In No Time To Die Daniel Craig exits the Bond franchise with a bang


12A, 163mins


BUCKLE up, Bond is – finally – back. And he has his foot pressed on the accelerator of his Aston Martin in this ride that will leave you feeling shaken and stirred – if sometimes a little stilted.

After 18 months in the editing suite, this long-awaited film catches up with a loved-up, softer Bond who suddenly seems super emosh.

This more relaxed Bond (Daniel Craig) is now out of active service and is tracked down enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica where he spends his days fishing and having outdoor showers.

Never one to chill for too long, James is soon paid a visit by old pal and CIA agent Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) asking him to go on a mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist.

This turns out to be far more dangerous than expected, with our hero soon meeting his match in the form of very unsettling villain Safin (Rami Malek) who is armed with dangerous new technology that could, of course, destroy the world. Amazingly, it’s a superbug that need quarantining from- giving many viewers ptsd.

Bond’s love life has never been simple, but there is the nearest thing to a proper human love affair with Dr Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), who we first met in 2015’s Spectre.

Things, obviously, don’t run smoothly though, with the pair being chased down for former crimes against baddies.

In his final turn as 007, Craig exits the franchise with a bang – as well as many crashes and several wallops. The stunts are simply spectacular, with one particular scene involving a motorbike in Italy that will leave you watching through splayed fingers in exhilarating fear.

All about the girls

While Craig once again shines as our beloved spy, this film is all about the girls.

Unlike the previous 24 Bond films, the ladies in No Time to Die are more kickass than just, well, ass.

With Lashana Lynch as Nomi, Ana de Armas as Paloma and Naomie Harris once again as Miss Moneypenny, these strong female characters may be influenced by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who swept in to join the writing team when it was in chaos. There are several comedic moments that often jar a little.

Running at a whopping two hours 43 minutes, No Time to Die is ironically the longest Bond film.

And there are times you want get a defibrillator out and give it a much quicker pulse. 

The storyline feels like there were too many cooks, but it still tastes familiar enough to be craved.

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