Billie Eilish's Bond theme song viewed nearly four million times in nine hours

Ian Collier, news reporter

Billie Eilish's James Bond theme song No Time To Die has been viewed nearly four million times in nine hours after being released at midnight.

The song appears to have gone down well, with "hauntingly beautiful" and "mesmerising" among the online comments, while some are predicting an Oscar next year.

The 18-year-old joins an illustrious list of performers including Adele, Sam Smith, Madonna, Sir Paul McCartney and Dame Shirley Bassey.

In a statement, 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 honour.

"James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I'm still in shock."

Her brother and collaborator Finneas added: "Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we've been dreaming about doing our entire lives.

"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."

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Last month, she became the youngest artist ever to win the big four categories at the Grammys.

For her debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Eilish took home best new artist, album of the year, record of the year and best pop vocal album.

Her single Bad Guy won song of the year.

No Time To Die is Daniel Craig's fifth and final outing as James Bond and is due to be released in UK cinemas on 2 April.

The official James Bond Twitter account also confirmed Eilish and Finneas will perform No Time To Die at the Brit Awards next week, accompanied by composer Hans Zimmer and revered guitarist Johnny Marr.