“No Time To Die” Review Roundup: A Thrilling, Emotional Conclusion to the Daniel Craig Era

The reviews are in for No Time To Die, the long-awaited 25th Bond film that also doubles as Daniel Craig’s final turn as 007. No Time To Die has been delayed repeatedly during the pandemic, and while that was frustrating for fans and the cast and crew alike, it was both necessary and wise. And now, with the film making its start-studded world premiere at last night’s Royal Albert Hall in London and the reviews pouring in, it feels like the right time for Bond. So, what are the critics saying?

“Daniel Craig’s best incarnation of an iconic role, an iteration that sees Bond travel to emotional spaces the character has never been to before, at least not since On Her Majesty’s Secret Service or in certain passages of Ian Fleming’s books,” writes The Wrap‘s Jason Solomons. “No Time to Die is a terrific movie: an up-to-the-minute, down-to-the-wire James Bond thriller with a satisfying neo-classical edge,” Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman writes. Meanwhile, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardians says “No Time To Die is startling, exotically self-aware, funny and confident, and perhaps most of all it is big: big action, big laughs, big stunts.”

You get a sense from a lot of the reviewers that, once again, Daniel Craig has given every ounce of himself to the role, that Ana de Armas is a fantastic new addition, and that the longest Bond film ever is absolutely packed with sensational set pieces, thrilling action, and emotion.

No Time To Die is centered on Bond being lured back into action (he was attempting retirement) to face a threat even greater than Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld (Blofeld is back in No Time To Die) in Safin (Rami Malek), a villain who co-writer/director Fukunaga promised would be the incarnation of everything Bond has been fighting against. To take on Safin, Bond reunites with his old comrades, plus former paramour Madeline Swan (Léa Seydoux), who factors into the plot in a major way. Newcomers include Paloma (Ana de Armas) and Nomi (Lashana Lynch), a new double-o agent on the scene.

So onto some of the early reactions and reviews! We’ve kept these spoiler-free, of course.

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Featured image: James Bond (Daniel Craig) in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film. Credit: Nicola Dove. © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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