Craig’s Fifth and Final
By Nirupa Mohan Dore
Ceylon Today Features
The 25th spy action-adventure film as part of the popular James Bond series by Eon, No Time To Die, released recently. Based on James Bond by Ian Fleming, the film brings back Daniel Craig as the British MI6 agent, James Bond, as he reprises the role for his fifth and final performance as Bond.
The film features a talented cast of stars, with some reprising their roles and others joining the series for the first time. The star-studded cast include Rami Malek as Safin, Ana de Armas as Paloma, Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Lashana Lynch as Nomi, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny, Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter, Billy Magnussen as Logan Ash, and Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, among several others.
Initially set in Jamaica, after his departure from active service as an MI6 agent, the story this time highlights James Bond as a man who is ready to settle down to live a peaceful and quiet life, with a woman who has a mysterious past. But sadly, for Bond, his life turns upside down abruptly, with dangerous men trying to kill him, in a dramatic chase. The film dives straight into action and drama, with Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA wanting Bond’s help, for a crucial case, and that’s when the core story begins to unfold.
This is yet another Bond film that covers all that is expected by viewers and fans alike, delivering straight forward well-choreographed action, with active chase scenes, firepower, and creative smart dialogue, backed by a skilled performance by the film’s lead, Craig, who fans will appreciate.
In this feature film, the core mission is to get to the bottom of yet another villain’s plot that could put the lives of countless individuals around the world in great danger. To do this, Bond, must embark on a mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist who has in his possession, a deadly virus. The film is filled with twists, and challenges along the way, but humanises Bond along the way, as someone who cares deeply about the people who matter in his life. He is shown in a more vulnerable position emotionally in some scenes, while in others he maintains his focused and driven character.
Keeping in mind that this is Craig’s final film as Bond, with him shown as an agent who returns to active duty, for one last case, No Time To Die, makes an impression, and an impact, making it a send-off that viewers will feel emotional about. Craig as James Bond pushes the limits of storytelling, by completing loose ends from previous Bond films while finding the balance and maintaining the high standards that are associated with 007.
The 163-minute film by director Cary Joji Fukunaga, made together with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, working in collaboration with production companies Eon Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, was made with a budget estimated to be around US$ 300 million. The film proved to be a financial success, earning over US$ 708 million at the worldwide box-office, easily becoming the year’s fourth highest-grossing film in the world. No Time To Die, went on to receive high ratings with an impressive 84 per cent featured on Rotten Tomatoes, while 68 per cent was featured on Metacritic and 7.5/10 was on IMDb.
This is a well-rounded James Bond film that covers every component that seasoned viewers expect, while also adding a dose of humour, old fashioned action, and heartbreak. This is a James Bond film that fans of the series would not want to miss, given that it marks the end of an era and looks ahead at the future of the character.