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Film Review: No Time to Die

‘No Time to Die’ is a 2021 spy film and the twenty-fifth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions. Directed by Cary Joji Fakunaga, ‘No Time to Die’ has Daniel Craig playing James Bond. With a runtime of 2 hours and 43 minutes, it has received a rating of 7.4/10 on IMDB, and falls in the genre of action, adventure and thriller.

Since the news of the film being released had unrolled, it had created a ripple amongst the fans of Bond. As the anticipation to watch the film heightened, the audience was curious to guess what will happen this time. Will Bond die? Who will be the next Bond? The questions had plagued everyone’s minds.

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‘No Time to Die’ follows the questions left unanswered by ‘Spectre’. In ‘Spectre’, a cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization called SPECTRE.

Needing the help of the daughter (Madelaine Swann) of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks.

The plot of the film is convoluted. James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

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The film opens on a flashback where Bond goes to visit the grave of Vesper, the woman he loved from ‘Casino Royale’. He and Madelaine Swann (Lea Seydoux) are in Italy. Having left their chaotic lives behind them to pursue a romantic forever-after off the grid, the two lovers “have all the time in the world” – which means they have literal minutes before shit hits the fan when there is an explosion. Bond believes Swann has betrayed him.

Swann who is a psychotherapist goes down her memory lane upon her encounter with a patient. Her life and her daughter’s life is put into jeopardy when she understands that the patient is none other than Safin who wants revenge.

The film is a battle between good and evil. And as Bond and Swann try to end the poison that has been spread by their adversaries, he emerges successful.

Project Heracles, a virus that infects your DNA and can only harm your relatives, is what Bond and his team have to destroy but at what cost?

Will it take Bond’s life? The answer is yes! It will! Swann hides the fact that Mathilde is Bond’s daughter. But when things become ugly, she tells him the truth.

Bond in trying to safeguard Swann and his daughter becomes infected with the toxic vial programmed to kill Madalaine and Mathilde and the island where the poison is made is hit with a missile, destroying the factory and Bond. The film really does focus on family and relationships. The scene where Bond prostrates in front of Safin is predictable. For a split second, the reader does feel for Bond’s helplessness but Bond outplays as always!
The film ends on a note of eulogy for Bond.

“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

Bond never existed, or merely survived – he truly lived and the passage helps celebrate that extraordinary life; life like no other.

To wrap up, ‘No Time to Die’ brings about a twist and turn which is inconceivable. It is a fantastic film with an end that is hard to digest.



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