Run time: 163 mins
No Time to Die’s very existence is a sort of miracle; the underwhelming Spectre was meant to be Daniel Craig’s last – and he was ready to shelve the tux – but the producers coaxed him back for one last shot at closing his tenure.
Thank heavens they did, because this is a spectacular, rip-roaring beast that throws in every conceivable Bondian element into its mammoth runtime, but also a few rule breaking choices.
After SPECTRE’s demise, a new and even more dangerous enemy emerges in the form of Safin (Rami Malek), an enemy with a personal link to Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), Bond’s love interest. Now Bond is pulled out of his idyllic retirement to face down Safin in his final mission. Bouncing from Norway to Jamaica, from Cuba to Italy, Cary Joji Fukanaga’s dazzling adventure is big-screen movie magic at its best.
Making a Bond film with the actor’s last outing in mind means we get a heartfelt and satisfying finale, with an ending that’ll leave you shaken and stirred. It’s been a rollercoaster 15 years, but Craig’s time as 007 will be long remembered as something fierce, something unique, something beautiful. (Jack Whiting)