After months of delays, the 25th official James Bond film, “No Time to Die,” was released in 2021. It is an epic (163-minute!) action film that presents 007 with one of his most difficult missions: to end the era that most people agree gave new life to one of the most iconic film characters of all time. Everyone knows that this is Daniel Craig’s final picture as Bond, so “No Time to Die” must entertain on its terms, bring closure for this chapter of the character, and even hint at the future of the spy with a license to kill.
The Bond mystique had become stale—it was your father’s or grandfather’s franchise—and Daniel Craig breathed new life into it. For something that previously seemed to so expertly mix the old of a timeless character with a newer, richer style,
James Bond As A Character
Bond has had several liaisons with people of the opposing sex, but he seldom has long-term relationships with either men or women. Bond has no acquaintances before his parents’ deaths and only sporadic communication with friends from his late teens. He has only been married once to Tracy Bond, and that marriage was tragically cut short due to circumstances beyond his control. He also has true feelings for several women, like Vesper Lynd and Madelaine Swann.
Bond defies the stereotype of an MI6 00 agent and a former Royal Navy intelligence officer and captain. He looks to have a good intellect and strong spirit, yet he can also be disconnected and even harsh sometimes. He is extremely brilliant, extremely cunning, and diabolically self-sufficient. He is also very smart, calm, mature, and cunning.
Bond is an excellent communicator. He can act easily in various circumstances, but he seeks friendship just for sexual amusement. Bond’s lone wolf personality style attracts others. He is a highly manipulative, calculating, and intelligent individual. He has a fiery temper at times.
Explanation Of James Bond’s Death In ‘No Time To Die.’
007 gets slain for the first time in his 59-year movie career (and 68-year literary history). The title of the film deceived us. It’s also quite conclusive; Safin had severely injured him, and the missile attack had wiped off the island. However, the great spy appeared content with his lot.
As the scene starts:
Bond hurries back to reopen the silo doors, which have begun to close. Is it a trap? It is.
Safin gets the upper hand on Bond, shooting him multiple times and infecting him with nanobots programmed with Madeleine’s DNA, ensuring he can never touch her or Mathilde again without murdering them. He’s such a jerk.
Bond numbly executes Safin and reopens the silo doors, but he won’t be able to leave in time. He climbs a ladder to the roof, is severely injured, and telephones Madeleine to tell her he loves her.
He tells her, “You have all the time in the world.”
“She has your eyes,” she says, confirming Mathilde is his daughter.
“I know,” he replies as the missiles hit the base. “I know.”
Bond gets engulfed in explosions as a result.
What Happens After James Bond’s Death
Nomi arrives at MI6 headquarters in London, where M gathers her, Moneypenny, Tanner, and Q (Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, and Ben Whishaw) in an emotional toast to their late comrade, during which M delivers a quote from novelist Jack London.
“The proper duty of man is to live, not to exist,” he argues. “I’m not going to squander my days trying to make them last any longer. I’ll make the best of my time.”
This was originally used in Ian Fleming’s You Only Live Twice book, appearing in Bond’s obituary after the world assumed he’d died.
Where To Watch, If You Haven’t
You can watch and stream No Time To Die on Amazon Prime Video. So what are you waiting for if you haven’t watched it yet?