Craig’s last film, ‘No Time to Die,’ is a polished, clumsy, and explosive affair.

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Craig’s last film, ‘No Time to Die,’ is a polished, clumsy, and explosive affair.

It’s a full circle for Craig’s James Bond, as ‘No Time to Die’ may be the final time he portrays the character with panache.

James Bond is a man in love beneath the battle-scarred, hard-worn musculature, the blue eyes that have seen a lot, and the icy-cool façade clothed beautifully in Tom Fords. ‘No Time to Die,’ on the other hand, is a love story.

In ‘Casino Royale,’ Daniel Craig’s James Bond was a gruff, baddie-biffing slugger. In ‘Quantum of Solace,’ he was a broken man seeking vengeance. In ‘Skyfall,’ he was an old dog learning new tricks, and in ‘Spectre,’ he was a man looking to start over. Craig’s persona comes full circle in ‘No Time to Die,’ as he portrays the character one last time with panache. He’s insanely in tune with his role, and a “tired old wreck,” as he’s referred to in the film, is so hopelessly in love that he dresses up as the world’s finest spy one final time to attain the life he’s always desired.

Despite the fact that it’s very un-Bondlike, this one’s for the Bond aficionados. This is the longest Bond film to date, clocking in at 163 minutes and featuring subtle allusions to all of the renowned character’s previous appearances. ‘No Time to Die’ has everything that makes a Bond picture great, yet it avoids the tropes that have plagued the previous 24 movies. This is one of those films when the emphasis moves from espionage to sacrifice, a subject that was also seen in ‘Casino Royale.’

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How Bond females have developed since ‘Casino Royale,’ from Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd to Lashana Lynch’s NomiRami Malek isn’t the perfect villain. While he is outstanding as Lyutsifer Safin, he isn’t threatening, and he isn’t the kind of character who, according to Barbara Broccoli, “could get under Bond’s skin.” It’s the words he rasps with some difficulty that he manages to get through. He’s alpha, but there have been greater villains in Bond films. His motivation is straightforward: Global extinction, but he’s not Thanos; he doesn’t care about the world’s balance; he just wants to clean it up, a massive swath of clean kills, if you will.

Mr. White tells Bond before his harakiri: “You’re a kite dangling in a hurricane, Mr. Bond.” Lea Seydoux reprises her role as shrink Madeleine Swann, and has a connection with Safin that makes Bond exactly what her father, Mr White, tells him before his harakiri: “You’re a kite dangling in a hurricane, Mr. Bond.” Bond isn’t the targeted target; he just happens to be there. Brinkwire News in a Nutshell

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