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25th February 2020

Billie Eilish breaks a Bond song record. How did the others fare?

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'No Time To Die' has already broken a 007 record before the film's release (except for the longest break between films for an actor) as Billie Eilish secured #1 in the UK charts with the biggest opening week ever for a James Bond title song. The song sold 90,000 copies in its first seven days and clocked up 10.6 million streams. It is also the biggest single of the year so far in the UK.

The only other UK chart-topper, the previous film's 'Writing's On The Wall' by Sam Smith, sold almost 70k copies when it hit #1 in 2015. Back in 2012, Adele sold 84k copies in her first week, but only made it to #2. 'Skyfall' does hold the record of being in the Top 100 the longest at a staggering 32 weeks. The only other #1 near-miss for Bond was when 'A View To A Kill' by Duran Duran stood firm at #2 for a frustrating three weeks in 1985, held off the top by Paul Hardcastle's '19.'

All of the UK chart entries by tracks from the James Bond franchise ranked by peak position:

Chart Film
1 No Time To Die - Billie Eilish (2020)
1 Writing's On The Wall - Sam Smith (2015)
2 Skyfall - Adele (2012)
2 A View To A Kill - Duran Duran (1985)
3 Die Another Day - Madonna (2002)
3 We Have All The Time In The World - Louis Armstrong (1994)
5 The Living Daylights - a-ha (1987)
6 Licence To Kill - Gladys Knight (1989)
7 You Know My Name - Chris Cornell (2006)
7 Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon (1977)
8 The James Bond Theme Re-Version - Moby (1997)
8 For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton (1981)
9 Another Way To Die - Jack White & Alicia Keys (2008)
9 Live And Let Die - Paul McCartney & Wings (1973)
10 GoldenEye - Tina Turner (1995)
11 The World Is Not Enough - Garbage (1999)
11 You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra (1967)
12 Tomorrow Never Dies - Sheryl Crow (1997)
13 The James Bond Theme - The John Barry Orchestra (1963)
20 From Russia With Love - Matt Munro (1963)
21 Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey (1964)
35 Thunderball - Tom Jones (1965)
38 Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey (1971)
39 From Russia With Love - John Barry (1963)
49 If There Was A Man - The Pretenders (1987)
75 All Time High - Rita Coolidge (1983)

'The Man With The Golden Gun' by Lulu and 'Moonraker' by Shirley Bassey failed to chart in the UK.

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