"No Time to Die" (2021) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #170 Gem Mint 10

"No Time to Die" (2021)

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Writer: Cary Joji Fukunaga, Robert Wade, Neal Purvis, Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Starring: Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Wishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Billy Magnussen, Christoph Waltz, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah

Rated: PG-13 for sequences of violences and action, some disturbing images, brief strong language and some suggestive material

Runtime: 2h 43m

Genre: Action | Adventure | Thriller

Country: United States

Language: English

Available on: Various VOD platforms

"James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology."

You might like this if you like: 'James Bond', Action, Adventure, Thrillers, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Wishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Billy Magnussen, Christoph Waltz, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssala

Daniel Craig in 'No Time to Die' (2021)

I’ve enjoyed every single James Bond film that’s come out. I enjoy them more than average but I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed. Sean Connery remains my favorite, but I’ll still watch whatever they do next. Always open to the next and new interpretation.

When I first heard about the latest 007 picture in the works, my ears did perk up when I had heard ‘True Detective’ Season 1 and ‘Maniac’ director which got me really excited. I loved his style and was intrigued to see what Cary Joji Fukunaga would do with this legendary franchise. It needed something different and I was ready and oh was I pleased..

Lashana Lynch in 'No Time to Die' (2021)

Before I dive more into the praise, this still sadly doesn’t differ from many of the other heroic white leading male actor movies that are leaving a lot of less-represented people in the shadows. I did very much enjoy the play off with Lashana Lynch taking over the name, and was filled with strong women. I do think at times the male gaze did take over a bit too much, which even though the Bond films are known for that, it doesn’t mean we keep having to do it.

Rami Malek in 'No Time to Die' (2021)

I loved the opening in the snow so much. Just really displayed Fukunaga’s unique view and visual language before we jump into the rest of the movie. It was so beautifully orchestrated from the location, set design and just overall writing design. It was so simple too, yet so intricate. Might be one of my favorite scenes of the year.

Rami Malek was also a strong pull for me when I saw the trailer. I’ve loved him ever since ‘The Pacific’, but in particular his ‘Mr. Robot’ series. I thought he did a really amazing job at playing a complex ‘villain’, but in the end was just a very interesting character.

Daniel Craig (left) & Lea Seydoux (right) in 'No Time to Die' (2021)

Lea Seydoux’s character was my favorite though Lashana Lynch’s was a close tie. Ana de Armas too just add to the badass trio they all were.

Daniel Craig (left) & Ana de Armas (right) in 'No Time to Die' (2021)

Overall, definitely my favorite Bond film in a while. Felt like it was given a new aesthetic that I was into.

Written by Sam Gall on Dec 21, 2021

CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0

"With his long upper lip and reluctance to crack a smile, [Daniel Craig] could have made his mark as the only grumpy Bond, but the pulsing intelligence behind the gloom has transformed it into gravitas without slowing down his performance." - Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald

"No Time To Die is, on balance, a kinetic, expansive and stirring capstone to Craig's adventures in those perfectly tailored Tom Ford suits." - Wenlei Ma, News.com.au

"Lashana Lynch is a total blast as the MI6 agent Nomi, both a worthy rival for Bond as well as a potential replacement." - David Ehrlich, indieWire

"No Time to Die doesn't hit the highs of Craig's best Bond outings, but takes some hard swings to challenge audience preconceptions of what the franchise can and can't do - and they mostly pay off." - Shaun Munro, Flickering Myth

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