No Time to Die review

The latest James Bond film has arrived in cinemas in the usual, expected blaze of publicity, as Daniel Craig brings the curtain down on his time as the most famous spy in the world.

This latest blockbuster from the franchise spawned by Ian Fleming’s creation sees some of the old ‘Classic Bond’ twists and turns, but definitely also takes advantage of the modern developments that we are taking for granted in these modern times.

It is very much also a new type of Bond movie, with new angles thrown in, while also including some big nods to what has always worked so well for the franchise, including the exotic locations, the girls, the stunts and of course, that most important product of any Bond film, the villain behind the story.

The Story.

Put simply, this film is essentially a love story, but as you would expect with a typical Bond film, it deals in extremes, which makes this not a simple love story and one which keeps asking questions and giving many options to lead you down many different paths in this roller coaster ride of emotion.

It starts quick and unexpectedly, with an early skip back in time, but immediately posing questions, some very simple, others much more challenging, but all of which genuinely add to the story as it moves along at an expert pace.

Some of the cinematography is genuinely a joy to behold, without ever losing control in its direction, or overdoing it with spectacular stunts that are regularly the trademark of any blockbuster. This film has its own identity, which sits very well with the lead character, who is very ably supported by a cast that all bring something different to the table.

While Craig has endeavoured to take the role back to its roots, in this one he continues with that, while also giving the part a whole new edge, all of which opens up entirely new possibilities for our erstwhile hero that few will see coming beforehand.

Anybody will tell you that any Bond movie is only as good as the villain and while this one is, in some ways very much the classic Bond villain, Rami Malek definitely succeeds in his portrayal of a very troubled genius, with an acting masterclass from the man who famously pulled off the part of Freddie Mercury for his Academy Award in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Malek’s character is every bit as creapy as you would like from a Bond villain, but his performance definitely adds more to the basic story, which can certainly leave you almost identifying with him and certainly leads to wanting to see more of him, a villain who is after world domination, but also with that very gritty, personal edge so prevalent in this excellent offering.

The ending to the film is also full of surprise, leaving you wondering what happens next? But with the usual traditional ending, you will maybe attach more significance on the words James Bond Will Return.

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