|James Bond is back, this time in Oslo, Norway. But there are very special issues tagged with this, the 25th film in the James Bond franchise. This is said to be an especially brilliant work and this is also the last Bond film that 53-year-old Daniel Craig will star in. He retires from all this action after this. That is what he has said.|
So, there is a lot at stake here, with No Time To Die.
What will Daniel Craig be doing after this? Well, let us say that we have been treated to only one side of Craig for a long time. That is a very special, talented and able theatre artist as well, is not very well known. So Craig will now be seen no more as an MI VI Secret Service agent. Instead he is moving to Macbeth on Broadway.
In 2015 Craig starred in his second-last Bond film, called Spectre. So what did you see at the end of that movie? You saw James Bond deciding on retirement after capturing Christoph. But tghat retirement didn’t work out well, really, and Craig is back.
Now the franchise is taking this story forward and the movie will show biological weapons.
However, according to observers, the real reason why the action is so strong is that this is going to be Danielle Craig’s last movie in this series, possibly his last movie altogether.
So what is the story? Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. As expected, his peace is short-lived, with old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turning up with a request for help. The story isn’t too complicated – Bond stories never are – and the request is about rescuing a kidnapped scientist. But that is where all the action has been dumped, the entire issue becoming more treacherous that was originally thought it would be.
That leads Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. Bond, of course, is Bond, and no point in a spoiler here.
Bond is big -as most action franchises are – in India. Plus, Bond is the one of the longest running in cinema history. There is a huge fan base in India.
Let us see how important dailies have reviewed this.
The Guardian (5 stars) : By Peter Bradshaw. According to him the film is an “epic barnstormer” which delivers “pathos, action, drama, camp comedy, heartbreak, macabre horror, and outrageously silly old-fashioned action.”
He adds” “It is of course a festival of absurdity and complication, a head-spinning world of giant plot mechanisms.” But, the, it is also “very enjoyable and gleefully spectacular.”
The Times (5 stars) : By Kevin Maher. “It’s better than good. It’s magnificent. Craig is a towering charismatic presence from opening frame to closing shot, and he bows out in terrific, soulful, style.”
The Telegraph of the UK (5 stars): By Robbie Collin. “Cary Joji Fukunaga’s (Director) extravagantly satisfying, bulgingly proportioned last chapter to the Craig era, throws almost everything there is left to throw at 007 the series can come up with. We’ve been expecting you, Mr Bond, for quite some time… and what a joy and relief it is to have you back.”
CNN : “No Time to Die feels as if it’s working too hard to provide Craig a send-off worthy of all the hype associated with it – an excess that might be summed up as simply, finally, by taking too much time to reach the finish.”
The Wrap: “What holds it all together is Craig, given some longer speeches and passages of performance the like of which I can’t recall a Bond previously delivering.”
CNET : “Packed with familiar faces but shepherded by some shrewdly chosen newcomers, No Time to Die packs a quintessentially Bond punch while also taking huge risks with the aging character and decades-old formula. Every Bond film markets itself as a fresh twist, but No Time to Die is genuinely bonkers at how far it goes. It’s so un-Bond at times it’s almost anti-Bond. These creative choices may be divisive, but you’ve got to hand it to the filmmakers for thinking big and bold.”
Gamesradar+: “Yes, it largely adheres to the formula that’s the franchise’s
Blessing and curse : you get spectacle galore in terms of action set pieces, incredibly shot locations and attractive characters wearing the hell out of killer costumes. While the conventions can occasionally feel confining, there are enough significant deviations to make this entry stand out.”
Movie : No Time to Die
Release : (September 30) OTT Platforms Amazon Prime, Netflix and at Theatres.
Director : Cary Joji Fukunaga
Writer : Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Neal Purvis
Producer : Per Henry Borch,, Chris Brigham
Production House : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Universal Pictures
Music : Hans Zimmer
Filming Location : Oslo Norway, Langvann
Star Cast :
l Daniel Craig as James Bond
l Rami Malek as Lyutsifer Safin
l Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann
l Lashana Lynch as Nomi
l Ben Whishaw as Quatermaster
l Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny
l Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter
l Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld
l Ana de Armas as Paloma
l Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner
l David Dencik as Valdo Obruchev
l Billy Magnussen as Logan