‘No Time to Die’ review: Daniel Craig bids farewell to 007 with a slightly bloated Bond movie

One of the original theatrical victims of the pandemic, MGM delayed release From Craig’s fifth and final outing for 18 months, he put 15 years between his “Casino Royale” debut and this chapter. Although he never missed a step, his versions of Bond never equaled such a great introduction, and “No Time to Die” was no exception.

To his credit, this two-hour, 43-minute film (which makes the title somewhat of a lie) builds insistently on everything that recent Bond films have created, in a way that previous incarnations generally haven’t. This deepened the character, allowing Bond to experience grief, loss, and love without pressing the reset button, despite Blofeld’s evil recurring.

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (“True Detective”), this film delivers notice of his grand storytelling ambitions with perhaps the longest pre-credit sequence in memory, and both introduce a mysterious new villain (played by Rami Malek, apparently directed by Peter Lowery) And find Bond happily retired.

Of course, the post-service blessing can’t go on, as M (Ralph Fiennes) and his CIA friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) seek to lure him back into a mission involving a terrible biological weapon (perhaps not the best time for that particular plot). ) and his old enemies in Specter, bringing back Madeleine Swan (Léa Seydoux) and the currently imprisoned Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) from the 2015 film.

Bond also finds that his place in MI6 has been ably occupied by a new agent (Lashana Lynch) who inherited his 007 license. However, while Lynch makes a strong addition, their brawling banter is relatively weak, only adding to the abundance of moving parts that the more plot-driven must serve. more complex than usual.

The basic idea is that the world has changed—certainly since the Cold War period in which the character was born—sourcing alliances and making them, Leiter believes, “hard to distinguish between good and evil.” However, this measure of complexity did not enhance a formula built on world-threatening villains and muscle work.

In terms of Bond basics, the movie offers some great sequels and action sequences, with Ana de Armas (Craig’s “Get out the knives” co-star) adding another dose of female empowerment during a mission that takes Bond to Cuba.

However, No Time to Die seems to be working very hard to give Craig a farewell worth all the hype associated with it – an excess that can be summed up simply, finally, by spending a lot of time getting to the end.

“No Time To Die” will be shown in US theaters on October 8. It has been rated as PG-13.

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