No Time To Die (2021)

Continuing from where we last left them, James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Madeline (Lea Seydoux) are living a free and peaceful life, but it’s sadly short-lived. Bond has moved on from working as a secret agent but soon gets a visit from Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), who provides new intel. The intel revealed puts Bond back into action, and new mysteries are introduced. The question is, who can James Bond trust?

No Time To Die introduces a whole new threat that could yet again destroy the world.  Not only do we have Bond having to tackle a new enemy, but many mysteries surround each character, new and returning. I found myself watching and questioning if key characters had secrets or had perhaps become bad. The mysteries, along with the twists and turns, were what held my excitement and created my investment.  Several bold choices were made, which I appreciated instead of being frustrated by. It’s evident that as Daniel Craig walks away from the role permanently after his fifth appearance, the filmmakers desired to give audiences a proper conclusion to many aspects built in prior movies.

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Concerning action, No Time To Die once again delivers and doesn’t disappoint. Those who fear the lengthy runtime don’t need to worry, as the movie never felt dull. With a strong combination of thriller and action, this is a blast right from the start.  While the action certainly felt like a step back at times compared to previous Bond movies featuring Daniel Craig, I still found myself having a great time with the level of action.  As always, there are attempts to introduce new action sequences that have yet to be shown in a Bond film. By this point, some viewers may feel Bond is some superhero, but in the end, I still found myself impressed and entertained.

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The musical score is beautiful and tremendous.  Hans Zimmer, the composer, has been influenced by many other musical numbers from past James Bond films. It was a true delight to hear classic musical numbers modernised for this new instalment, and fans of the franchise will not be disappointed by what they hear. The musical score also successfully captures and creates the right emotions for everything on screen. The visuals, once again, are not a letdown.  There are plenty of great moments that have been shot with Imax Cameras. Action sequences and even shots of cities and landscapes do not disappoint.  It’s evident that Bond was made for a big screen.

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All around, I was fairly pleased. As for negatives, there are minor details relating to the plot that seemed vague and unclear. This is more so relating to the new deadly threat that could plague the entire world and details surrounding the villain.  Some of his motivations and actions were unclear at times.

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Overall, as a Bond fan, I am rather pleased with this fifth and final instalment of Daniel Craig as Bond.  Once again, there is plenty of brainless action and a plot that consists of many mysteries to keep the viewers guessing. The filmmakers have made many bold choices that I admire, and they honour fans with multiple nods and easter eggs from previous movies. The soundtrack is yet again another masterpiece to compliment stunning visuals. No Time To Die was made to please fans and you should experience it on the biggest screen you can find. No Time To Die (2021) is Available in Australian Cinemas from November 11th.

8.6/10

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

6th November 2021
Written by Peter Walkden

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In this film, many mysterious happenings involving extraterrestrials have occurred around Snowdevil Mountain, Chile.  This film introduces one of these bizarre and twisted stories. The leading case we follow is about a young couple, Kevin (Domingo Guzman) and...

Two by Two: Overboard! (2020)

A flood has occurred on the Earth, and Noah’s massive Ark is still drifting with every type of animal onboard, including good buddies Finny and Leah. But with the Ark drifting for many days, the Ark’s food supply is finally about to run out. To make matters worse,...

Tom & Jerry (2021)

The epic battle continues between Tom (the cat) and Jerry (the little mouse), this time in a movie based on the well-known cartoon series. After the two's most recent battle, Jerry decides to hide in the famous Royal Gate Hotel, hoping to begin a new life. Naturally,...

Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021)

Continuing from Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019), Godzilla continues to hide from the world, and years have passed. But suddenly, Godzilla comes back to the surface and unexpectedly destroys a massive high-tech company. The world is now in fear as Godzilla makes his...

At Close Range (1986)

Based on a true story. Brad (Sean Penn) is a young man who enjoys doing very little in life other than hanging out with friends, drinking and smoking. He has no interest in getting a job unless he needs to buy something such as a nice car, but otherwise, he is...

