James Bond, played by Daniel Craig has provided many changes from his predecessors. Even in No Time to Die, director Cary Joji Fukunaga is more challenging. The story is more sentimental and makes the figure bound, so that the movement is more measured.
After five films as 007/James Bond, Craig has finally finished his journey to become an MI6 secret agent. Since Casino Royale (2006), we see a lot of new things from Bond that he played from his predecessors. It starts from his shabby figure when fighting, the nuances of the film which are darker and cleverer, giving birth to the impression of a much more serious film.
Seeing Craig’s Bond must be looked at in one package, five films in one saga that is not only full of action, but clever tricks that make it even more interesting and unique. The characters are also given continuity and parting that fit in No Time to Die this.
In addition to several MI6 members such as M (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Whishaw), and Eve (Naomie Harris), supporting characters such as Felix (Jeffrey Wright), and Madeleine (Léa Seydoux) are also given the right portion of farewell for them too.
Of course, the sweetest farewell to Bond, played by Craig. Not only is it given a complicated espionage story that breeds violence, the drama element actually makes this film much softer than the 007 films starring Craig as well. Bond this time has a much deeper bond with some of his characters, no longer as flexible as before in action.
With a bond, it’s not just completing missions and saving the world that is Bond’s bet. However, there was also an element to protect those closest to him, especially when there was a love game that made Bond much more sentimental. Bond is no longer a person who can have sex here and there without any consequences.
Maybe this is already present in Casino Royale when Vesper, played by Eva Green, is so captivating and binds Craig’s Bond. However, the presence of Madeleine who can offer a way out of the hustle and bustle of Bond’s life makes it so different. Plus, there was a surprise from Madeleine that made Bond much more attached, not just his love.
Several previous Bond films have been long and complicated with action and espionage, so it needs to create a precise background and work out time-consuming problems. With the presence of a deep drama element, the time was too late, reaching 2 hours 43 minutes.
The early part that tells the background feels a bit too fast to make it drama. However, once the action sets in and the conflict becomes more real, Fukunaga’s skill in tying us up for almost three hours makes the film less long and boring.
There are always interesting tricks that keep us hooked, especially the action scenes on the stairs at Lyutsifer Safin’s headquarters that are made like long take which made the tension all the more real. Rami Malek as Safin the main enemy also gave off a strong aura, maybe only lost to Javier Bardem as Silva in Skyfall (2012).
The ending was so emotional. Bond is no longer an untouchable hero, he feels more human. Sorry Sean Connery or the actors who previously played Bond, maybe only Craig can be a Bond like this. The screenplay by Phoebe Waller-Bridge et al. indeed very prepared to give strong emotions.
Maybe there are some sentences that sound too cheesy and don’t fit the character of Bond. The problem of spreading the virus that is made is also a little questionable, a little stain makes it No Time to Die slightly inferior to Casino Royale and Skyfall. However, for those who waited a year and a half for this film, and six years from the last one, Specter (2015), the wait paid off sweetly.
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Author: Muhammad Reza Fadillah
Editor: Farhan Iskandarsyah