No Time to Die

No Time to Die ★★★★

If you listen to the television here in the UK it would appear the very future of cinema is riding on the success of this, the latest James Bond film. So, the first thing to say is that this is definitely worth checking out, and on the biggest screen you can get to. In my case, this was the York Cineworld IMAX and ticket sales seemed solid, at least for this first weekend.

Is it the best Bond film ever? Well, few people agree on the answer to that question so it will depend on your preferences – certainly some of the key requirements for a successful Bond film are in place – there’s a strong villain courtesy of Rami Malek; Good turns from series regulars, ‘M’, ‘Q’ and Moneypenny; the one-liners aren’t terrible and there aren’t too many of them; a decent theme song from Bille Eilish, and some of the action sequences are the best you’ll see have seen for a while, including a few nice nods to earlier films in the franchise. It’s also Daniel Craig’s last outing as the super spy and he certainly goes out with a bang, several in fact.

It’s no good talking about the nuances of the characterisation or plot details, this is about the journey and the thrills on the way. At over 160 minutes run-time the journey is quite a stretch and it’s something to be able to say the time whizzed by. For many, Craig will never better his inaugural film in the role, Casino Royale, but there’s a lot to enjoy here. It may take a second viewing to decide where it finally sits in relation to the rest of the canon.

I wish the media made as much fuss over Annette and The Green Knight but if it helps get people back into cinemas, I’m good with it.

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