Finally, after so many delays, we just got to go to the Imax and see Daniel Craig for the last time take on the character of James Bond, and it only made it more clear that he is the best James Bond we ever got and whoever comes next will have a top job replacing him.⠀
No time to die is an absolute banger of a film that does so much right as the final film in the Craig era of Bond and surely the one to break the final bond film stereotype.
The stakes have got higher so is the espionage and high octane action blocks. It has got all those vintage cars, ultra cool and modern tech, that iconic Bond shot with the classic James bond music and Craig delivering the line “Bond, James Bond” with all those stunning Twists and turns, cat and mouse games and betrayal, promises and revenge! While all that being there, the film does something more as it packs a true heart and holds potential to make us tear up as it ends.
The opening sequence was another thrill ride that immediately gets us invested in the film and we right after that we get another iconic opening credits that is in sync with the theme of the film, though it couldn’t outdo the one from Skyfall!
The near 3 hours runtime isn’t really a big issue since it has got a bigger story to tell while effortlessly weaving everything we’ve come across in the previous Bond films so that there aren’t any loosened left!!
And over that the pacing and screenplay was excellent, it surely knew it’s ways of how to unfold the plot, starts with a banging sequence then takes some handsome time to build the much needed tense atmosphere which setting up a perfect platform for the final confrontation while making sure to leave clues like breadcrumbs to make us play the agent, well not 007!
The action set pieces are badass, brutal, heavy and gritty. From the terrific opening ambush to the Cuba retrieve to the fog denser forest chase to the final infiltration, everything entertains as hell.
The score by Hans Zimmer was evocation along with some one of the sound mixing I have witnessed. The locations are surreal and fits in well within the film. The cinematography is stunning and almost on par with Skyfall while the camera movements and angels are cleverly executed to reveal just the necessary details as it goes. The film with some great use of colors, fog and lighting to match the tone of the film.