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You can tell a lot about a person by their answer to the question “who is your favorite James Bond?” Scientifically, it’s at least as accurate as astrology or BuzzFeed quizzes in predicting personality types. We won’t get into our theory about Pierce Brosnan fans, but if Daniel Craig’s Bond is your choice for Golden Gun, you’re not alone.
For many, he plays one of the most authentic incarnations (even if one pays attention to the harassment in the HR training videos in the workplace) of Ian Fleming (the creator of the character) 007. With the Craig’s portrayal, we see vulnerability cracks in MI6’s deadliest. blunt instrument ‘. Across the five films (under four different directors) Bond is exhausted, both physically and emotionally, his relationships with the major returning cast have evolved and are now delightfully multidimensional. Craig’s version, along with the painted world around him, feels more real than anything that came before. And comes close to erasing the bitter memory of the invisible Aston Martin of the Brosnan era.
But its cinematic journey has been inconsistent in terms of critical reception and plagued by odd tangents and loose ends. No time to dieThe commitment of s is that he will tie these winding side points together and bring a satisfying conclusion to the Daniel Craig era.
A sight to kill
The film picks up from the relatively smoosy ending of Spectrum, where James Bond and Vesper-rebond – Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) set off at sunset to live happily ever after.
Cinema audiences understand too well that there is no such thing as an everlasting sunset for the heroes of the franchise. And espionage is a bit like the mafia, there is always one last big score. Longtime CIA friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) withdraws Bond from retirement in search of a suspected biological weapons researcher and suspected rogue who appears in Cuba, ahead of a Specter fraternity party.
We’re going to leave it at that, as we can’t really dive much further into the plot without triggering spoilers. And we don’t have a license for it.
Director Cary Joji Fukunaga was actually the second director to chair this film, following Danny Boyle’s early departure over “creative differences.”
In retrospect, Fukunaga’s appointment looks like a masterstroke. His ability to develop the character of broken protagonists on screen in real time (seen in particular in the first series of Real detective) made just for magnetic theater. Above all, this story is about the man (whom he did not contribute to the writing of the origin), not the circumstances. And No time to die represents a nice conclusion to the character’s trajectory.
Fans of the Cinematic Dynasty are entitled to more than a few cheeky Roger Moore nods to Bond nostalgia. There is a Fleming-esque enthusiasm to the number of drinks, some of which come shaken and not brewed; we spotted three distinct Aston Martin models; there is the signature Q Branch watch equipped with an EMP device; planes that turn into boats; henchmen dead one-liners; the score includes an orchestral version of “We have all the time in the world” (which is famous as part of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service); the villain of the play has a perfect lair for a brochure … Under an island; and in the film’s final assault, there’s a moment where Craig struts across the screen from the right of the stage, spins – framed by circular architecture – and fires a single shot, parallel to the iconic thumbnail that opens. almost every movie in the franchise.
There is a lot of speculation about who will take care of the Walther PPK Secret Service issue after Daniel Craig exits the role. Craig found himself at the center of a controversy (let’s be honest – the click traps) when his comments about the possibility of a Bond woman were taken out of context.
In an interview with the Radio schedules he said “Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a role as good as James Bond but for a woman?”
“There should just be better roles for women and actors of color.”
And while we can understand where her opinion comes from, Nomi (Lashana Lynch) who fills the 007 gap of MI6 in No time to die (following Bond’s se-bae-tical), makes a decent claim to inherit the inheritance.
Charismatic, tough, witty, and unmistakably puffy – she’s everything the best kind of Bond should be.
I was waiting for you
One of the most disappointing aspects of No time to die was the main villain, Lyutsifer Safin played by Rami Malek. Considerable effort is put into weaving the ‘genesis of the nemesis’ into Bond’s own arc, and while it doesn’t feel particularly forced, it comes at the expense of defining Safin’s motives for annihilation. of the world. If you’re going to murder millions of people, the public expects more motive than teen angst.
Malek is menacing, but his antagonist often feels like a composite of others who came before him. And despite the lack of a white fluffy cat and shark tank, it’s still dangerously close to seeming satirical at times.
It’s not really Fukunaga’s fault, or Christoph Waltz’s Malek – Blofeld should have been the boss fight at the end of this five games, but this card was played too soon. And while he appears briefly in this film, commanding the screen with a cheerful, flippy villainy, his appearance is ultimately as superfluous as Scaramanga’s third nipple.
All this is just a distraction, the slick of oil at the back of the DB5, No time to die is an excellent Bond film, moving, intelligent, addicting, full of perfectly choreographed action sequences and humor. It’s a fitting finale for our favorite Bond.
Rating: 4.25 / 5
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