Dream job: The British-born star, 31, had long dreamed of doing a James Bond song

Ed Sheeran says he felt ‘hurt’ when he was replaced by Billie Eilish for James Bond theme

Ed Sheeran talks about one of his most recent career disappointments where he was offered a dream job and then taken away from him.

During an appearance on This podcast by Peter Crouch, the pop star has revealed he was tapped to write and perform the theme song for Daniel Craig’s latest James Bond film, No Time To Die, when he was abruptly replaced by Billie Eilish.

“I’m not going to pretend it doesn’t hurt not to,” the singer admitted to Crouch.

Dream job: The British-born star, 31, had long dreamed of doing a James Bond song

Massive success: Eilish, 20, not only replaced Sheeran, but she had huge success with her version of No Time To Die

Heartbreak: Ed Sheeran has revealed he was tapped to write and perform a theme song for the latest Bond film No Time To Die, but ended up being replaced by Billie Eilish

The opportunity first arose in 2017 when Sheeran met Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, who had expressed interest in him composing and performing a Bond theme song, according to rolling stone.

While eagerly penning the theme, Sheeran was told by his manager Stuart Camp that music is often the last thing a film does.

But between the COVID-19 production delays and the process of making music at the end of the creative process, it ended up leaving the door open for another artist to slip in.

It turns out that during this time Danny Boyle, who had worked with Sheeran on the romantic comedy film Yesterday (2019), gave up his job as director of No Time To Die due to “creative differences” and replaced by Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Ultimately, the No Time To Die theme ended up going to Billie Eilish, who found huge success with her version of the song.

The creative process had already begun: Sheeran confessed

The creative process had already begun: Sheeran confessed “I had started writing it”, when he learned that he had been replaced by Eilish

‘It hurts’: With a hint of apparent disappointment in his voice, the How Would You Feel star confessed on the That Peter Crouch podcast: ‘I’m not going to pretend it doesn’t hurt not to’ , in reference to the loss of the Bond theme song No Time To Die

Beginning of the end: And then they changed directors, changed scripts and that was it,' the Halifax, West Yorkshire, England native said of Danny Boyle stepping down as director of No Time To Die due to 'creative differences'

Beginning of the end: And then they changed directors, changed scripts and that was it,’ the Halifax, West Yorkshire, England native said of Danny Boyle stepping down as director of No Time To Die due to ‘creative differences’

Asked if he’s ever done a Crouch Bond song, Sheeran grinned and admitted, “I was this close to doing one,” with a hint of grief in his face. voice.

“But then they changed the director, changed the script and that was it,” the Halifax, West Yorkshire, England native, 31, explained, before adding: “We had done all the meetings, I started writing it.”

Despite heartbreak over losing the opportunity to join the long list of top-notch musical artists to write and perform a Bond theme song, Sheeran made it clear he still held out hope that he could get another shot. .

“But yeah, if they came back, I’d be like yeah, sure, yeah,” he said when asked if it was still something he loved to do.

Still a dream gig: Despite heartache at losing the opportunity to join the long list of top-notch musical artists to write and perform a James Bond theme song, Sheeran made it clear he still held out hope of be able to get another chance

Still a dream gig: Despite heartache at losing the opportunity to join the long list of top-notch musical artists to write and perform a James Bond theme song, Sheeran made it clear he still held out hope of be able to get another chance

“But yeah, if they came back, I’d be like yeah, sure, yeah,” Sheeran said when asked if a Bond theme song is still something he likes to do.

Bucket list: Sheeran still considers a James Bond theme song a goal he will achieve in the near future

Bucket list: Sheeran still considers a James Bond theme song a goal he will achieve in the near future

Along with Eilish’s No Time To Die, the James Bond title’s rich and varied history of theme songs over the years includes the likes of Paul McCartney & Wings (Live and Let Die, 1973), Chris Cornell (You Know My Name, 2006), Tina Turner (GoldenEye, 1995), Tina Turner (GoldenEye, 1995), Duran Duran (A View To A Kill, 1985), Nancy Sinatra (You Only Live Twice, 1967) and Madonna (Die Another Day , 2002).

Some of the other artists are Alicia Keys and Jack White (Another Way To Die, 2008), Sheena Easton (For Your Eyes Only, 1981), Gladys Knight – License To Kill, 1989), Carly Simon (Nobody Does It Better (1977) , Sheryl Crow (Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997) and Shirley Bassey (Diamonds are Forever, 1971), among others.

Considering Eilish’s success with No Time To Die, some would say the decision to move from Sheeran to the teenage pop star of the era was a good one and a profitable one.

Massive success: Eilish's No Time To Die went to number one on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart and resulted in numerous accolades including a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media;  she is pictured at the ceremony in March 2021

Massive success: Eilish’s No Time To Die went to number one on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart and resulted in numerous accolades including a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media; she is pictured at the ceremony in March 2021

Eilish’s Song debuted atop the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart, while peaking at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Additionally, it became Eilish’s first UK number one single and made her the first 21st century born artist to top the chart. The song is also only the second Bond theme to ever top the UK chart.

Eventually, the song, which Eilish co-wrote with her brother and collaborator Finneas O’Connell, won numerous accolades, including the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media and the Oscar for Best Original Song,

More accolades: Eilish, who wrote No Time To Die with her brother and collaborator, Finneas O'Connell, also won an Oscar for Best Original Song for No Time To Die;  they are pictured at the ceremony in Los Angeles in March 2022

More accolades: Eilish, who wrote No Time To Die with her brother and collaborator, Finneas O’Connell, also won an Oscar for Best Original Song for No Time To Die; they are pictured at the ceremony in Los Angeles in March 2022


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