October 23rd 2021
Today I went to the cinema to watch James Bond with my Dad.
I think the last time I went to the cinema was also to watch James Bond with my Dad. That must have been a while ago. The only time I ever go is when there’s something my dad wants to watch.
No Time To Die was a perfect end to the Daniel Craig era. It was really good. It had all the heart, sincerity and backstory of the previous Craig films, while also returning to more traditional Bond-isms.
It was also really, really brave.
Here’s your spoiler warning.
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In most Bond films, and most other films to be fair, it rarely feels like there are any stakes for the main character, because you know they’re not going to die. The reason you paid £13 + chocolate to see this film was for that character. And they want you to keep doing that so they’re not going to kill anyone off. But there’s a point in No Time To Die where you realise that Bond might actually die, and suddenly everything gets a bit more serious.
The usually (intentionally) corny dialogue actually hits home. The score makes you feel it too. And, like, yeah. He died. And he died in a really good way. It was noble, and gracious, and emotional, and cinematic. And it was just all round a good ending.
I compared it to the end of Armageddon, where Bruce Willis has saved the planet with his sacrifice. In that film Bruce Willis has to die for the sacrifice to work. Usually in a Bond film he’ll save the planet and then jump on a jet ski. Not in this one.
Bond knows that, despite just saving them, he can never see his family again, so, what’s the point? So he stands there and watches the fireworks until he becomes one.
Aside from all that martyrdom stuff, the film itself is enjoyable. The ridiculous, over the top gadgets are (thankfully) back. The Aston Martin’s are 20th century again. It all feels a bit like a play through of a Bond video game, but I mean that in a good way.
They do well to introduce the fact that ‘007’ is just a label which anyone can hold. And then someone else will. They pay homage to previous films with some clever scenes which reflect iconic imagery. Bond turning round and shooting down an actual tunnel was cheesy but well done. It’s a Bond film, but it’s a good Bond film.
My only criticism is that Ana de Armas wasn’t in it enough. I liked her for some reason.
Until tomorrow, and until next time.