‘No Time To Die’ Review: Daniel Craig’s Final Outing As James Bond Does Not Disappoint

NOTE: THERE ARE NO SPOILERS FOR NO TIME TO DIE IN THIS ARTICLE.

What to say? What to say? No Time To Die is magnificent, that’s all there is to say. I don’t use the word masterpiece lightly, but this film deserves it. Daniel Craig’s final outing in the world of James Bond does not fail to amaze, and it deserves all the praise it can get. From the plot and the characters to the settings and the vehicles, let’s get into what’s good and what’s bad about No Time To Die.

The Bad

Safin (Rami Malek) in NO TIME TO DIE. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM.

Let’s get the bad over with. This should be pretty short, as there’s not much in No Time To Die that’s terrible.

Villain Problems

I think the main thing about the film that wasn’t great is that Rami Malek’s Safin was underused. I’m not going to go into specifics (as this review is spoiler-free), but every time Safin appeared it was terrifying, and he should’ve been used a LOT more than he actually was. It would’ve made for a better film, and an overall better villain.

To compare him to some of the other Bond villains in the Daniel Craig era, he was much better than Dominic Greene (Quantum of Solace) or Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Spectre). However, it’s hard to beat Le Chiffre (Casino Royale) or Silva (Skyfall). However, he had this aura of terror that surrounded him whenever he set foot on-screen, something that none of the previous villains have had, which made the film much more enjoyable (and scary).

Runtime

The other minor issue with this film is it’s runtime. Clocking in at 2 hours and 43 minutes, it felt quite long at times, and I felt multiple times that it could’ve been shortened to maybe 2 hours and 20 minutes. There were at least 2 scenes where I feel the dialogue could’ve been cut or shortened a little bit.

The Good

(L-R) James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Paloma (Ana de Armas) in NO TIME TO DIE. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM.

Now, for the good, which will assuredly be a lot longer. There’s so much to cover, Ana de Armas, the action, and more.

Ana de Armas

Ana de Armas was, in short, AMAZING. Unfortunately, she was only in the movie for 10-15 minutes, but for EVERY SINGLE ONE of those minutes, she never failed to amaze in her performance as Paloma. No spoilers, but it was absolutely incredible. And, from what you know from the trailers, her fighting abilities are astounding. I daresay she could take Nomi in a fight, given the chance.

Action Sequences

The action sequences of this film are arguably the best in the franchise. Nomi, Paloma, Bond, and even Madeleine Swann have great sequences where they take turns beating the pulp out of both Spectre’s agents and Safin’s hitmen. One of the most memorable is at the club in Cuba, where Ana de Armas’ Paloma beats up Spectre agents using a combination of firearms and martial arts. Rest assured, there will be plenty of action in this Bond film.

The New 007
Nomi (Lashana Lynch) is ready for action in Cuba in NO TIME TO DIE. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM.

Now, as for 007, she’s just as fit and ready as Bond, if not more. She also has the wit that’s become a trademark of 007s. She isn’t afraid to go against her superiors, when necessary, and also likes agitating Bond. Also not a bad touch, Nomi has great taste when coming to outfits and vehicles. The Aston Martin DBS is a great car, and her choice in No Time To Die.

Nomi is a double-0, but in this film seems to serve the purpose of James Bond’s sidekick. While a lot of you will immediately think this isn’t a great role for her (and I was inclined to agree with you), she actually plays that role with ease and honor. Lashana Lynch also doesn’t allow herself to get sucked up in Daniel Craig’s shadow, and manages to keep Nomi as a memorable, distinct character in the Bond franchise.

The Plot

The plot of this film is arguably the best of the franchise’s 25 films. While films like Goldfinger, Casino Royale, Dr. No, and Skyfall are up there, No Time To Die‘s plot is incredibly interesting in both its scale and nature. It focuses on a terrorist (Safin) who is trying to spread a bio-weapon throughout the planet, aiming to kill tens of millions of people. This may seem typical at first, but as we get more and more into the movie, we realize that the plot is anything but. There are also quite a few surprises in store for viewers.

