“James Bond: No Time To Die” (2021) Review


No Time To Die is the last James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig. Its opening credits are a combination of a Grammy-winning song by Billie Eilish and Finneas, and visuals of a Roman sculpture, a DNA strand with guns in place of nucleotides and realistic sand and color effects made by 59 artists. The incredible shooting locations of the film include Norway, Jamaica, France, Italy, and Scotland to help piece together the worldly feel of Bond’s career responsibilities.

Bond is called out of retirement in Jamaica by the CIA to stop Spectre, which has stolen very dangerous nanoweapons designed by M16. This takes him through a party in Cuba, the London headquarters of M16, his love interest’s home in Norway, and a Japanese missile base. The storyline remains exciting and fast-paced as any Bond movie should be, but in the end Bond pays a price for killing so many of (his enemy) Safin’s workers, and for evading capture for so long.

I found the scariest part of the movie to not be the car chases, or long distance balcony machine gun fights, but to be biological warfare. The nanobots designed by M16’s scientists follow specific genetic sequences to find their victim. With each victim, the nanobots will be less selective in who they target because they add more genetic sequences. This strategy will in only a matter of time target every person on the earth, because genetic similarities are what bind us all together.

I suppose I am the only one surprised by the number of victims Bond had, comparable to Safin. I rate this movie, because of the amount of work put into it, the length, and the sometimes warming storyline, a 2.5/5.