The soundtrack for No Time To Die lands at number 7 within the Official UK album charts. The chart position marks the highest chart success for a James Bond soundtrack.
The soundtrack was penned by award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, the album’s high chart position also marks the highest charting release for him. Released via Decca Records, the soundtrack has also topped the Official Classical Artists Album chart. The previous high chart achiever released from the James Bond franchise belonged to Goldfinger. The soundtrack was released in 1964 and composed by John Barry.
The legendary German composer, Hans Zimmer, has written some of the most famous soundtracks in cinematic history. Zimmer’s long list of work includes The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Pirates of The Caribbean series, Gladiator and 1993 Tarantino film True Romance. Zimmer has also achieved many accolades during his long career of over 150 films. The composer was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Lion King in 1995. Zimmer’s large collection of awards also includes four Grammies, two Golden Globes plus many more.
Included within the soundtrack is the 25th James Bond film’s title track entitled “No Time To Die”. Written and performed by The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and “Bay Guy” singer Billie Eilish, the single also achieved chart success. Co-written by Eilish’s musical partner and brother Finneas O’Connell, the single debuted at number one when first released last year. Eilish, who was 18 at the time of the release, has become the first female and youngest artist to top the UK chart with a Bond theme. The single also holds the most successful opening release for a Bond Theme, the single re-entered the charts this week after the soundtrack release.
Zimmer has spoken to OfficialCharts.com on his chart success. “It’s incredible to think that we effectively launched this album at the Brits in 2019! It feels fantastic that the movie and its music are finally receiving such a rapturous and record-breaking reception. If you’re going to make chart history, you might as well do it with James Bond! I’m delighted.”
Laura Monks and Tom Lewis, co-managing directors of Decca Records have stated that they “thrilled” for the soundtrack and Zimmer’s chart success. Both also added, “Both legends in their own right. We couldn’t be prouder of the whole Decca team and of the increasingly strong bond (sorry!) that we have built with our partners at EON and MGM.”
Martin Talbot, Chief Executive of Official Charts Company, also provided the following statement, “The triumphant return of Bond, James Bond, this autumn has been a huge film for the nation post-lockdown and the incredible success of the soundtrack album has emphasised quite how much we love a Bond score. The involvement this time of Billie Eilish and Johnny Marr alongside Hans Zimmer has broadened the audience for this OST more than ever before. We have had to wait, but it was certainly well worth waiting for.”
No Time To Die was released in theatres on 30th September 2021 via Universal Pictures International. The latest instalment from the famous spy franchise has achieved great success within the box office. The new release also sees Daniel Craig reprieve his role as James Bond. The feature film took the highest opening weekend within the UK, beating out the rest of the series which spans over 50 years.
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