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Ed Sheeran was ‘hurt’ after his James Bond theme song was scrapped for Billie Eilish

He still gets Shivers.

Ed Sheeran revealed it “hurt” to see his James Bond theme song shelved for Billie Eilish’s hit track, “No Time To Die.”

The “Shape of You” hitmaker said he’d “already started” writing the song when suddenly he was replaced by the 7-time Grammy-winning teen superstar.

“They changed directors and then they just changed scripts and that was it. We had done all the meetings, I started writing it,” the 31-year-old said on “That Peter Crouch Podcast.”

But Sheeran isn’t losing all hope just yet.

When asked if he would still be willing to sing a Bond theme tune in the future, it was a clear-cut yes.

“Yeah, of course,” he added. I’m not gonna pretend it didn’t hurt not doing it, but yeah I would.”

“I think eventually as an English singer you’ve got to eventually do a Bond song,” the singer said. “If they came back I’d be like, ‘Yeah, of course.’”

Billie Eilish replaced Sheeran as the singer on the main theme song for "No Time to Die."
Billie Eilish replaced Sheeran as the singer on the main theme song for “No Time to Die.”
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Eilish’s official theme song for the blockbuster “No Time to Die” made her the youngest artist to ever write a song for the 007 franchise.

The hit track won the 2022 Academy Award for “Best Original Song,” as well as a Grammy Award for “Best Song Written for Visual Media.”

Eilish joins other superstars who’ve penned songs for the Daniel Craig-starring James Bond films, including Chris Cornell (“You Know My Name” for “Casino Royale”), Adele (“Skyfall”), Jack White and Alicia Keys (“Another Way to Die” for “Quantum of Solace”), and Sam Smith (“Writing’s on the Wall” for “Spectre”).

Eilish wrote the song with her 22-year-old brother and musical collaborator Finneas O’Connell, with orchestral arrangements by renowned composer and Oscar winner Hans Zimmer and British conductor Matt Dunkley. The Smiths legend Johnny Marr plays guitar on the track.

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