- The 25th Bond film isn’t perfect, but explosive stunt sequences and a magnetic performance from Daniel Craig are enough to overcome a complicated plot and and long run time, critics say.
- “No Time to Die” currently holds an 83% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 138 reviews.
- “No Time to Die” debuts in the U.K. on Friday before opening domestically Oct. 8.
A.O. Scott, The New York Times
It’s clear throughout “No Time to Die” that the film’s producers and writers were keenly aware that this was Craig’s final turn as the iconic 007.
A.O. Scott of The New York Times said the film “is uncommonly preoccupied with memory and leave-taking,” in his review of the film.
“Mortality looms over the quips and car chases — not only the expected slaughter of anonymous minions, but an inky cloud of grief, loss and weariness,” he wrote.
Bond refers to himself as “an old wreck” and Craig, 53, plays the part of a man who’s survived battle, but has not been left unscathed.
Brian Tallerico, Roger Ebert
For Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com, “No Time to Die” director Fukunaga “plays it too safe and too familiar.”
“Even as it’s closing character arcs that started years ago, it feels like a film with too little at stake, a movie produced by a machine that was fed the previous 24 flicks and programmed to spit out a greatest hits package,” he wrote in his review of the film.
Tallerico was particularly critical of how the film used its supporting cast, noting that returning actors like Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are given little to do except “push the plot forward to its inevitable ending.”
Jason Solomons, The Wrap
″‘No Time to Die’ will be remembered for its emotional impact above all,” wrote Jason Solomons in his review of the film for The Wrap. “And, to cap it all, Craig may well have delivered the most complex and layered Bond performance of them all.”
Many critics have agreed that Craig’s performance is one of the most emotional of any previous James Bond actor. Since “Casino Royale,” the character of Bond has been given more depth than any other portrayal of the iconic character.
“Suffice to say, then, that ‘No Time To Die’ is Daniel Craig’s best incarnation of an iconic role, an iteration that sees Bond travel to emotional spaces the character has never been to before, at least not since ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ or in certain passages of Ian Fleming’s books,” Solomons wrote.
“You feel all the wear and tear on Craig’s body and face, all the strain on Bond of having to save the world one last time (again) yet also all the tantalizing freedom of someone approaching the end of a long run,” he said.