MOVIE REVIEW
No Time to Die
RELEASE DATE: October 8, 2021 (wide theatrically)
November 9, 2021 (streaming)

RATING: PG-13 (violence and action; brief strong language; some disturbing images; some suggestive
material)

What makes for a good Bond film? An interesting story, evil villain, plenty of action, and beautiful
scenery. No Time to Die, which marks the final performance of Daniel Craig as James Bond, has all the
right components, making it among the best of the franchise yet.
The story finds Bond called back into service, taking him away from enjoying some time in “retirement”
in Jamaica. This time around, his mission is to rescue an alleged kidnapped scientist, causing him to go
head-to-head with the villainous Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek) who is armed with horrifying new
technology that can undo humankind. The supporting cast includes Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Jeffrey
Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, and Ana de Armas.
This long-delayed pandemic-related release, the 25 th of the Bond film franchise, comes six years after the
last Bond movie, Spectre. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Joe Bell, Beasts of No Nation) does a nice job at
the helm of No Time to Die, which reveals a Bond more vulnerable than ever. However, at a running
time of 2 hours and 43 minutes, there are sequences where pacing presents a challenge.
Despite the conclusion of the film, the credit roll assures us that James Bond will return (albeit without
Craig in the role). No Time to Die is a very fitting franchise end run for Craig, securing himself as among
the best to ever portray 007.