No Time to Die is cinematic in every sense of the word. With a brilliant final performance from Daniel Craig, incredible action sequences and an emotional core, No Time to Die is a worthy conclusion to the franchise.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Daniel Craig in final outing as James Bond, No Time to Die aims to do something few franchises dare to do, create a definitive ending. In a world of unending superhero franchises and spin-offs, there is something about No Time To Die that feels classic and pure. While the James Bond will continue to go on, this film knows its purpose, to provide a finale to the five Bond era films. As the 25th overall James Bond film, there are certain cues, tones, and sequences that are patented to the franchise. At the same time, Fukunaga brought something new to the table No Time To Die.
While Bond films are known for their action, suave demeanors, and striking visuals, the mix of emotion and heart truly define the Craig era. The finale doubles down on this, getting deep into the heart of Bond and his life’s true purpose. Each returning character brought the weight of their previous films, alongside a somber tone that carries throughout. Léa Seydoux is an absolute standout in the film as Madeleine. The heart of the film, her performance grounds much of the action and spectacle. Jeffrey Wright’s performance Felix and Christoph Waltz as Blofeld were also impressive in their respective roles.
No Time To Die also features newcomers with strong, led by Rami Malek’s brutal, yet somber performance as the Bond villain, Lyutsifer Safin. It also introduces some great new female characters, including Lashana Lynch as the new 007, Nomi, and Ana de Armas as Paloma. Both Armas and Lynch brought levity, confidence, and fun to a film that was very much grounded in bittersweet darkness.
Of course, every Bond film starts and ends with the titular character. Daniel Craig’s performance in No Time to Die is arguably his best. A three-dimensional performance that shows the strengths, weaknesses, insecurities, and valor that makes a James Bond, Craig demonstrates each of those qualities with care. There is no doubt Craig will be the favorite Bond for an entire generation and the legacy he leaves with his five films will continue to stand strong with time.
Overall, No Time to Die is the perfect conclusion to this era of the James Bond franchise. Breathtaking action sequences, a strong sense of heart, no shortcuts, and the perfect mix of character writing and spectacle, it’s worthy end to the Craig saga.