Review by Jackson Both
No Time To Die in cinemas from November 11
Daniel Craig returns to the big screen in this action-packed, fast-paced, thrilling Bond adventure, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Craig reprises his role as James Bond for his final farewell to the franchise in No Time To Die and truly pulls out all the stops.
Disrupted from his leisurely retirement, Bond is thrust back into the world of spies and deception. In pursuit of finding the man behind the mysterious criminal super-power that holds the power to destroy every intelligence group in the world, Bond is forced to work alongside the new 007, as well as the rest of the MI6 team. With the help of some old friends (and some new ones), Bond delivers an engaging, exhilarating adventure that gives Craig a very well-earned, spectacular send off.
We see more of the character behind Bond in this film, as Craig delivers a performance of more than just an action hero and womaniser. The film gives us another side of Bond who seems to truly care about the people he loves and shows the softer side of the impenetrable super spy we know and love.
It’s this softer side and new moral drive that helps relieve Bond of some of the ‘toxic masculinity’ association he has received so much controversy for recently. Bond is now not just following orders blindly, sleeping with any women he finds along the way and drinking his way through his problems. He is fighting and sacrificing for those he deeply cares for and admits when he needs help. This is where Fukunaga has truly excelled, organically evolving Bond into a somewhat more relatable and moral man, without losing the character of the Daniel Craig Bond we’ve all come to recognise.
For those that are here for the fast-paced, action-soaked gunfights and chase scenes, they will not be disappointed. No Time To Die features some of the most well-choreographed engagements in the series, spanning beautiful scenery all over the world.
Thanks to a thoughtful but non-destructive reconsidering of Bond’s emotional side, as well as through the support of some great performances from both new and old faces, No Time To Die has landed itself as a great close to a spectacular chapter of films.