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No Time to Die Film Review: It’s Everything and More

Article by Oliver Nash
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Posted: October 12, 2021  

The Rundown

No Time to Die is a 2021 spy film and the 25th in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions. It stars Daniel Craig in his fifth and final outing as the fictional British MI6 agent James Bond. 

It is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga from a screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear and Ralph Fiennes reprise their roles from previous films, with Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah also starring. 

In this film, Bond, who has left active service with MI6, is recruited by the CIA to rescue a kidnapped scientist, which leads to a showdown with a powerful adversary.

The Review

From the existence of larger than life organisations that need to be obeyed but are sometimes rebelled against, to the use of gadgets, guns and girls, No Time to Die proves the James Bond franchise is still a solid entry at the box office. We also get to see the new 007 in all her glory.

Despite its lengthy 163-minute runtime and its cryptic, pulse-raising prologue, the film serves up robust entertainment thanks to director Fukunaga. It largely ties up loose ends from previous Bond films and delivers all of the expected Bond fun and clichés. 

As the fifth and final entry of the Craig era, there is more suspense and tension than usual in terms of characters being in harm’s way — but it’s worth it all.

The Hits

• Robust chase/shoot-out and fight sequences are the film’s driving force.

• Exemplary character development and plot advancement.

The Misses

Safin’s role is greatly underused and underwritten despite a tense start to the film. Bond picks more fights with the new 007, Nomi, than with the villain himself.

OMG Moment

Bond’s final bow.

No Time to Die is now playing in cinemas. Be sure to get your tickets from KenyaBuzz!

Movie Courtesy of Westgate Cinema

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