Daniel Craig departs from his role as James Bond in spectacular fashion as an electric crowd watches him bring the curtain down on his magnificent five-movie run in No Time To Die
No Time To Die
Daniel Craig’s much delayed swansong as the world’s most famous spy concludes in spectacular style, proving once again that when it comes to being James Bond, nobody does it better.
The evening weather may have been a washout but the atmosphere inside the Royal Albert Hall for the premiere was electric.
And not even the presence of the royal family could compete with the spine-tingling anticipation of seeing the latest thrill-packed globetrotting 007 adventure on the big screen. And wow, it does not disappoint.
Shot through with all the gun-toting glamour you’d expect, we see 007 gunning for Rami Malek’s nefarious terrorist mastermind called Lyutsifer Safin. He’s plotting biological warfare from a secret lair worthy of the great Bond villains and which looks like a nuclear silo remodelled by TV’s Grand Designs on an oligarch’s budget.
Frankly we’ve been long overdue a proper Bond villain threatening death to millions of people, and the return to world-saving stakes is something of a relief.
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And though the wilder aspects of the plot may feel at odds with the hard-edged realism of 2006’s Casino Royale, the story falls easily within the scope of previous Bond films. If I say anymore Bond will probably track me down and kill me.
Five years in 007 time after 2015’s Spectre, and even longer in real time, the spy has retired alone to Jamaica, one of many typically glamorous locations. At times this is a mouth-wateringly beautiful and yes, sexy film.
Bond is persuaded back to serve Queen and country and jets off to search for the whereabouts of a missing scientist.
Having once rashly promised to ‘slash my wrists’ rather than play Bond again, Craig seems energised by the prospect of putting Bond to bed.
He strains every considerable muscle to deliver a performance which is not only hugely physically demanding for a man of our age, but dramatically strong, wryly funny, and surprisingly emotional. He gives it all he’s got left in the tank, and absolutely smashes it.
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Keeping Craig on his action toes, and even outdoing him, are the fast-shooting, high-flying and ass-kicking new additions to the franchise.
British star Lashana Lynch and Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas play agents of MI6 and the CIA respectively. And the former answers the question, could we have a non-white and/or female 007, with a resounding yes.
Award winning American director Cary Fukunaga marries a cracking espionage story with extraordinary stunts on land, sea and in the air.
The vehicle chases have a tremendous bone-shaking authenticity, and the four – count them – different variations of Bond’s Aston Martin car, will have petrolheads purring with avaricious delight.
Billie Eilish’s haunting Grammy-winning title song sets the tone for the films emotional smackdown among the enormous explosions, high-speed chases and ferocious fights.
And experiencing the machine gun rhythm of the famous Bond theme in the Royal Albert Hall is an outrageous, hair-raising experience.
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Casting Craig as 007 was a response to the box office threat of the Jason Bourne series, and now as the leader of a diverse team, and with masks and identities a key theme, this film deliberately muscles in on the territory of Bond’s current box office adversary, Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible movies.
Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes, as Moneypenny, Q and M respectively, provide a great deal of the chemistry and humour as Bond’s surrogate family. And family is another key theme of this mission, not least with the return of Christoph Waltz as 007’S foster brother and arch-enemy, Blofeld.
Working perfectly well as a stand alone adventure, at 163 minutes it’s the longest Bond film yet, however the pace is tighter this time around, delivering a double barrel-load of bang for your buck.
No Time To Die brings Daniel Craig’s five film 007 tenure to a lengthy and satisfying climax, and comes extremely close to allowing him to depart on an all time high.