No time to die
Director –Kari Joji Fukunaga
Cast – Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lee Sedoux, Lashana Lynch, Naomi Harris, Ben Visha, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz
Hiring Hans Zimmer for the project is a spoiler. Here, the legendary German composer is essentially given the same responsibility as in The Dark Knight Rises; Accompanying the character on their last legs, holding hands when they need it most, and providing support when they are all on their own. Along with star Daniel Craig, Zimmer’s score has a great impact on the moving last moments of the actor’s fifth and final film No Time to Die as Commander James Bond; Melodrama converts muscle into an action picture.
It was almost second at Cherry. As Craig last sat on the fence as Agent 007 about his future, Specter was troubled by the swan song. That picture is unforgettable, you have to remember some elements in it if you want to understand what is going on in it. It may be a difficult task to consider that the entire American presidency has run its course in the six years that Specter has insulted our film screens.
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No time to die is almost a wait and see. Long and often very silly; Visually from beginning to end it is awesome and in its final act, with unexpected emotion, director Carrie Jozy Fukuna is not so worried about reinventing the band as the film has shaped the world around him. No Time to Die was set in Italy with an excellent pre-credits sequence and was filmed on IMAX. Bond and Madeleine Swann’s romantic outing is obscenely interrupted by henchmen who have connections with the bad company Specter.
His past, refuses to let him. In the opening scene, Bond, with the strength of habit, looks over his shoulder when he is with Madeleine in an atmosphere of fairy tales. She called him out. But he is the same man; Always on the run – sometimes from grotesque villains, but mostly from him. Bond is still grieving the loss of Vespers Linds years ago, so perhaps there is an emotional barrier between him and Madeleine for fear that he will never experience the same pain again. On two occasions when the carrot of normal life hung in front of him, he wiped it off.
But it does mean something very important, now that James Bond, played by 53-year-old Daniel Craig, has a heart. And in a nutshell, this is the only reason the film exists.
The lines on Craig’s face are clearer than they were 16 years ago, when he was first licensed to kill at Casino Royale. He goes into a room – no matter what room he goes to, he still has that belief, but Fukuna makes the wise decision not to hide his age, especially in the action scenes. Craigs Bond has always preferred brutal power over mind games – George Smiley is not him – but on most occasions in No Time to Die, he is ‘off’ when punched. And most importantly, he does not come back up immediately when he is hit.
In the final moments of the film the single take stairway shootout pushes Bond to his absolute limits as a human being made of flesh and bone, as well as one character killing another by getting a car for one character. . This is not the same person who is driven by duty in the same Bond or Skyfall who is passionately motivated in Quantum of Solace. Now, with decades of service behind him, James Bond is moved by love.
No Time to Die is almost operatively tragic, and despite touching some false notes in its second act, the shot from Skyfall regains as much confidence as you can remember when Bond steps in. The moving train coach and he made sure he looked dapper before he could continue the fight. If you’re stuck in the Craig era from the beginning, No Time to Die may have had the same effect, i.e., Logan or the Avengers: did the endgame.
Credit should therefore be directed to Carrie Fukunaga, who embraced the genre with little hesitation and zero shame on the first (and most) mainstream project of his career. The villains are proud of their master-plans, Bond asks for vodka martini (not stirred, not stirred), and the iconic line ‘Bond, James Bond’ is pronounced not once, but twice — but in a surprising way. It may be a sign of how close he is to the developing world, however, 007 makes assumptions about female characters that make him look stupid more than once.
It didn’t even fly six years ago, but that’s all in the past. Leaving aside progressive gender-politics in the script, there is a spark to the dialogue in No Time to Die, which probably did not exist in the past.
Bond’s old Chum Felix Litter said in an opening scene, “I’m not just a pretty face,” and 007 went back and said, “I stopped believing in beautiful faces a long time ago.” I think this is the work that co-author Phoebe Waller-Bridge is doing, but who says. Bond can still be a chauvinist pig at times, and that’s fine, but the film not only creates room for important female characters, but also gives them the things they need to do – which is not always the case with these films. Ana de Armas and Lashana Lynch are both memorable despite their limited screen time.
Ironically, the lone Oscar winner among the film’s cast delivered a poor performance. I blame the poor sound mix and the useless Safin on the useless nonsense plot. Or a really confusing move towards filmmakers to limit the role of Rami Malek to a fundamentally expanded guest role. After just two brief appearances over a two-hour period, we only see Safin right up to the end. But by then, it was too late.
No Time to Die might be the first villain-free Bond movie, at least as far as I can remember. The controversy in this film is internal. But aren’t they always for Craig Bond? Over the years, learned people have studied the making of the millennium movie, all of which refer to the Craig era as a turning point in the portrayal of masculinity in mainstream Hollywood cinema. And fun, his opponents are the ones who understand him best. Ernest Stavro Blowfeld told Bond in one scene that he considered him a sensitive soul, and reminded Safin that he had done all his troubles on his own.
This is true. It’s Bond who never hesitates to cry in the shower at a weak moment, or he’s insecure about replacing a small agent in No Time to Die – perhaps knowing the discourse surrounding the film’s release.
But all of this is pale compared to the shot at the end of the film, in which Daniel Craig picks himself up one last time, and Zimmer stands proudly against the setting sun as he touches the crescendo in the background; The Walter PPK on his side was replaced by more valuable ones. It’s a timeless film that leaves you with no time to die, completely capturing Craig’s run as the iconic British spy. Hard to find more satisfying sending.