The Witches (2020)

The film begins with a narration (surprisingly by Chris Rock), who talks to a group of young kids and warns them about the existence of witches. The film then goes back to the year 1967 and introduces us to a young boy (played by Jahzir Bruno) who sadly lost both of...

Kajillionare (2020)

Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood) lives with her parents Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins).  The family of three are con artists who are willing to do anything and everything to scam and steal at every single opportunity.  You see, Theresa and...

The War with Grandpa (2020)

After getting in trouble at his local supermarket, Grandpa Ed (Robert De Niro) is encouraged by his daughter Sally (Uma Thurman) to move out of his old home and in with his daughter and the rest of the family. Naturally, Grandpa is not overly fond of the idea and...

Hunter Hunter (2020)

We follow a family who lives in a cabin in the wild woods.  Joseph (Devon Sawa), Anne (Camille Sullivan), and Renee (Summer H. Howell) work as fur trappers and are struggling to make ends meet financially. Anne suggests to Joseph they move away from the woods and...

The Reckoning (2020)

A horrible sickness is plaguing the land of England. The Reckoning follows Grace (Charlotte Kirk), who makes the awful discovery that her husband killed himself after becoming sick.  Feeling it was the only way to protect Grace and their child, he left her alone...

Centigrade (2020)

Inspired by actual events, Centigrade follows Naomi (Genesis Rodriguez), a novelist travelling with her husband Matt (Vincent Piazza). While the two are travelling to Norway for a book tour, they decide to stop their SUV and get some rest.  They also cannot drive...

Violation (2020)

In the present day, Miriam struggles to have a cheerful marriage and feels her relationship is near to divorce.  She and her husband return to her hometown to catch up with her younger sister and brother-in-law after being apart for many years. Miriam hopes that...

Freaky (2020)

‘The Butcher’ (Vince Vaughn) is a violent serial killer who takes joy in killing anyone who gets in his way. His focus is usually on young teenagers who enjoy hanging around together. He generally doesn't say much, but his large knife seems to do all the talking and...

Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob (2021)

Scooby-Doo and the gang are back in an all-new animated feature! Shortly after the gang solve yet another mystery, they make a strange discovery about Shaggy and his past. Thanks to a DNA test, it is revealed that Shaggy is related to someone from Camelot in medieval...

Superintelligence (2020)

Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy) is an average person trying to make a difference in the world. She is currently single, seeking new work, and in her spare time, has a passion for helping animals find new homes. But Carol's kind nature attracts the eye of the...

The Tangle (2019)

Set in the future, our film is, in fact, a sci-fi murder mystery. The film begins with mysterious scenes and a voiceover claiming to be too old to be conducting such Sherlock Holmes type murder mysteries.  We then cut to an interrogation room called Point Mugu...

Slaxx (2020)

Libby (Romane Denis) has always dreamed of working in the retail store known as CCC's (aka Canadian Cotton Clothiers). She finally gets the opportunity to work as a salesclerk. Naturally, Libby is over the moon to represent and work with such a colossal clothing...

Hope Gap (2019)

Edward (Bill Nighy) & Grace (Annette Bening) are a couple who have been married for twenty-nine years. In the present day, the two live in a small town with stunning views- Hope Gap. The marriage has become a real struggle for each of them.  Each day is full...

Never Too Late (2020)

Jack Bronson (James Cromwell) is the newest arrival at a local nursing home.  Soon we learn the ex-Vietnam Vet has a top-secret mission of his own.  He hopes to be reunited with a love from his past and has unfinished business to complete.  But Jack...

Come True (2020)

Things are not looking too good for a young high school student named Sarah.  Sarah chooses to run away from her mother and refuses to go back home, sleeping the night at a local park.  But Sarah has issues when it comes to sleeping.  The worst part is...