BY GUS YEAGER
It’s been a long five years of a wait since Daniel Craig has last graced the screen with his now iconic version of 007. After reshoots and countless COVID-related delays, the general level of anxiety surrounding the film was high. But after my viewing, I am happy to say that “No Time
To Die” was not a disappointing end to Craig’s long tenure with the character.
Craig’s fifth outing as James Bond (and the 25th overall entry in Eon’s franchise) does a fairly good job at maintaining some level of the sleek and modernistic approach the Craig era has
excelled at. I would argue that of the five films, the best are the ones that show the most restraint.
The series is always at its worst when it devolves into utterly unbelievable, overly flashy action,
and while “No Time To Die” falls into this pit once or twice, it on the whole is closer to “Casino
Royale” or “Skyfall” than it is to the more underwhelming “Quantum of Solace” or even the generally abhorred “Spectre”.
In fact, is it not a stretch to say that the weakest points of “No Time To Die” come as a result
of the obligations to tie up the loose ends left by “Spectre”. The narrative certainly feels a bit busy at times, but it will remain an open question as to how much fault can be attributed to the film and not its predecessor.
Craig’s performance is especially compelling, and is certainly one of the highlights. I might attribute this to how different it is from his other takes on the character to this point. The arc of the character that’s been developing since “Casino Royale” is finally realized with greatly
satisfying (and shocking) results.
For the James Bond fan, ranging from the casual to the devoted, this is a can’t miss movie.