Emotions run high in “No Time to Die” – Black Girl Nerds
Who else can make short shorts and a belly top sexy? Daniel Craig, of course.
After 15 years with Craig at the head of the James Bond franchise, we find ourselves at the end of the road. What a road it has been. Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Consolation, Fall from the sky, and Spectrum are wonderful additions to the now 68-year-old franchise. No time to die, the 25th film in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, ends the Daniel Craig era.
No time to die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. The film catches up with James Bond and his girlfriend Madeleine Swann. Bond, retired and on a romantic getaway, discovers his enemies draw closer to him as dangerous new technology emerges. Recruited and forced back into action, Bond makes new allies while saving the world. A mysterious villain pushes Bond’s limits. It is an epic adventure of love, loss and sacrifice. The film stars Craig, Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Léa Seydoux (Spectrum), Lashana Lynch (Captain marvel), Ralph Fiennes (Fall from the sky), Jeffrey Wright (Westworld), Ana de Armas (Knives Out), Ben Whishaw (Fargo), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Billy Magnussen (Game night), Rory Kinnear (Quantum of Consolation) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained).
Daniel Craig brought something new when he started out as James Bond. Blue eyes, blonde hair, a step back in time were all new to the iconic character. In No time to die, Craig and the crew take it one step further, making this the most touching Bond film we’ve seen. There were tears shed and heartfelt moments all around. We’ve come to know this version of James Bond far beyond his drinking habits (vodka martini, shaken not stirred, in case you forgot). We’ve learned a lot about the man behind the double-0. Bond is more complex than we are used to seeing. Craig gives us all the emotions through the 2 hour and 45 minute film. It’s a feature film.
It’s clear that this is Craig’s fifth and final film in the franchise, not only because he made it known in the media, but because the film really has a ‘let’s get out of it’ mentality. all along. The action in this movie is top notch. The stakes are high and the tension palpable. Director Fukunaga delivers a handful of genes in a movie, with Craig embracing every moment. The quintessential elements of a Bond movie are present, including a beautiful cinematic take on the opening title sequence, sung by Billie Eilish. The script was also able to add some memorable Bond lines from the franchise.
The action in this movie is amazing. Explosions, car chases, shootouts, and physical stunts are gorgeous, especially on a big screen like IMAX. There’s a mix of adrenaline at the edge of your seat, wow factor, and good old-fashioned belief suspension, not to mention a healthy dose of Bond-esque moments, like spinning cars with guns in them. headlights and hand-to-hand combat. The story is emotional, complex and layered – perhaps too layered. While you don’t have to be a total Bond nerd to see No time to die, it would help if the plot plots watch the first movie in this series Casino Royale and the one before No time to die, Spectrum.
Aside from Daniel Craig, who has stellar action sequences, of course the ladies of No time to die are phenomenal. I wanted so much more. Female roles in No time to die branch away from the infamous “Bond Girls”. Every scene they find themselves in adds a much needed dose of empowerment and feminine energy. Ana de Armas is a woman that I wanted to see more of and that I wanted to know more about. His character, Paloma, is one of the film’s new agents. His scenes were incredible. The energy, the dialogue, the combat sequences – she is a powerhouse. Her feminine charm and fierce fighting have never been at odds with each other. The bonus was his quirk, which elevated the character to an easy-to-understand fan favorite.
Of course, the other woman I wanted more of was Lashana Lynch, who plays new agent Nomi. It’s not just any agent, but a new 007, a title previously held by Bond. She’s skilled, smart, witty, and apologetically herself – a perfect role model for future onscreen agents and offscreen black girls and women. Lynch makes history as 007’s first female star. Not to mention, she’s only the fifth black actress to have a major role in the Bond franchise. It is very disappointing that its status is not being recognized and used as well as it could have been. It’s a historic moment that unfortunately doesn’t get the attention it deserves throughout the film. I hope we’ll see her again in future movies, but I can’t hold my breath.