“No Time To Die” is a solid ending to Craig’s five-film portrayal – The Wichitan


“No Time To Die” is Cary Joji Fukunaga’s first time directing a Bond movie and Daniel Craig’s latest Bond movie, and both were amazing in their roles. Modern Bond films have incorporated very stylistic camera work, as well as beautiful lighting and exotic locations, and Fukunaga doesn’t disappoint. However, “No Time To Die” is not afraid to mix up the Bond formula in other departments. 007 has always been known for his cold, calculating and careless demeanor, but this latest installment delves into Bond’s emotions, a side we haven’t really seen since “Casino Royale”. Ironically, “Specter” and “Skyfall” tried out the song’s dark opening, but they never really matched the rest of their tones. However, Billie Eilish’s song, composed with Hans Zimmer, brings those classic orchestral crescendos that perfectly encapsulate the emotional core of the film. While some cheesy moments do exist, “No Time To Die” is my second favorite Bond movie, and the only movie I’ve seen all year that I want to watch again.

“No Time to Die” marks the last time Daniel Craig will play the iconic spy. Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, 2021.

“Specter” relegates Bond’s love interest, Madeleine Swan, to a superficial position, working well on paper as the daughter of an assassin but proving to be a flat character otherwise. However, “No Time To Die” brings Lea Seydoux back and gives her something to do this time around, bringing depth and heartbreak to her story that spans other storylines as well, creating a great antagonist and streak. even greater prologue. For me, the best stories are ones that have incredible beginnings and endings, with the middle part being complimented by everyone like a palindrome, and “No Time To Die” does it skillfully.

Rami Malik plays the avenger villain and adds threat and stakes to the second and third acts that haven’t been in a Bond movie since “Casino Royale”. Most of Bond’s villains have plans that turn out unexpectedly or are just plain incomprehensible. While Malik’s character has a pretty name on his nose (Lyutsifer Safin), his control plane is well-developed and terribly precise, involving no silly “I wanted to be captured” plotline or hiring a femme fatale but leaning on it. on the exploitation of the character. vulnerabilities and infiltrate the ranks with their own spies.

While being well written, Safin has moments at the edge of the campy. Most might be threatened enough, but Lyutsifer’s voice at times reminded me of a Russian version of Eddie Redmayne’s hilarious performance in “Jupiter Ascending,” and I found myself chuckling at some lines from Safin. Also, there were moments in the film that lacked subtlety that made some lines squeaky (eg, “There are a thousand reasons why we should find this man. You just gave me a reason to kill him”). The Daniel Craig Bonds prided themselves on their realistic tones, so the returns to classic campiness in older Bond films seemed out of place. While the whole movie is awesome, it was a weak spot.

Even though the film goes back to some older Bond tropes, “No Time To Die” challenges other lore of 007. It has received a lot of publicity, so I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that Lashana Lynch is playing 007. for the runtime, while James Bond retired at the end of “Specter”. Instead of playing a female James Bond, Lynch plays an “according to the books” agent frustrated by an older “double O” that hardens her. However, Lynch brings charm and competitiveness to the role that defies genre norms, playing the role of Craig’s five films well. Léa Seydoux also goes against Bond girl conventions, replacing the seductress with the girl next door and replacing… well, I hope you have time to find out.

Lasana Lynch plays a 007 female agent and co-starred with Daniel Craig in "No time to die." Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.
Lasana Lynch plays a 007 female agent and co-starred with Daniel Craig in “No Time to Die”. Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, 2021.

With all of these subverting expectations, future audience members may wonder if they need to have seen previous Bond films to understand this one. While the length of the movie might seem unwarranted if you haven’t seen Craig’s previous episodes, as many of the series’ storylines take a long time to figure out in this movie, just reading the plot synopses for “Specter “and” Casino Royale “should catch up with a viewer very well. Having said that, I would recommend watching Casino Royale, as it is slightly better than this latest installment.

Not only does this finale begin with a gripping and strong prologue and end with a poignant conclusion, but it can also be said that the Craig-Bond films started strong with “Casino Royale” and ended strong with “No Time To Die. “. The spy thriller is smart, entertaining, fleshed out, self-aware, and emotionally satisfying. I give this one a 4½ out of 5.