I have stared into the abyss and No Time To Die stared back.
Where to begin with this “film,” many a reviewer has called it a fitting end to Craig’s tenure as Bond and I couldn’t agree more, since the Craig era did everything it could to figuratively kill Bond, this film literally does! Yes the Craig-Bond dies and has a daughter as well!
Look, if your coming to this site expecting a spoiler free review, you’re as delusional as EON Production’s belief that killing Bond was a good idea!
If I can’t have you nobody will!!!!!!
This is a very fatalistic, defeatist film, full of emotional manipulation, not only is Bond killed off, he essentially commits suicide, standing atop a bunker allowing missiles to eviscerate him. Felix Lieter and Bro-feld, also die in different scenes as well.
Dead men walking!
No Time To Die is the Craig era taken to it’s logical conclusion. Essentially Christopher Nolan films with the “Bond homages” turned up to eleven. No I don’t mean in the sense Skyfall ripped off Nolan’s Batman films, I’m referring to the director’s penchant for including winks to the series in his original works. Think of Inception where Nolan admits the assault on Piz Gloria from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was a huge influence on the snow fortress in his film.
That’s pretty much what the Craig era has been, generic action films featuring James Bond in name only and a bunch of winks, nods, nudges and homages to earlier Bond films.
Yes, I know Die Another Day did it as well, which definitely means it should not have been continued!
Speaking of EON ripping off other films in a cheap attempt to give their movies a “contemporary” feel:
Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace =
As we discussed, Skyfall =
So, what film did they copy this time around?:
Excuse me a moment…
Hey, let’s ape the most divisive film in the last 20 years!
In reality this movie rips off a great many films, however, we will discuss those scenes as they come up in future rants.
The blueprints for No Time To Die.
Let me go ahead and address some of the elephants in the room. No tampons appeared in this film, the “popcorn dropping moment” as described when that story broke doesn’t occur, but Lynch’s character is in fact 007. Though these scenes aren’t in the final cut of the film, you can definitely see where they could have been, giving credence to the rumor this film failed a test screening in early 2020 and re-editing was performed a few months ago under the auspices of updating Nokia’s product placement. However, considering only one product makes a blink and you miss it appearance large enough to get any detail, I’m a bit dubious.
Also, concerning Lynch’s comment about her character:
“I didn’t want someone who was slick. I wanted someone who was rough around the edges and who has a past and a history and has issues with her weight and maybe questions what’s going on with her boyfriend.”
Well, let me tell you that is a load of bollocks, she’s slicker than a greased banana peal on a sheet of ice! She comes off more stoic than the statue of Lord Nelson in Trafalgar Square only less expressive!
Emotes far more than “Agent Nomi.”
This is a Neil Purvis and Robert Wade written film, so of course it starts with “Bond” outside the purview of his employment, as they have done with every Bond film they have written over the past 20+ years. Whether it’s injury, imprisonment, suspension, trumped up evidence, assumed death, suspension (again), or as in this case retirement, they always have to find an “inventive” way to get Bond involved, rather than just assigning him to the mission, since he’s, you know… A BLOODY SPY!
If only there were a way to explain why I get into so many espionage type situations!
Of course there is a double agent involved, because once again, this is Purvis and Wade we’re talking about, add in a vengeance plot and yet another origin story for good measure!
Pervis and Wade’s recipe for success!
Much is made of the cinematography in this film by the fanboys as was done with Skyfall. To which I reply “so what,” no matter how artfully you frame a photo of dog droppings, how well you get the color palate correct, no matter how brilliant the texture, at the end of the day it’s still a picture of shit!
In order to make heads or tails of this dumpster fire you will need to familiarize yourself with the plot of SPECTRE, I humbly suggest my multi-part dissection of that film which starts here.
On to the gun barrel sequence:
What can I say about this film’s gun barrel sequence that hasn’t been said about the production itself. It’s was rushed and over produced. The producers just couldn’t resist playing with the recipe, after the MGM logo gives way to the Universal Pictures logo it morphs into the white dots that precede the gun barrel, Craig quickly struts out from the right, turns and fires, then fades away, no blood drip, he just fades away and next thing we know we’re hovering over a snowy forest.
I have to wonder, is the lack of blood and fading away of Craig meant as an omen of what’s to come in this film? Or is this just another concession to the “kinder, gentler” society we’re currently residing in? I’ll leave it to you to decide…
See you next time with “Noh way in Norway.”