No Time to Die

No Time to Die ★★★

the shot of daniel craig on the sailboat with his short shorts and nearly-cropped shirt? 5 stars, nobody does it better, the peak of the franchise.

the rest - save for minor moments of genuine fun and inventive brilliance - being utterly beholden to the prior decades of bond films this franchise has spawned, including an extremely forgettable villain, a final act that is disappointingly inevitable (and predictable), and an unnecessarily padded runtime that makes every minute of that final hour felt? hate-to-say middle of the road bond, for me.

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