[The following contains spoilers for No Time to Die]
Daniel Craig says he’s satisfied with the way his Bond tenure ended in No time to die. Craig’s fifth go-around as James Bond would prove momentous, as the long-running franchise took the unprecedented step of killing Bond in the film’s explosive finale.
Craig of course first donned the James Bond tuxedo in the 2006 series hit. Casino Royale. The series had its ups and downs after that, hitting a questionable low ebb with Quantum of Consolation before bouncing with Fall from the sky. Box office success has been that consistent throughout Craig’s tenure, best evidenced by 2015 Spectrum, which grossed $ 880 million although it was not well priced. However, all good things come to an end, and so Craig chose to finally get away from Bond after No time to die.
Obviously, Eon and his company wanted to give Craig a huge farewell and they certainly managed to make things memorable when they chose to send his Sunset Bond literally blowing him up in the film’s final scenes. . As for Craig himself, he recently spoke on the podcast No Time to Die: The Official James Bond Podcast about how her character ended and said her last Bond film was “really very very satisfying. “He elaborated (via NME), “There were a lot of different ideas coming and going and some getting stuck. The crossing line to this is family [and] love, plus the fact that we had an ending, so it was about hanging the movie that. “
The family angle in No time to die was of course introduced by the revelation of Bond having a daughter by his former lover Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux). This obviously raised the stakes for the character throughout the film, as he found himself not only battling the usual host of villains, but also trying to protect his family from the film’s main villain, Safin (Rami Malek ). Some fans might not have appreciated this extra element as it strayed from Bond’s standard formula, in which 007 only cares about defeating enemies while having a little fun along the way and n has no personal connection with other characters. complicate matters. But Craig clearly believed the film needed Bond to forge those deeper bonds and have something more immediate to fight for than the somewhat abstract idea of saving the world. And frankly, recent Bond films have looked at this idea before, with Bond having deeper relationships with characters like Vesper Lynd, while also having more personal connections with villains like Blofeld.
Regardless of whether one agrees with the decision to give Bond a family in No time to dieThere is no doubt that the film had more of an emotional punch than the average Bond film, and the explosive climax was a truly breathtaking development that left the film resonating greater than most Bond adventures. Now the challenge for Eon is to replace Craig and move the Bond series forward after concluding an entire era in such a memorable way with No time to die.
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