A Few More Things…

(L-R) Tanner (Rory Kinnear), Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and M (Ralph Fiennes) in NO TIME TO DIE. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM.

I wouldn’t be doing my job if I failed to mention these final few worthy mentions:

Pre-Viewing

Before you enter the theater to go see No Time To Die, you should also try and watch the previous Daniel Craig films. This is because all 5 films have an overarching narrative, unlike the previous Bond universes, which have been independent stories, for the most part. The most important to see are Casino Royale and Spectre, though seeing Skyfall and Quantum of Solace wouldn’t hurt.

The Ending

That ending…….well, I’m not going to spoil it for you, but prepare for heavy emotions as you leave the theater. Also try to stay for the end of the credits as well, you’ll never know what you might see…

Conclusion

(L-R) James Bond (Daniel Craig), Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and Q (Ben Whishaw) in NO TIME TO DIE. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM.

All in all, No Time To Die is an extremely satisfying conclusion to the latest chapter in the Bond saga. The characters, the plot, the action, it all makes this satisfying conclusion to Daniel Craig’s run as James Bond. I would gladly see this film again and again. Outstanding job to Cary Joji Fukunaga and the entire cast and crew. Top 3 Bond film for me, and that’s saying something, as there are 25.

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Analysis: Will The Delta Variant Force Studios To Shift Film Slates Yet Again?

With a lot of the world under lockdown for 2020, with vaccines available in 2021, there was hope of defeating the virus. Now, it looks like we may be shutting down again. Cinema Reviewed’s Adam Wade analyzed the situation, and here’s what he found (Actual analysis below “Do More Films Have The Potential To Be Delayed?”).

Why Is Hollywood Delaying Films Again?

In recent months, the new Delta Variant has starting spreading, with the number of cases and deaths rising. It seems studios have noticed this. They have delayed films, with ‘Clifford: The Big Red Dog’ being the first of what’s likely to be many.

What Has Been Delayed So Far?

As mentioned earlier, Paramount Pictures’ ‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’ has been delayed indefinitely due to uncertainty of how the new Delta Variant might affect the box office. David Lowery’s “The Green Knight” has been delayed in the UK due to the same reason, while a episode of Marvel Studios’ “What If…?” being pushed to season 2 since it hadn’t finished on time.

Do More Films Have The Potential To Be Delayed?

It’s seems there are a lot of questions on what Hollywood could delay next. There have been concerns around ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ after Sony started advertising the film as “This Fall” rather than the September 24th date.

There are also concerns over the highly anticipated ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’. With 4 months until the film, we still have no trailer or footage, besides 3 stills released in February.

With the pandemic being an ever changing situation, all studios can do is watch and wait. All we can do is wonder if the box office will ever be the same.

My Thoughts On The Topic

The coronavirus is a ever changing situation. Even with vaccines being created, developed, and rolled out, expect films to be delayed. Studios want to make as much money as possible, especially from blockbuster films they know can do well in a good market.

To conclude, I do believe that films like ‘Dune’, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ and ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ could be delayed if COVID statistics don’t get better. Only time will tell.

Upcoming Major Film Release Schedule (2021)

Free Guy releases in theaters on August 13.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings releases in theaters on September 3.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage releases in theaters on September 24.

The Many Saints of Newark releases in theaters on October 1.

No Time To Die releases in theaters on October 8.

Dune and Last Night in Soho release in theaters on October 22.

Eternals releases in theaters on November 5.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife releases in theaters on November 11.

Top Gun: Maverick releases in theaters on November 19.

House of Gucci and Encanto release in theaters on November 24.

West Side Story releases in theaters on December 10.

Spider-Man: No Way Home releases in theaters on December 17.

The Matrix 4 and The King’s Man release in theaters on December 22.