No Time to Die

No Time to Die ★★★★

This was a strong final outing for Daniel Craig, heralding the end of a great tenure as Bond. My overarching memory of the film is how much more human it felt, as it explored different types of relationships - romantic, family, friends, colleagues.

As you'd expect Craig dominates the screen, but Léa Seydoux delivers a strong performance, and Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear, and Ralph Fiennes all ably support.

It felt fitting - not forced - to include so many cast members reprising their roles, and Lynch and Ana de Armas were welcome additions. Lynch picked up many of the cheesy one-liners you'd expect from Bond and overall the markedly of innuendo and male bravado was very welcome.

Rami Malek worked with what he could but his scarred physical appearance, superior intellect and sad history were much less interesting than his character's concept for worldwide domination.

The series now has a clean slate so it will be interesting to see what direction future films take.

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