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Film review: NO TIME TO DIE

After fifteen years, three decades, five Prime Ministers, four Presidents, five movies and two M’s; Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond has come to an end.

Official No Time to Die trailer

Thoughts on the film?

In short it’s good.

Craig is great, there are good action set pieces, Lea Seydoux get’s a lot more to do, Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas’ characters are cool and Rami Malek is creepy. It’s worth seeing the film at the cinema.

No Time to Die is the 25th James Bond film in the long running franchise and Daniel Craig’s much touted last outing as Bond.

Set immediately after James Bond retired with his lover Madeline Swann (played by Lea Seydoux) at the end of Spectre, we see Bond get back into action hunting down a rogue scientist who was developing a bio-weapon (now we know why this got pulled back in the first place).

The film itself can be described as big and sprawling. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga evokes the more grandiose aspects of previous Bond movies; secret bases, gadgets, gimmicky henchmen and makes it fit so gradually into Craig’s era of Bond movie.

If you don’t remember Casino Royale was made as a more back-to-basics reboot of the character, with him dealing with actual terrorists. As the films went on, they drip fed more of the classic Bond elements: Skyfall had Q and Moneypenny come back and Spectre tried to be like a classic Bond film but tried to meet it halfway (but that didn’t work.) No Time to Die actually works because it commits to the grandeur of it all.

The characters performance’s

On the performance side of things, Daniel Craig is great as he always is these films. As a farewell performance Craig probably delivers a great capstone to his time as Bond.

Lea Seydoux gets a lot more to do this time round, kinda reminded me of her character in Death Stranding.

Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas are great additions to the film and both have good chemistry with Craig.

Finally, Rami Malek is creepy as the main Bond villain Safin, but his character is not as memorable as Raoul Silva or Le Chiffe.

How was the action?

On the action side of things, it’s a lot more subdued. The film finds a good balance between being action packed and character driven. There are a lot of action sequences that are good, but this is more of a character driven film.

Stand out scenes have to be the shoot out in a forest, as well as the car chase in Italy.

Final thoughts?

No Time to Die is a great end for Daniel Craig’s Bond. The film manages to weld the tones of being a brilliant character piece and a grandiose spy film seamlessly. It’s going to be interesting to see what’s next Bond.  

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