No Time to Die

No Time to Die starring Daniel Craig as James Bond was painful to watch. I think many viewers may agree with me, based on the public rating after the film’s first weekend, but I am glad to have watched it. Who doesn’t enjoy a well-done James Bond flick? Writing a review that doesn’t give away the plotline will be challenging, though, so I ask my readers to be patient with me.

No Time to Die – A Short Summary

Spectre introduced Bond’s latest love interest Madeleine, portrayed by actress Léa Seydoux. When unexpectedly attacked in No Time to Die, James Bond unceremoniously dumps Madeleine and sends her packing on a train. Five years later, the American CIA requests help from Bond. Scantily-clad like most women in James Bond films, actress Ana de Armas performs several fun and adventure-filled scenes as an CIA agent working alongside Bond. James Bond soon reveals a mole in the CIA and a mess which his former employer M had inadvertently created.

A new nemesis arrives under the name of Lyutsifer Safin. He desires Madeleine, but she has kept a secret for five years—her daughter Matilde. Once Bond is reacquainted with Madeleine, and is introduced to Matilde, he knows he needs to keep them safe at all costs. Bond soon finds himself reinstated into the British Secret Service and fighting to destroy a weapon of mass destruction. Bond tries to reason with Safin, but to no avail. The fight ultimately led to victory on behalf of the secret service, but at a cost that hurt everyone involved.

No Time to Die – The Characters

I’ve greatly enjoyed every flick where James Bond is played by Daniel Craig. I’m so enamored with how the writers developed his character that I cannot choose a favorite of the past five James Bond films. Though I was no fan of Madeleine in Spectre, Seydoux grew on me in No Time to Die and nearly had me in tears at the very end. And the adorable little angel who played Madeleine’s daughter appeared very intelligent, well-mannered, and gutsy.

I was shocked to see how the writers shamed M. In one short scene he reminded me of Voldemort in how he spoke to Bond. Regardless, I believe Ralph Fiennes played his part well. I also enjoyed the somewhat larger role that Moneypenny played. It bespoke to her intelligence, determination, and integrity.

Lyutsifer Safin, played by Rami Malek, didn’t impress me much as he was so simplistic. He failed to appear like the psychopath all the preceding nemeses had appeared as. When the camera turned on him, the general feeling was closer to annoyance than fear. But when I saw the role Safin played at the end, I was a little more than shocked.

No Time to Die – The Analysis

I can see why this film was not released earlier due to the COVID-19 Pandemic as Safin was dealing with scientifically-engineered diseases. These formulated diseases could kill a family…or an entire nation. Much of this was entirely too close to the conspiracy theories concerning the coronavirus.

On a more interpersonal note, the relationships involving James Bond were excellently played out. Once Bond had been informed about his mistake with Madeleine, he went to her to proclaim his love. This was one type of scene that my father claimed had never occurred in a Bond film before. I personally didn’t care if the writers followed older Bond movies as I thought it was well-scripted and kept the pace moving.

The scene I wish to speak about the most is the scene I must keep mum about. Everyone who has seen the other versions of James Bond will understand what I mean when they watch this film. It was another scene—and major plotline—which broke James Bond standards.

No Time to Die – Conclusion

All I ask my readers to remember from this post about the latest James Bond flick is this: It was painful. It was well-done, intriguing, and inspiring; but ultimately, the prevailing emotion was pain.

Score: 9/10

I still recommend this movie to all movie lovers. No Time to Die set a new and different record for Bond movies. It was moving, hopeful, and tragic. All of those are something different, but all of those are something good.