No time To Die
Much has been written about Daniel Craig’s swansong as 007, most of it positive. This review won’t even attempt to outline the plot because, dear reader, it is so complicated and has so many fails, that I couldn’t even begin to explain what the film is about apart from the normal stuff. James Bond is on a mission to save the world from the bad guys, in this case Lyutsifer Safi (Rami Malek) and Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), who are engaging biowarfare.
Nomi – the new 007?
What is unusual is here we have a Bond who cares (nod to Phoebe Waller Bridge’s contribution to the script team?) – visiting Vesper Lynd’s grave and now in a proper relationship with Dr Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux). We are also introduced to a new 007, Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch – a hint of things to come? A Black or female Bond? My money’s on Rege-Jean Pege.
Otherwise the old faithfuls are all there: M (Ralph Fiennes); Q (Ben Whishaw); Felix Lighter (Jeffrey Wright); the Aston Martin; the ridiculous chase scenes; the gadgets; the exotic locations – Cuba, in particular, where Bond is ably assisted by Paloma (Ana de Armas, last seen with Craig in the black comedy Knives Out)…and of course Daniel Craig himself, looking fit, scowling and humourless as ever, and slightly old in his too-tight suits.
It is a suitable grand exit for our hero but it was long; I even managed a doze in the middle missing one of the key plot developments! No wonder I had no idea what it was all about. But a welcome escape in these dreary and depressing times