The wait has come to an end. The 25th film in the saga of
James Bond, ‘No Time to Die’, has already finally managed to premiere after being postponed multiple times. The film held its world premiere on Tuesday 28 at the Royal Albert Hall in London and will arrive in Mexico on September 30.
Critics from around the world who have already had the opportunity to see the film, showing a clear disparity of opinions towards what is the final farewell to Daniel Craig as Agent 007. Although almost none of them emphasize that it is the best of the saga, many of these critics praise its ending and the surprises contained in the film directed by Cary Fukunaga. But on the other side of the scale, many others criticize the excessive duration of the film, three hours, something that for them considerably weighs down the viewing. Nevertheless, there is one aspect that almost everyone has agreed on: Daniel Craig.
These are some of the reactions to ‘No Time to Die’:
NO TIME TO DIE: Need more time to process, but I really liked it a lot? def better than Quantum & Specter. It’s # DanielCraig’s most grounded and? dare I say it? ? most intimate take on #JamesBond with a powerful, unexpected & very emotional payoff. Def worth the wait! pic.twitter.com/q5ladwndg0
? Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) September 28, 2021
“No Time To Die: I’m going to need more time to process the film, but I really liked it actually, it’s definitely better than ‘Quantum of Solace’ and ‘Specter’. It’s the time that (dare I say it?) I have seen Daniel Craig more established, with a surprisingly powerful and very emotional result. It is definitely worth it! “
The wait was worth it. Way to finish Daniel Craig’s #JamesBond run. It’s got a few interesting twists I can’t say I was expecting, but hey, after so many decades, gotta have some surprises left. Really enjoyed all the action and callbacks Cary Joji Fukunaga fit in. A fitting finale
? Monica Castillo (@mcastimovies) September 28, 2021
“It’s been worth the wait. What a way to end Daniel Craig’s journey through the James Bond saga. It has some very interesting twists that I wasn’t expecting at all, but hey, after so many decades, they had to have a few tricks up their sleeves. I thoroughly enjoyed all the action and the references that Cary Joji Fukunaga manages to put in. An ending that fits. “
#NoTimeToDie is LOADED with everything you expect in a Bond film but also has a lot of surprises. Was on the edge of my seat for like half the movie. You def want to have the events of #Spectre fresh in your mind before watching. Loved Daniel Craig as James Bond. Great sendoff. pic.twitter.com/0JAm9dyrFQ
? Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) September 28, 2021
“‘No Time to Die’ is LOADED with everything you can expect to see in a Bond movie, but it also packs a ton of surprises. I was on the edge of my seat for half the movie. You definitely have to get really fresh. in your head everything that happens in ‘Specter’ before seeing this movie. I loved Daniel Craig as James Bond. A great farewell “
No Time to Die was worth the wait. Beautiful visuals, killer action, and probably the most emotional Bond film to date. It’s needlessly complex, which makes it feel very long, but that extra time & story gives its final act the added gravitas needed to set it apart from the rest. pic.twitter.com/tqQnYe3Aht
? Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) September 28, 2021
“‘No Time to Die’ is worth it. Beautiful visuals, brutal action, and probably the most emotional Bond film to date. It’s unnecessarily complex, which makes it a bit long, but that extra time and stories they give the final act the seriousness necessary to separate it from the rest. “
Besides praising Craig, critics have also had words to highlight the work of some of the actors who accompany the British in the film like Rami Malek, who plays the villain of the show, or Ana de Armas, who plays a Colombian spy.
NO TIME TO DIE ends this era of James Bond with a grand & spectacular finale. Wraps up the plots from previous films while pushing the boundaries of what the character can deliver. Rami Malek is one creepy Bond villain. Exciting, well-crafted & emotional. A toast to Daniel Craig! pic.twitter.com/80hLbNaGPQ
? Matt Neglia @NYFF (@NextBestPicture) September 28, 2021
“‘No Time to Die’ ends this era of James Bond with a great and spectacular ending. It closes the plots of previous films while pushing the limits of what the character can contribute. Rami Malek is a creepy villain for the Bond saga . Incredible, very well done and emotional. A toast to Daniel Craig! “
Johnny Oleksinki of the New York Post says in his review the following: “[Daniel Craig] He has never been so vulnerable, nor has he had the personality that he has here. He is very well accompanied by three different women: Madeleine (Léa Seydoux) who becomes a therapist and then there is the M16 agent Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas (…). All three are amazing and provide various nuances to Craig’s haunting character. Rami Malek’s villain is the weird and eccentric type you might expect of him (…), but a little more backstory for his character would have been nice. “
Too long for many
On the downside, a vast majority of people have claimed that its almost three hours of duration is something that seriously damages the film:
#NoTimeToDie does a good enough job tying off loose threads to likely satisfy those binge-watching all five Craig Bonds. That said, it’s hard to figure why this thing needed to be nearly 3 hrs. And after 15 years, I’m definitely ready for more escapism and less “saga” in my 007.
? Zaki Hasan (@zakiscorner) September 28, 2021
“‘No Time to Die’ does a good job of tying up the loose ends to achieve a satisfying ending for everyone who has seen all five of Daniel Craig’s Bond films. That said, it’s hard to think why this movie needed to last close. three hours. After 15 years, I am certainly ready for less escapism and less “saga” in my 007 films. “
It’s almost impressive to make a three-hour end of an era movie that still feels like it has no real stakes.
? Brian Tallerico (@Brian_Tallerico) September 28, 2021
“It’s almost impressive to make a nearly three-hour movie that closes an era and still feels devoid of real interest.”
NO TIME TO DIE: The Craig was ends with a whimper. There’s no reason for this to be as long as it is, Rami Malek’s bad guy is a total snooze, and the movie itself just feels oddly inert. Oh well. We’ll always have CASINO ROYALE.
? Chris Evangelista (@ cevangelista413) September 28, 2021
‘No Time To Die’: The Daniel Craig era ends with a complaint. There’s no reason the movie should be that long, the bad guy Rami Malek plays makes me sleepy and the movie itself just feels weirdly like somewhat inert. So hey, at least we’ll always have ‘Casino Royale.’
This duration makes it the longest film in the entire saga of Agent 007. The film introduces us to a retired Bond, when suddenly he must embark on a new mission entrusted to him by an old well-known CIA agent (played by Jeffrey Wright), to face Lyutsifer Safin (played by Rami Malek), a mysterious man who has at his disposal a whole catalog of weapons equipped with very dangerous technology. ‘No time to die’ premieres in Mexican theaters on September 30.