No Time to Die: Quick Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

Bond movies take you on beautiful yet exciting journeys across the world and No Time to Die surely delivers, with the beautiful vistas, interesting locations and amazing women. You know when you’re going to experience a Bond film, you’re in for a treat like no other!

This marks the end of Daniel Craig’s James Bond era and it sure ended on a high yet sombre note. The movie was an entertaining, appealing and satisfactory end to the modern-day Bond we now love, where most of what we thought about Bond got simplified yet deeply rooted.

The Bad Parts

No Time to Die has its flaws of course so I’ll get into that first. A major one for me is the chemistry between Bond and Madeline Swann, which I didn’t buy for a minute, not even since Spectre. Madeline reminds me too much of Pierce Brosnan’s Die Another Day’s secondary antagonist, Miranda Frost, portrayed by the talented Rosamund Pike. Vesper and Bond had the best chemistry on screen, you believed their romance.

Madeline’s character didn’t match Bond’s mature nature and it felt too much like an older man, younger girl fling rather than the in-depth love story they were portraying.

The main villain was weak, yet again
Safin, portrayed by the talented Rami Malek, who to me showed great potential, but was weak overall. I think it’s due to the continued storyline of previous Bond movies, his character lost screen time to that plot building. There’s so much more I was expecting.

Blofeld as well was underused again just as he was in Spectre.

There are no major “wow” or memorable moments in No Time to Die. This is surprising since Bond movies are known for the wow factor. Don’t get me wrong, there are many amazing action sequences and chase scenes, but Bond movies usually have speechless almost impossible, yet possible moments.

Casino Royale had the one car chase and crash scene which lasted only a few seconds. Then we had the torture scene as well as the parkour chase. Skyfall had two train scenes, Bond getting shot, the Shanghai scenes and then the death of M. Spectre had the New Mexico one-shot and Helicopter scene as well as the plane in the snow scene.

These are the things that define Bond movies and separate them from the rest; No Time to Die lacked this greatly. The intro scene was as good as it got.

The Good Parts

It’s a Bond movie, so the score and cinematography were the best naturally! Action scenes were clean and consistent. Not too many jump cuts, impossible or drawn-out action and no apparent use of CGI or green screens, though I’m sure there are some. Bond movies are set in a fictional world, but they have to feel as real as possible.

All the characters aside from the main villains hit their marks. I love all the new ones as well as the older ones we all know. Madeline and Bond may not have had chemistry, but her character was well rounded and believable. She would’ve done well as just as a temporary Bond Girl, rather than the love of Bond’s life.

The movie wraps up Daniel Craig’s Bond arc pretty good. I have no major complaints about how they handled it and I will surely miss him as Bond. It feels like saying goodbye to an old friend you grew up with. It truly feels like the end of an era.

If this were the last Bond film ever, I would be okay with it. I am afraid of Bond becoming a sort of “mutated” version of Ian Flemming’s character in future installations and I hope they leave a well-rounded character alone. Bond is believable and lovable as he is. I do hope they continue to respect the original character created by Ian Flemming because if you change anything major you will no longer have a James Bond and what a shame that would be.

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