ZombieTrex’s review published on Letterboxd:
I’ll admit that my experience with the James Bond franchise has been minimal up to this point, as I’ve only seen one film of his beforehand (and unfortunately, that was Spectre). That being said, No Time to Die was still one hell of a ride that feels like an appropriate send off to Daniel Craig’s version of the character. Even without having established an emotional connection to him by watching the previous films, Craig’s Bond still felt fully fleshed out and sympathetic. This film portrays him as a man done with his career, but his career isn’t done with him. Constantly pulled back into the fray whenever he starts to settle down, this character is one that’s used to the routine, but desires so much more, only to be met with the same destiny time and time again. At this point, is it even possible for him to escape? As the movie suggests, he can never quite escape his past, as it sticks with him like an everlasting virus.
It should go without saying that the action is absolutely amazing. It does feel a bit sparse, but when the movie kicks into high gear, it never quite lets up. The close quarters combat feels fully immersive in its physicality, as the cinematography does a great job capturing the more gritty fight scenes. The side characters are really enjoyable, and without having seen most of the previous movies, their dynamics were easy for me to understand and pick up on. I’d say the only weak area for me is the villain. His plan and technology is really cool, but I just found him to be really uninteresting and generic overall. With that said, I had a good time with this film. I don’t have much of a basis of comparison when it comes to talking about how much better or worse this film was to its predecessors, but suffice to say, No Time to Die proved to be fun, action-packed, charming, and surprisingly emotional. Definitely check it out if you have any interest in it.