No Time to Die

2021, Mystery & thriller/Adventure, 2h 43m

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It isn't the sleekest or most daring 007 adventure, but No Time to Die concludes Daniel Craig's franchise tenure in satisfying style. Read critic reviews

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It's very long and packed with plot, but No Time to Die says goodbye to Daniel Craig's Bond with all the action and excitement franchise fans expect. Read audience reviews

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In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

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  • Nov 19, 2021
    One cannot talk about No Time to Die without talking about finality. I'll try and dance around significant spoilers but the movie by design is meant to serve as the capper to the Daniel Craig era filling out the world's favorite martini-drinking British secret agent. I thought that 2015's Spectre was the swan song for Craig as it brought back a famous franchise villain Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) made the man Bond's secret half-brother, and it tried to explain how every bad thing that seemed to befall Bond was the machinations of an evil conspiracy, and then it literally ends with Bond driving into the sunset in his classic car with his girl (Lea Seydoux) by his side. It felt like the end, and it felt very much like everyone was just done and tired. And then the Bond producers wanted one more shot, or more likely one more lucrative franchise entry, to send an even older, battle-tested Craig on his way. I was wary of another Spectre-like entry, one that was tying back to the elements of decades-old for empty homage. Does anyone really care that the villain is meant to be Blofeld who means next to nothing to audiences in this era? After watching all 160 minutes of the longest Bond on record, for an actor who has portrayed 007 for 15 years, I have to say that No Time to Die is a terrific action movie and a welcomed second chance at a sendoff for the modern era of Bond that has gone through great artistic rebirth. Bond's cozy retirement is short-lived. Spectre agents have found him and Madeleine (Seydoux) and now Bond is forced to ship off his love for her safety. Years later, Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek) is determined to take down the last vestiges of the Spectre organization, the same group responsible for murdering his family. Bond is recruited by the newest 007 agent, Nomi (Lashana Lynch), to help MI-6 locate a kidnapped scientist with a powerful nanobot poison that can be genetically targeted to a specific person. Bond agrees especially once he realizes that Safn and his dangerous organization are targeting Madeleine, who has a big surprise of her own. As an action movie, I will argue that No Time to Die is better than 2012's Skyfall, the Bond film that is widely seen as the high point of Craig's tenure but one I find overrated. Director and co-screenwriter Cary Fukunaga, the second director ever given a writing credit for a Bond film, has crafted a beautiful movie with a real sense on how to showcase the majesty and suspense. Nothing will likely rival the superb cinematography by the legendary Roger Deakins on Skyfall, but this movie gets as close as you can get. It's a remarkably beautiful looking movie. I mean that not just in the exotic locales and scenic vistas but simply in its depiction of action. The visual arrangements are noticeably several levels higher in quality, elegantly composed and lit to make each scene so pleasing to the eyes even before the information of the scene translates. Fukunaga (True Detective) frames the action in clear shots and clean edits so the audience is oriented with every shot and each patient edit point. For an era that began by trying to adopt the Paul Greengrass-style of docu-drama edits popularized with the Bourne sequels, it's quite a welcomed change. I appreciate that action directors have creatively gone more in a direction of longer takes, wider shots, and a conscious effort to showcase the ingenuity and skills of its action choreography. Let us enjoy watching the masters of action operate at their highest level. Fukunaga understands this, and while the action might not be the best in the series, it is lovingly orchestrated and displayed. There is a delightful mid-movie set piece that deserves its own attention mainly because of how actress Ana de Armas (Knives Out, Blade Runner 2049) steals the show. She plays Paloma, a CIA agent working in coordination with Bond, and the two of them wreak havoc across a Cuban neighborhood while wearing their finest evening wear. She immediately leaves a favorable impression and struts her stuff while operating heavy machinery with confidence. This part feels the most aided by co-screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge's contributions. Craig personally requested that Waller-Bridge, best known for award-winning TV like Fleabag and the first season of Killing Eve, come aboard and help polish the script, including characterization and dialogue. This sequence feels the most in keeping with her past spy thriller work and penchant for strong female characters who are meant to take the lead. de Armas is so memorable, and her segment so self-contained, that it feels like a backdoor spinoff to set up her own character's franchise, and one that I wouldn't hesitate to watch. If you thought Spectre was getting convoluted with how it tried to bend over backwards to explain how one man and one villainous conspiracy were manipulating all of Bond's many miseries and setbacks, well then things are going to get even worse for you to keep up with. I'll credit returning screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have been with the storied franchise even before Craig's 2006 debut, with attempting to make the continuity matter for a franchise that often throws up its hands at continued emotional stakes. By stretching backwards with ret-cons and added flashbacks, every new Bond movie tries to better evaluate the previous ones including the poorer movies, like Spectre and 2008's Quantum of Solace. It's like saying, "Hey, you didn't like those bad guys in that movie? Well, these are the real bad guys," or, "Well, maybe you didn't like them, but their heinous actions gave rise to these new bad guys." However, a consequence of continuing to add further and further clandestine machinations, and spiraling consequence from those machinations, is that Bond has now become a tangled web that is more convoluted without offering much in the way of payoff. I don't think much more is gained introducing a new villain saying, "It was me all along," when we don't have an established relationship or interest with these new villains. Imagine introducing the Emperor back in Episode 9 of Star Wars and saying he was secretly behind everything… oh wait. There are also benefits to this approach and No Time to Die crafts a sendoff unlike any other final entry for a Bond actor. This is a franchise going back sixty years, but the 007 brand has endured because no one actor is bigger than the brand. The franchise is regularly resetting with each new addition. The hyperbolic bombast and tongue-in-cheek frivolity of