In the cinema: many Bond fans in “No time to die”
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By Megan Bianco
James Bond has one of the most inconsistent stories of any movie franchise since its inception.
at Martin Campbell Casino Royale (2006) made his debut with great success and was a big hit before the franchise crumbled a bit into Marc Forster Quantum of Consolation (2008). He regained praise with Sam Mendes’ Fall from the sky (2012), but again underperformed, in terms of quality, in Mendes’ Spectrum (2015).
Now with a new director, new writers and new cast for Cary Fukunaga’s film No time to die, does Daniel Craig’s last stint as Bond end on a high note?
While on vacation with a new woman in love, Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), in southern Italy, Bond (Craig) suffers an assassination attempt and discovers that Madeleine has secret connections to a criminal mastermind. research.
Feeling betrayed and disillusioned, Bond gives up everything and chooses to live off the grid in Jamaica for five years. But then, a visit from an old friend and colleague, Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), convinces Bond to return to the game once again to find an old nemesis: Dr. Blofeld (Christoph Waltz).
If you can accept the usual impractical action sequences, cheesy puns and one-liners, and clichés of mean clichés – which avid 007 fans have, I’m sure at this point –No time to die is a decent visualization.
The biggest improvement is probably the Madeleine de Seydoux, whose backstory and development are much more fleshed out than before in Spectrum. This could be in part due to the recruitment of Phoebe Waller-Bridge from the BBC Chip bag (2016-19) to help with the script for the film starring Fukunaga, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
No time to die appropriately ends with a bang like Craig’s farewell, and makes us wonder what lies ahead for the next generation of 007 films.
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