James Bond would like to be as cool as Nomi from Lashana Lynch

Daniel CraigJames Bond’s final outing as an MI6 agent was, quite literally, long overdue. With its original director Danny Boylethe 2018 release followed by a number of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic throughout 2020 and into 2021, Cary Fukunagait is no time to die finally concluded Craig’s journey as 007 which began in 2005 Casino Royale. But ahead of its release, many speculated on exactly how Craig would pull off the coat.

Although the returning cast was full of familiar faces – such as Léa Seydouxis Madeleine Swan, Ben Wishawit’s Q, Noemie Harrisis Eve Moneypenny, and Ralph Fiennes‘M — there were also a number of surprises, such as the inclusion of Jeffrey Wrightby Felix Leiter and Christopher Waltzis Blofeld. And fresh off his Oscar-winning performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek would go on to play the main villain, Safin. Still, two newcomers to the cast presented interesting but exciting possibilities, Craig’s co-star from Knives out, Ana de Armasand Captain Marvelit is Lashana Lynch. Early reports alluded to Lynch’s character as taking on the moniker 007, and those reports turned out to be true. In no time to dieLynch’s Nomi inherits the title after Bond’s retirement years after Spectrum. She’s young, confident, talented and beautiful – not quite a femme fatale but far from the traditional Bond girl damsel in distress. She’s the logical candidate to take on the Bond codename, and in many ways, she surpasses him.

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We’ve already seen Craig’s Bond come back from retirement and warp into celestial fall when Monneypenny shoots Bond off a train on a mission gone wrong, but pits him against Lynch’s Nomi in no time to die emphasizes how far Bond has come from his earlier adventures. Bond is in love and, after years in the service of the British secret service, can finally settle down with Madeleine Swan, or so he thinks. It also puts him in a vulnerable position, as shown by Specter’s attack on him and Vesper’s grave in Matera, Italy. He quickly escapes with Madeleine to separate himself from her to protect her. But Bond isn’t just emotionally vulnerable – the job has also taken a toll on his body.

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Five years later, when Nomi appears to seduce Bond in Jamaica, Bond meets the latest 007, and she doesn’t hold back. Nomi facetiously flirts with him, “I’m a diver…I have a thing for old wrecks.” When she leads Bond to his room, she is revealed to be an agent, whose confidence shows. Anticipating that Bond would also take on a high-profile target, Dr. Valdo Obruchev (David Dencik), Nomi threatens the former 007: “You bother me, I’ll put a bullet in your knee… The one that works. Nomi is the perfect age to poke fun at Bond’s years of brutal injuries. Nomi’s confidence is a clever tool to control his ego, humiliating Craig’s Bond even in his latest film.

When they arrive in Cuba, Nomi arrives in style – stepping off her own plane, showing off her bright shades and giving Bond a bold smile. Bond, on the other hand, had to make the trip from Jamaica to Cuba on a boat. And when Bond, with the help of Paloma de Armas, apparently gets to Dr. Obruchev first, Nomi smashes the ceiling with a rubber band and grabs him: “Can I cut?” she mocks. She not only demonstrates her confidence, but also her skills as a sharpshooter, fatally striking each of Spectre’s henchmen with an accurate shot. If she weren’t facing Bond and Paloma alone, there’s no doubt that Nomi would have succeeded in her mission rather than losing Obruchev. When the authorities apparently corner her, Nomi shoots a transformer that produces sparks that help her escape. Even when she steps back, Nomi does it in style.


Through no time to die, Nomi’s brash and cool demeanor never falters. Even though she lost Obruchev in Cuba, she can give him the last words before his death. Standing above Safin’s virus farm, Nomi jokingly asks the doctor a question: “Do you know what time it is?” “What?” answers the doctor, perplexed. And, with possibly the best one-liner in the entire film and franchise, Nomi says, “It’s time to die,” then pushes Orbuchev into a vat of toxic chemicals. Her delivery is not at all cliché. As a testament to Lashana Lynch’s performance, the line runs smoother than what Bond had to say before escaping Blofeld’s torture device in Spectrum (“Isn’t time passing?”).

With Craig’s latest entry, there couldn’t be a better time to switch things up with the introduction of Nomi, who not only takes on his codename but manages to surpass him in confidence and skill. James Bond has always been known for his soft language and cool attitude. it’s a part of its legacy with each iteration. Yet, especially with Daniel Craig, contemporary Bond evokes a more understated charm rather than flamboyant swagger. In no time to die, Bond is more than a seasoned veteran who’s been through the wringer, giving way to the sexy bravado of Nomi. “She’s a disarming young woman,” Bond calls her.

But even in their rivalry, Nomi acknowledges Bond with respect. Before Bond’s final mission, Nomi asks M, “Permission for Commander Bond to be renamed 007.” It was a fitting move, as Bond meets a heroic death after defeating Safin and his plan for mass genocide. One would assume that Nomi would reclaim the 007 title at the end of the film as M, Q, Moneypenny and the rest of MI6 would carry on without him. And if there’s anyone who could pick up the slack in this iteration of James Bond, Lashana Lynch’s Nomi is the perfect candidate.