This Autumn, get ready for the big return of the world’s most renowned British secret agent, who will once again come to the big screen for one last, long-expected movie. Cary Joji Fukunaga’s “No Time to Die” will be the last apparition of Daniel Craig as the charismatic agent, an emotional and spectacular goodbye to the role that he has covered for the last twenty years. We embark on agent 007’s last adventure against a new villain, Lyutsifer Safin, who threatens to use a biological weapon to eradicate entire human ethnicities from the face of the earth. An adventure where Bond will have to juggle between action, love, a quest for identity and a little girl’s past.
As proven by its continuous breaking records, the expectations around the movie were enormous, but once again James Bond managed to deliver. The fans will be delighted by the appearances of classical characters like Bond’s arch-nemesis Blofeld, Q the assistant and M, the exasperated boss. Without forgetting the Aston Martin, the glass of Aston Martini, yet another Bond girl and the iconic catchphrase “Bond. James, Bond”. However, this movie is refreshingly original and amusingly self-conscious, which can only be a good thing for a character that hasn’t changed since its first apparition in the 1950s. James Bond is stripped of his title of Agent 007 and is replaced by a new, younger agent, and the love interest Madeleine is not an accessory to the plot, but almost the main character who opens and finishes the movie. There’s also another hilarious femme fatale, who you see on her first week at her job and is terribly nervous and insecure, despite her fighting skills and her revealing dress.
The scenography is, as it often is the case in the James Bond saga, one of the most remarkable things of the movie. It makes use of memorable and extremely aesthetic shots that could have their place in a museum. In true James Bond tradition, the locations are also stunning, as the events take place in Matera in Italy, Jamaica and Cuba. Without forgetting London of course, the Bond movies will always take advantage of their surroundings, be it for creative action sequences or rememberable shots. The score from Hans Zimmer is also remarkable and Billie Eilish’s “No Time To Die” will send shivers down your spine.
If you are planning to watch the movie, I recommend that you try the VIP experience that Cineworld has to offer. I felt like an international spy and was treated to dine in an exclusive lounge decorated to the taste of 007 with an exclusive buffet, unlimited snacks and comfortable reclinable seats. I recommend coming at least half an hour before the screening to get the most of the experience.
Although the movie might not replace classics like Casino Royale and Skyfall, (or Octopussy and On Her Majesty’s secret service for older fans), it will not fail to ravish hearts and is a perfect curtain call for the iconic 007 agent.
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Reviewed by Céline Galletti- Celine is a volunteer writer for Abundant Art. Originally from France and Italy, she follows her passion for writing and art by studying Comparative Literature at UCL, London. As an international student living in London, she is determined to fully experience and understand the city’s vibrant arts scene, and be a part of its creative storm.