THE DAILY MAIL
‘[No Time To Die is] an explosive, tense, daring and above all surprising adventure, playing with our preconceptions about the world’s greatest secret agent and exploring his personal life more intimately than ever before.’
Craig’s last film as the British intelligence diva is an epic barnstormer, with the script delivering pathos, action, drama, camp comedy, heartbreak, macabre horror and insanely silly old-fashioned action in a film reminiscent of the world of Dr. No on his island.
Cary Joji Fukunaga’s extraordinarily satisfying, lavishly proportioned final chapter of the Craig era throws just about anything left to throw at 007 the series can come up with.
It may have taken some time to get his hands on him, but No Time to Die confirms that whoever the next James Bond is, they’ve got some big shoes to fill.
In his final turn as 007, Craig leaves the franchise with a bang – as well as many crashes and several blows. The stunts are simply spectacular, with one particular scene featuring a motorcycle in Italy that leaves you staring with splayed fingers in thrilling terror.
After Specter, he said he’d rather slit his wrists than play Bond again. Instead, with the help of a talented team, he has taken a razor blade to Bond’s idea. Craig bows with his head held high. Well done.
For the most part, though, and with so much at stake thanks to Covid-decimating cinema, No Time To Die producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson should be applauded for taking some daring risks. The blood-curdling ending is arguably the biggest in Bond history.
While Craig is a consummate action star, director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s more radical take on James Bond is fleeting, his film a varying afterthought of old characters and plot points.
This film does things that no Bond film has ever done, and despite relying heavily on tropes that feel not only familiar but comforting, it’s the unfamiliar things that make this such an exciting entry.
Spectacularly well shot, wonderfully dark villains (Rami Malek’s performance is flawless) and perhaps more depth than before, maybe Bond can really save the day – for short-term cinema at least.
No Time to Die is a great film: a current, down-to-earth James Bond thriller with a satisfying neoclassical edge. It’s an unabashedly conventional Bond film made with high finesse and just the right touch of soul, as well as enough slick surprise to keep you on your toes.