Ed Sheeran “Hurt” for Losing Out on the Opportunity to Perform the James Bond Theme Song

Even though Billie Eilish got the job, Ed Sheeran won’t give up on his dream of singing a James Bond theme song.

The “Shape of You” singer, who is 31 was a guest on the latest episode of That Peter Crouch Podcast. He talked about his chance to sing for a James Bond movie.

Sheeran said that his dream for “No Time to Die” was very close to coming true. “They changed directors and then they just changed scripts and that was it. We had done all the meetings, I started writing it…” the singer said.

Sheeran said when asked if he still wanted to sing a Bond theme song in the future, “Yeah, of course.  I’m not gonna pretend it didn’t hurt not doing it, but yeah I would. If they came back I’d be like, ‘Yeah, of course.’ “

The first plan was for Danny Boyle to direct the James Bond movie No Time to Die. But he quit in August 2018 because of “creative differences,” which pushed back the release date.

The movie, which will be shown for the first time in September 2021, was directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Daniel Craig returned as the main character, making this his fifth time playing Agent 007.


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Later, “No Time to Die,” the official Bond song, was chosen for Eilish to record in February 2020. The 20-year-old singer of “Bad Guy” joined Sam Smith and Adele in singing the James Bond theme, but she is the youngest person to do so.

Finneas, Eilish’s brother and Stephen Lipson worked together to produce the song. Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley arranged the orchestral parts, and Johnny Marr played the guitar.

In a statement from the time, Eilish said, “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way.” “To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.”

“Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives,” Finneas added. “There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die. We feel so so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”

Ed Sheeran Hurt to Not Perform the James Bond Theme
Ed Sheeran Hurt to Not Perform the James Bond Theme

Sheeran said in 2017 that he had written a Bond song before anyone asked him to, just in case he ever needed it.

“With Bond, I’ve actually had a theme tune written for about three years, just in case,” he said while on Ireland’s The Late Late Show, before accepting that he hadn’t been asked to write one … yet.

He wouldn’t say what the song was called. “I’m not going to say ’cause someone might steal it, but it’s good,” he said, reassuring the audience.

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