Why the No Time To Die ending doesn’t really work

Fat No time to die spoilers follow. Watch the movie before reading this.

James Bond is dead. Daniel Craig’s version of 007 was carried away by missile fire, preventing him from transmitting a virus to his partner and daughter while Rami Malek’s Safin was left dead in a retractable water basin, a punishment appropriate for its long monologues and its lack of meaning. of discernible motivation as a villain.

I didn’t like No Time To Die, although I was certainly grateful to have the opportunity to watch a new Bond film in a safe environment. He ranks third in the Daniel Craig canon for me, with a quick and fun opening hour, before it gets heavier and tangled in a somewhat boring third act.

The fundamental problem at the heart of Craig’s films for me at least in their second half is the Bond / Madeleine Swann relationship set up in Specter in 2015. I had a hard time getting involved in it, and No Time To Die asks you to join in as the film’s main emotional hook. I don’t think it works.

It’s not that James Bond only performs well when he’s single, although that’s how the show has historically portrayed him. Is that this relationship must at least be interesting to concern. Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux are both great actors individually, but together they have no chemistry and you don’t understand why this romance is so exciting for either. There’s a weirdly cold undercurrent between the pair, as if these two only got together because they’re both attractive and been through some bad shit together.

Basically: where is the love?

I watched the start of No Time To Die as Bond enjoyed retirement life with Madeleine and wondered, “Do these two people Actually to have fun together?’ Casino Royale’s doomed romance of Vesper Lynd lingers on the backdrop of all of these movies, and Craig’s chemistry with Eva Green was so memorable that this new relationship just doesn’t live up to it.

Ultimately, the movie depends on your investment in the pair. This is accentuated by the presence of Bond’s daughter, who the film strangely struggles to say outright. is his daughter until the end, although it was hinted at many times.

An end of Bond where he makes the big sacrifice of the works, on paper. This is something James Bond has never done before. This movie doesn’t justify it, although we do see Bond die at the end of a messy third act, on the absurd island base of a generic villain (conscious or derivative creative choice? Surely the first, but anyway, the flat result is the same).

A cast overflowed with characters from MI6 then gives him a toast. The end.

I haven’t been moved, honestly, and there have certainly been times over the years where I’ve been certain that the Daniel Craig era is Bond as I want to see it. I should being invested in Bond’s demise, but the emotional core of this film doesn’t ring true. While I’m a little sad that Bond’s daughter Dou Dou’s teddy bear was probably covered in British Navy missiles like it was.

It didn’t help that the film’s villainous duties were divided by Rami Malek’s Safin, whose meager presence in the film was oversold by trailers and the concept of viruses.

I don’t feel that Bond lost to his greatest enemy. Safin arrived too late in the film; maybe if he had pulled Felix Leiter’s trigger earlier in the movie, it would mean more for the couple to have a final showdown (side note: this movie didn’t need Billy’s character at all. Magnussen, an undercover Safin lackey).

A flash of inspiration

(Image credit: MGM)

Here’s my other big deal with No Time To Die, it gives you a taste of the movie it could have been in its first hour, and then it becomes something else entirely. I love the movie it could have been.

I’m talking about the Cuba sequence of the film, which features Infiltrated Bond with Ana de Armas’ character, Paloma. In this scene, Craig and de Armas have more chemistry than the Bond actor ever has with Léa Seydoux and the setting is visually spectacular. It’s the pair that sneak into a party on behalf of the CIA, then engage in a massive shootout when things go wrong, with a rival agent to Nomi (Lashana Lynch) vying for the same target.

It was James Bond’s raw fantasy captured in conceptually perfect footage. It was amusing. The movie would never be this entertaining again and that’s a shame. Can’t we just have a movie about Bond, Paloma, and Felix Leiter about elaborate undercover missions for two hours?

Instead, No Time To Die spends much of its running time creaking under the weight of the serialized elements set up in the previous films not only Madeleine, but also the baggage of Blofeld, Specter and Bond with Gareth. Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), none of whom add up too much in this movie.

Theoretically, a Bond sub-series with its own story arc is exciting, but Craig’s films have been very hit or miss in this regard. I wouldn’t mind if the next James Bond reverted to single movie stories instead, unless he had a better plan of how films can fit together.

No Time to Die, then, was a flawed end to a flawed Bond film series. It doesn’t reflect the commitment and brilliance of Daniel Craig, who brought a very specific energy to the role and elevated the series to unprecedented levels of popularity, he deserved his victory lap. This movie just doesn’t highlight the best elements of his films.

No Time To Die is now broadcasting worldwide.

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