No Time to Die

No Time to Die ★★★★

A really solid end to a run of five Daniel Craig Bond films across 15 years.

Each Bond has brought something different and Craig was a welcome change to the over-reliance on gadgets and cheap one-liners of the Brosnan era. This film really feels like wanting to highlight the work done to give this trained killer the depth of feelings and vulnerability that might also bubble under the surface whilst being at the peak of espionage.

Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas are really great additions to the series and provide great action and chemistry to Craig in their time on screen.

Rami Malek's Safin is probably slightly under-utilised and feels a somewhat empty bad guy, in what is a 163 minute runtime - I think in the Craig era Bardem still peaks as his adversary.

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