George Clark’s review published on Letterboxd:
Daniel Craig’s final outing as the iconic James Bond has finally arrived after a 17 month wait…and wow, what a spectacular send of to arguably the best Bond to have ever graced our screens.
The film itself isn’t as much of a muscular action picture as it is a tragic melodrama masquerading as one. It’s not the best James Bond movie to star Daniel Craig, that honour still belongs to his first outing, Casino Royale, but it still holds enough thrilling action to make up for some wonky dialogue and questionable creative decisions. Like always, the cast outdo themselves. Ben Whishaw is as charming as ever, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes all work wonders and newcomers Lashana Lynch and Rami Malek are valuable additions to the cast. Yet it’s Craig (and shortly Jeffrey Wright’s Felix) that steal the show. His cool, calm nature and genuine breathtaking look hasn't faded with age and while he leaves the role on a high note, it still saddens me knowing he’ll never appear as Bond again. While the cast and crew have done an impeccable job with this franchise over the last half century, and director Cary Joji Fukunaga has done a great job within, this is where Bond should end (or at least give it 15 years!). It’s the perfect send off for the characters and let’s be fair, we won’t ever get a Bond as good as Daniel Craig’s.
No Time to Die is a fun, action packed joyride for the audience and while it still holds a fair few weak points, its spectacular action sequences, mesmerising characters and beautifully curated stories, left a lingering impact long after the film finished and that, for me, means No Time to Die is a perfect send off for the iconic British character and one I can’t wait to rewatch soon. An utter blast from start to finish.
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