Movie Review: No Time to Die

Tag Line:  James Bond is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service. However, his peace is short-lived as his old CIA friend, Felix Leiter, shows up and asks for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain who’s armed with dangerous new technology.

I viewed the film yesterday and I give it a “B” for a Bond Film. Yes, it’s yet another bloated, vapid, and overproduced blockbuster, but in that,  it’s predictable. The producers went out of their way to include every Bond trick and device in the franchise. It ads a new black female 007 (Lashana Lynch) to the cast, and while she was in a lot of scenes,  I asked myself why? Jut to have a black female on screen? She came off as wooden and if she’s to be the replacement in future Bond films, nobody will go to see them.

The B is for the vintage Astin Martin, the traditional villains, the lair – an island – and even for Q’s hairless cat. Daniel Craig delivered; Léa Seydoux (Madeleine) played her role well; Mathilde, a five-year-old girl played by child actress Lisa-Dorah Sonnet (Bond’s daughter) stole every scene that she was in.

Pretend that the female 007 isn’t in the film, sit back and know that it’s not the best Bond film, but it’s not the worst either.


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    • Red Mist suffered from editing issues and I hope that all those corrections are in place. Loki’s Fire will not have the same growing pains. Jules and I finished Loki’s Fire and it’s undergoing editing to be released in late November – maybe December 1. No later than that.

      Then comes THE WOLF GOD, which builds on the first two, and depending on sales and our inclination it may be the last of the series. We’re about 10,000 words into that one.

      Fenrir, also called Fenrisúlfr the monstrous wolf of Norse mythology was said to have been born of the union of the demoniac god Loki and a giantess, Angerboda. Though foremost of wolves, he gave all honor and homage to his father, The Wolf God, and far less to the bitch that bore him. – Chronicles of Eir

  1. I am looking forward to Loki’s Fire. It will be a Christmas gift to myself.

    No Time to Die… I will wait for the DVD but do appreciate the honest review.

  2. I loved Casino Royale. Quantum of Solace was watchable. Skyfall was wonderful! Spectre was OK, but as your review indicated it, I do not have high expectations for No Time To Die after seeing the previews.
    I might end up sleeping through some of it I fear.

  3. I’ve read several of the books. And seen most of the movies (stopping after Pierce Brosnan) and can honestly say “LET THE FRANCHISE DIE.”

    I liked the Roger Moore movies because of the fact that they didn’t take themselves seriously. Campy, silly, full of hot babes, great stunts, silly lines, Moore being Moore, and the recurring characters like the ‘Southern Sheriff.’

    Other than that? Eh. Let it die.

    As to the FedGov making everyone a terrorist? Well, when you do that, expect all the new terrorists to become, well, terrorists.

    • You still ought to check out Quantum of Solace, @Beans. Daniel Craig has real screen presence not seen since Sean Connery. The rest were all downhill again, though.

  4. The franchise should have pulled the plug after Sean Connery quit ’em. End of story, literally.

    Yeah, bring on Loki’s Fire. Red Mist was great, bad editing and all. Thought I picked up a little vibe of Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land toward the end, what with the teleportation of undesirables to other places and some other things. Good stuff. Please, Sir, may we have some more?

    • There may be a little more of Stranger in a Strange Land in Loki’s Fire – I didn’t copy Heinlein, but you’ll see.

  5. I prefer Daniel Craig over Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan as Bond.
    Other action movies I have enjoyed include “Shoot ’em Up,” “Silverado,” “Boondock Saints,” “Streets of Fire,” “From Paris with Love” also “Lonesome Dove.”
    On a lighter note: “The Princess Bride,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Spaceballs,” “McClintock,” even “Austin Powers.”

    The remake of “3:10 to Yuma” sucked.

  6. One of my favorites is “Simple Men.”
    I might also mention “The Transporter” and “The Professional.”

    “Tropic Thunder” had its moments.

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