When it comes to spy-films you already know how some things are gonna turn. Sometimes you even know about it before watching the film that it is gonna be send-off or some other kind of event as stated by the team or media. Whether it is Mission Impossible series or James Bond series (Daniel Craig’s), some things are bound to look predictable or rather just say that the filmmaker want them to look so because that’s what die hard fans love watching. For some people it becomes too mainstream and that’s exactly what has happened with this film. The love factor, husband-wife bond, daughter/son and then hero who plays a father and a Husband sacrifices his life etc. These all things are too mainstream now and if you believe so then you and me have something in common. Rest, die hard fans will find it overwhelming naturally but that’s because they don’t know that these formulas were born in 40s and 50a decade in Hollywood. Nevertheless, excluding that corny side of the narrative No Time To Die offers a blockbuster entertainer with superb high-tech action extravaganza.
Bond has left active service and his wife Madeline and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. There is new OO7 to give us that jealous vibes but only for a short time and then we get our main OO7 back even though ‘It is just a number’. Like i said, the same husband-wife and Father-daughter formula spoils the engagement here but thankfully it goes well by the end when you see it is being crafted into emotional send-off.
Daniel Craig as Bond is very specific about his style this time. He looked little aged but he suits the attitude of the iconic character because it is a tailor-made thing for him. Rami Malek could have made a terrific villain but he is too mild here and completely wasted. In female toles, Léa Seydoux and Lashana Lynch are top performers while rest of the cast is extremely supportive in their own manners. No Time To Die starts-off with a pacy and explosive mode and you don’t even check at your watch for an hour. Then, slow section in the second half makes it look little longer than expected but fortunately does not bore you.
All the action sequences in the film are pleasant sights to eyes. The entire team has done a fabulous job and what a breathtaking high-tech action it presents.. Simply Outstanding! Watch out for the chase sequence in the beginning only that will immediately glue you to your seats. The screenplay drags a little in the middle but otherwise fine. Dialogues aren’t that conversational but fairly decent. Background score is chilling. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga has given a complete package, in which, viewers with different demands will find what they are seeking. That’s quite a job you know. Overall, a grand-style farewell to one of the most iconic character of modern action cinema and every James Bond Fan is gonna love it.
RATING – 4/5* 🌟🌟🌟🌟