Should you make time for James Bond: No Time to Die?


Tyson Maynhart, Columnist

After 15 long years, one of the longest-standing staples and pioneers of the action movie genre, James Bond, will yet again bid farewell to another one of its beloved portrayals of the british secret service agent in one of the most anticipated films of the year.

No Time To Die is the 25th and most recent addition to the James Bond series based upon Ian Flemmings novels of the same name. No Time To Die is Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as the titular character since he was first cast to play the character exactly 16 years ago on October 14th of 2005, and made his first appearance on-screen in Casino Royale in 2006. 

All films in Daniel Craig’s now pentalogy of Bond movies have been met with very high reception and No Time To Die is no exception with an average audience rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossing more than $300 million worldwide. 

In a time where, in the midst of the pandemic, many people are streaming movies from the safety of their homes and, being one of the recent few movies to screen exclusively in theaters, many people have expressed caution, likely contributing to the film performing slightly below expectations. But luckily, many theaters in the area appear to be following the appropriate Covid guidelines and it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. 

Many people have also expressed concern over the length of the movie, at two hours and 43 minutes, it is the longest in the series to date; but even then having seen the movie, the length doesn’t affect the quality of the movie whatsoever and manages to not feel like it is dragging throughout which, many movies of similar length fall victim to. 

No Time To Die manages to keep the viewers’ attention with its consistently exciting action and engaging plot along with the occasional fun and campy humor that is a refreshing source of humor in an otherwise very serious movie. 

Being the final movie in Craig’s era of Bond films, it is able to keep the viewer in a state of suspense because for this movie, the stakes are extremely high because, as the previous four movies make very clear, anybody can die and the film does not sugar coat this fact whatsoever.

If you are looking for an exciting movie to watch this October, I highly recommend going to see James Bond: No Time To Die. And if you are not willing to pay the cost of a movie ticket, the movie will be coming to streaming services in November.