The long-awaited 25th outing for Ian Fleming’s superspy is a weird and self-aware epic with audacious surprises up its sleeve
And the big finish shows that the 007 franchise-template is still capable of springing a surprise on the fanbase – and it could be that the world of Bond has taken something from the Marvel and DC universes, with their own sense of cartoonish grandeur and mystery. No Time To Die is startling, exotically self-aware, funny and confident, and perhaps most of all it is big: big action, big laughs, big stunts and however digitally it may have been contrived, and however wildly far-fetched, No Time To Die looks like it is taking place in the real world, a huge wide open space that we’re all longing for.
Daniel Craig's final James Bond movie has been a long time coming, but is No Time to Die worth the wait? Read our spoiler-free review to find out.
While No Time to Die never hits the bombastic highs of Casino Royale, or the visual splendor of Skyfall, it more than bests Quantum and Spectre. The fact that they were able to make the movie tie so much into the latter of those lesser outings and make that movie subsequently more important is a real feat. As for Craig himself, he is absolutely not phoning this one in. If he was ready to quit after the previous movie, this movie is him knowing he’s ready to go out on top. Nobody did it better.
No Time To Die Review: Daniel Craig’s James Bond Finale Is A Perfect Ending To An Unprecedented 007 Run
Put your fears to rest, because Daniel Craig and Cary Joji Fukunaga make their shot count...
No Time To Die wraps up the Daniel Craig era of James Bond with the bow tie it’s always been destined to wear. This is going to be a conversation piece for fans and non-fans alike, as Craig’s Bond is allowed to go places other 007s haven’t dared to visit. With the modern era being a serialized story leading up to one gigantic ending, this is the best possible outcome that anyone could have expected. Borrowing from the past, and reinventing for the future, Cary Joji Fukunaga has given a new generation of James Bond fans a masterpiece on the level of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service that should be revered for years to come.
After what seems like an endless wait, Bond is back! Daniel Craig's final outing as 007 is finally here but was it worth the wait? Read the review.
This is a Bond film that dutifully ticks all the boxes — but brilliantly, often doesn’t feel like a Bond film at all. For a 007 who strived to bring humanity to larger-than-life hero, it’s a fitting end to the Craig era.
The much-delayed 25th instalment of the Bond series gives Daniel Craig a chance to say adieu on his own terms, and he more than delivers, writes Alistair Harkness
As for Craig, he might have one busted-up leg out of the door, but he hasn’t let himself be sidelined in his own movie (it’s not a Marvel film). Confronted by all these upstarts, the “taciturn mask, ironical, brutal, and cold” that Ian Fleming wrote about may have slipped to reveal a kind of playful mentor figure who’s grudgingly tolerant of the younger generation, but he's still able to show them a thing or two. Whether he’s casually ditching a still-moving motorbike, executing bad guys with extreme prejudice or knocking back vodka after a gun fight, Craig proves that nobody does it better.