Film Review: “No Time to Die” (2021)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

James Bond is perhaps the most iconic and recognizable character to date. No matter how many big names portrayed him, he somehow manages to remain the same stoic Agent 007; undefeatable, strong, determined and with exceptional analytical skills. His ability to hunt down the enemy and take him or her down without permission has earned him a reputation of having the licence to kill. In “No Time to Die”, he does the exact same thing – killing. But this time, in a profoundly moving way.

James Bond (Daniel Craig) enjoys living with Madeline (Léa Seydoux), the love of his life. Having her in his life brought him such joy and serenity that he, without hesitation, leaves active service. He hopes that the past will never come after him and he can enjoy his life to the fullest. But those plans did not materialize and soon a chain of events occur, leading up to his old friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) from the CIA, asking him to help with one easy task, soon to become a life-changing moment for Bond himself.

Written by Neal Parvis, Robert Wade, Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga himself, “No Time to Die” is the most interesting installment of our favorite British agent. It brings the most charismatic and dangerous villain that manages to do what other villains and enemies of Bond could not do – hit where it hurts most – his heart, love and family. It’s a personal story this time, the story that touches Bond deeply, as he realizes that the enemy he faces is formidable, strong and uncompromising. That enemy is Safin (Rami Malek) who, with the help of scientists, creates a virus that by infecting one individual, can infect the rest of the family. It goes based on DNA, which is, in a way, a scary weapon, once it lands in the wrong hand. Bond knows that. He understands what’s at stake. He must act swiftly. The new 007, Nomi (Lashana Lynch) joins him to take down the dangerous syndicate. However, it will be Bond versus Safin, the fight of a lifetime, and the outcome of it will be determined only by the true power of love.

I try to avoid spoilers but there’s one thing I can say – nothing can be more poetic than the ending, rather the logical conclusion Daniel Craig’s James Bond got in the end. Not because it was sentimental but because an agent like him got what he was afraid to lose – his family. And when you have that and many people know about it, there will always be someone coming after him to take him or his wife down. Almost like living an offscreen continuation of the story, you never know where it could lead until the crucial moment where, after facing it, you will be burst into emotions, thanks to Daniel Craig’s performance that will make you live and relive the moment over and over again.

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