Warning, Spoilers detected
If you are a James Bond fan, even more so; a fan of Daniel Craig’s version of James Bond, then this was either bittersweet or fulfilling in its final moments. This saga of 007 was intense, emotional and full of surprises. The continuation of what I’ve considered the most vengeful and explosive 007 is one of the better movie sagas I’ve watched over the past decade. Casino Royal, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall (RIP M) Spectre and the finale No time to Die all show the evolution of this character as he encounters love and betrayal. Conflictions of who to trust and who not to, following orders given or following your heart. Those are feelings you don’t have to be a spy to really understand. To truly follow this finale, I recommend watching “Spectre” because there are moments of comparison and flashbacks that may slip away from you without knowing some of the references.
For me, watching this movie felt like the torch was being passed as James Bond encountered the new 007 ”Nomi” played by Lashana Lynch. Their interactions on screen were comedic in a way of watch a retiree flex their knowledge of experience and not skill, nevertheless; Lashana Lynch’s role as 007 is highly appealing and with a first of the Bond series becoming about a woman it’s very interesting considering the trajectory this story takes moving forward. The lastest 007 installment also introduced, what seems to me, another international partner for the next 007. Ana de Armas playing the character Paloma brings a new, reinvigorated feeling to the international partners of 007. I’m looking forward to seeing a partnership blossom between Nomi and Paloma in similar ways to James Bond and Felix Leiter (played by Jeffery Wright)
In this movie, the weaponized vehicle is in full effect and I love it. James Bond roars through the city in the well known 1965 Aston Martin DB5 that is fully kitted from machine guns to smoke screens to land mines and seeing it actually play out on the screen is very nostalgic to the origins of 007 with Sean Connery in “Goldfinger.” What I thoroughly enjoy is the fact they brought this car back for the climactic send off of one of the best to carry the title of James Bond. To dive a little deeper into what I meant, during the final scenes of “Skyfall” the DB5 is riddled with bullets eventually blown apart. So seeing that this car was revived gives me high hopes of continuing to see it’s beauty on the screen.
“No time to Die” is a lengthy movie, but for valid reasons. You will feel the emotions of both Bond (Daniel Craig) and 007 (Lashana Lynch) as to grow with each other through the film. Rami Malek shows his strength as being the ever persistent and vengeful villain Safin. Throughout the movie without telling too much about it, you’ll be seeing some of your favorite characters return to deliver the impactful moments that continued to portray the final installment of Daniel Craig as Bond.
I’m hoping we continue to see the tenacity and ferocity with Nomi as we have with the late Bond while still engaging in wanting normalcy. But with new blood on the scene what’s going to be the new norm for the new 007? Only the future knows. I would give this movie 5 stars and a highly recommended viewing whenever you get the chance.