MESSAGE IN THE MOVIES
No Time to Die is the twenty-fifth entry in the James Bond film series which began almost sixty years ago with 1962’s Dr. No starring Sean Connery. This movie is the last episode featuring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. It was originally slated to come to theaters in the spring of 2020, but then the pandemic happened.
Instead of going over the plot of No Time to Die, I decided to reflect a bit about the Bond films in general and the Daniel Craig movies in particular:
No Time to Die is a combination of a big budget movie experience and a sentimental send-off/appreciation of Daniel Craig as Bond (and he was a very good James Bond). These two approaches simply don’t work well together.
As the film’s exit music and the long list of end credits reached its conclusion, the screen proudly displayed these words:
“James Bond will return”.
Fifty years ago, audiences cheered.
I just sighed.
Halo and Pitchfork Rating:
Two halos: A long movie that is more concerned with reprising past glories than offering anything new.
Four pitchforks: Glorification of assassination; innocent people maimed and killed; scenes of brutality; occasional swearing; casual drinking.
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