NO TIME TO DIE
Review: James Bond has left active service and is enjoying his retirement in Jamaica. He gets a visit from an old friend, Felix Leiter from the CIA asking for help, which forces Bond out of retirement. This leads Bond on a journey to a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Actors: Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Billy Magnussen, Christoph Waltz, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah and Hugh Dennis
Genre: Action, Adventure and Thriller
Welcome to my fifth and final Daniel Craig Bond review! On my blog you will also find reviews of Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). Due to the pandemic, No Time to Die was originally targeted for a 2017 release, then pushed back to 2019, and once again to 2020, then pushed back to 2021. I have to say how worried I was before I went into this film that it wouldn’t enjoy it or it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. After watching it all my fears had gone and I was just amazed at the whole film. It was everything that I hoped it would be and it did not disappoint. Out of all the Bond movies I felt this was most like On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). I did enjoy the script, although I did get the feeling while watching it that it was written by several people and not just one. Cary Joji Fukunaga isn’t really a director that I am familiar with and I was therefore slightly worried when it was announced that he was directing the next Bond. I have to say that he has done a fantastic job. As is well known, Danny Boyle was originally down to direct this so I have wondered what his storyline or plans for the film were going to be. Would we have seen a very different Bond? I think Lea Seydoux was fantastic in this plus it is her film as much as it is Daniel Craig’s. I enjoyed Rami Malek’s performance, although one interesting fact is that he is aged 38, which is the same age Daniel Craig was when he first starred as James Bond in Casino Royale (2006). The whole cast were fantastic and it was great to see the familiar cast back. In my opinion, if Ralph Fiennes was in charge of MI6 in real life I would have every faith in him! In this film I got the impression that Daniel Craig was more confident at playing Bond. There is everything in this film that you would want, for example the gadgets and the action scenes. I must say that the film is accompanied by a brilliant and beautiful score by Hans Zimmer. I do think that over the years the Bond movies have got more serious. The main themes in this film are to do with love and family. The next person that takes on the Bond role I think will have a much harder and tougher job to pull off. I found it all so emotional that by the end I was in tears! I can’t say enough how lovely it is as well to be back in a cinema. At the Bafta Film Awards in 2022 this won for Best Editing. At the Academy Awards in 2022 this won one Oscar award for Best Music (Original Song).