In 2006 Daniel Craig first took on the role of James Bond in Casino Royale. A controversial choice at the time,many thought that the film would be a huge failure. However it went on to became a huge critical and commercial hit. Bond was back with a whole new swagger and Craig soon became a fan favourite.
From Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace through to Skyfall and Spectre we got to see Craig’s Bond grow and establish himself into a fully formed character. No Time To Die not only marks the 25th instalment in the James Bond franchise, but it also ends Daniel Craig‘s 15 year tenure as Bond and ensures that Craig’s 007 goes out on an all-time high.
Cary Joji Fukunaga’s film will stand firmly amongst franchise entries such as Goldfinger, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Goldeneye and Casino Royale as films which indelibly changed the perception and the path of the James Bond films. Craig’s run as Bond hasn’t been known for its wit, but No Time To Die certainly sees the actor embrace the comedy within the role. A quick post shoot-out drink with Ana de Armas‘ CIA operative adds a real shine to a stand-out action sequence.
Speaking of action – there’s plenty of it in the 163 minute epic. It’s all beautifully staged and expertly handled in a way which lets you actually understand what’s going on. Fukunaga and company keep the CGI to a minimum so that things stay grounded no matter how big the set pieces get. Hans Zimmer’s score brings back some old musical motifs which echo George Lazemby’s only go as Ian Fleming’s super spy.
Released in the UK and select terrifies worldwide on 20 September 2021, No Time To Die grossed $121 million globally over its first weekend.