the Pierce Brosnan years (1995-2002) was replaced with a more grounded, gritty, and psychologically wounded Bond, made even more so by giving him personal attachments and then taking them away. I would argue this decade-plus with Craig (2006-2021) has involved the most mature and personal movies of the franchise;s history. It's fitting then for the final film to pay service to that elevated take on the character. If you're treating the secret spy as more of a person than a suit and a gun and a wisecrack, then that character deserves an ending that stays true to prioritizing more human elements of the character. To that end, No Time to Die works as a final sendoff, and I feel pretty confidant saying Craig is officially done now. After a year and a half of delays from COVID, as well as its parent company, MGM, being bought for billions by Amazon, we finally have the final Bond movie in Daniel Craig's successful run, and it's a worthy finale for an era of the franchise becoming relevant again. I don't know if that many people are emotionally attached to the character, likely more so just the nostalgia and the franchise, but if ever you were going to tear up from a James Bond thriller, this would be the one. It's an exceptionally strong visual caper, with smooth and steady direction from Fukunaga, and while overly long and convoluted and a dull villain, it comes together for a worthy and celebratory conclusion that stands with the best of Bond. I'll still cite 2006's Casino Royale as the best Craig Bond, and one of the best ever, but No Time to Die is a solid second-place entry, and it does what few other Bonds ever could: fitting finality. Until, naturally, the popular series inevitably reboots with the next handsome leading man sipping a signature vodka martini (shaken, not stirred). Nate's Grade: B+
    Nate Z Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2021
    A neatly packaged and entertaining exit for Daniel Craig's Bond that ties closely with 2015's Spectre. The movie has the usual hallmarks of espionage, gadgets and fancy cars but they all feel like uninspired ingredients that are expected of the franchise at this point. Thematically there's a lot of concise narrative choices that reinforce ideas of "legacy" and how one wants to be remembered for their "time". Often it feels all the effort almost excessive but at least it drives the point home. A lot of focus is made crafting Bond's personal and romantic narrative for emotional resonance but this makes the "big bad" antagonist feel somewhat like an afterthought, with much of his backstory and development coming from exposition. All intentions to make him come off as a parallel or antithesis to Bond feels forced, if not for Rami Malek's intense on screen presence he would've been rather forgettable. The supporting cast is quite fun with their own entertaining quirks. The greenhorn CIA agent, (Ana de Armas who feels oddly wasted to only have one act in the film) the new contentious 007's (Lashana Lynch) rivalry with Bond, Q being Q etc. No Time to Die finishes Craig's run beautifully, despite a relatively dull espionage plot Bond's personal narratives are fittingly what matters most as the end credits roll and they do wrap up quite nicely.
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2021
    The James Bond franchise wasn't something I got into until Casino Royale hit theatres back in 2006. It was after that film that I decided to go back and give the entire franchise a watch. For me, there is an equal number of good and bad Bond films. I've never loved this franchise for that exact reason, but have always appreciated its legacy. Daniel Craig and Sean Connery are definitely my two favourite portrayals of the character, but I do believe that with Casino Royale, Skyfall, and now No Time to Die, Craig was a part of more good Bond films than any other actor. Here's why I believe No Time to Die is a very fitting final film for Daniel Craig. Unlike the rest of the franchise, the Daniel Craig films are all connected to each other, and therefore No Time to Die picks up after the events of Spectre, which have large ramifications here. More than any others, I would say Casino Royale and Spectre are the most referenced throughout the course of this movie. Now retired and wishing to retire, isolated, James Bond is brought back into the field one last time when the organization known as Spectre is brought back into the forefront. Now headed by mastermind Safin (Rami Malek), his mission is to hunt him down to end this organization. With the addition of other subplots and dealing with the fact that the 007 moniker is now in use by someone else, it makes it difficult for Bond to have an easy way out.  The character of Safin is only in the film for a handful of scenes, but Rami Malek made them quite memorable for me. I was actually okay with the fact that the main villain had so little screen time because I didn't see that as the main point of the film. Léa Seydoux as Madeleine makes her return here as well and her storyline with Bond is really what made this film work for me as much as it did. This is the most different James Bond film in a very long time, in that it doesn't focus heavily on the villain storyline, but more of an aged Bond who just wants out of the game. Even though the notion of retirement has been in other Bond films, this one actually ran with it and I enjoyed that quite a lot.  My only complaint with this film is that there is quite a lot of fan service and there are times where it may be too much for certain viewers. I loved almost every moment of it though, even if there are one or two moments that really had me rolling my eyes. Other than a few moments that feel slightly forced in comparison with the rest of the movie, they ended up being very minor issues to me. All in all, this Bond film tries to cover all the bases that a classic James Bond film would have and I believe that it immensely worked well.  In the end, No Time to Die isn't going to be remembered for being the greatest James Bond film of all time or anything like that, but certain things that happen throughout the course of this film will absolutely be talked about for years to come. Daniel Craig is giving it his all here once again and returning characters also have more than a moment or two to shine. With some stellar Cinematography by Linus Sandgren and some very solid direction by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the look and feel of this film feels grand, even for this franchise. I have nothing but praise considering how much I enjoyed myself with this one, but I will say that a much more satisfying experience will come if you have seen the previous four Bond films. Now pleaying in theatres, absolutely check this one out.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2021
    Not as tedious as I expected but it is still plagued with issues (the main villain is underwhelming, the ending is a mess and the whole thing is overly serialized) but it has enough compelling action and references to "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" to warrant consideration for the second or third best of Craig's Bond films.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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