No Time To Die movie review

Rating: 4 out of 6.

After months of delay, Daniel Craig’s final run as James Bond has come to an end with “No Time To Die”, his fifth outing as the British agent which unanimously brought a fresh new take on the iconic character. This time, he is going on his most challenging mission yet; to end his era with a bang. And that he definitely did.

“No Time To Die” takes place directly after the disappointing “Spectre” where James Bond is free from his ties with MI6, living romantically with his new love Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux). However, trouble seems to find him as the evil organisation Spectre led by Ernst Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) hunts him wherever he goes leading him to believe that he is betrayed by his female companion who may have a darker history than Bond realised.

Preceding characters aren’t the only thing carrying the plot forward though. In “No Time To Die”, it is filled with newer characters who are exciting to watch but unfortunately, don’t get to do as much as one would hope for. Rami Malek as the new bad ticked all of the classic Bond villain formula with his lingering presence, mumbling his way through a conversation with a busted face, being evil just for the sake of being evil. Lashana Lynch as Nomi, the new 007 agent after Bond’s retirement who confidently stood her ground as being her own but was only viewed as the competition in Bond’s eyes. Ana de Armas lucked out the most as being the most interesting side character only to have 10 minutes of screentime.

But honestly, who cares about them anyway? This is supposed to be Craig’s show; his last hurrah as James Bond whom he played since 2006. At age 51 (time of filming), Craig still kicks ass as the British spy agent and looked even better with the help of cinematographer Linus Sandgren’s beautiful visuals that looked almost artistic in certain scenes. One in particular that took place early on in Italy where Bond was outrunning bad guys in his trusty ol’ Aston Martin was so thrilling as director Cary Fukunaga holds a shot as long as he can to display the action sequences in full view. The oner up the stairs was also a standout too.

Since this is Craig’s last, “No Time To Die” felt like a greatest hits compilation of all the best things about his 15-year run as James Bond. You got the fast car chase scenes rivalling the one in “Quantum Of Solace”, action beats as thrilling as “Casino Royale”, the ominous villain close to (but not as good as) Javier Bardem’s Raoul Silva in “Skyfall”, the beautiful women, the creative gadgets, the shaken martinis; everything you love about Craig’s James Bond all boxed into one movie. The challenge is to write a story all around those elements for him to carry and, while some are undeniably cliché, luckily, “No Time To Die” is fine enough to leave fans satisfied.

So, thank you Daniel Craig for being – in my opinion – the best James Bond to date. From “Casino Royale” all the way to “No Time To Die”, this version of Bond is definitely one to remember cinematically and artistically. Who will be the next Bond? If you ask me, I’d want Michael Fassbender next but in this era of modern wokeness and post-“Me Too”, who’s to say if a white British male is even considered to become the next person to fill Craig’s big shoes.

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