While Australia won’t see No Time To Die in domestic cinemas until November, domestic 007 fans can breathe a big sigh of relief knowing the first reactions are overwhelmingly positive. After the international premiere of the franchise’s 25th instalment – and Daniel Craig’s swan song as the iconic James Bond – the fortunate few in attendance offered their thoughts and feelings via social media. The key takeaway? The two-year delay will have been worth it.
Granted, as noted by Variety, while social media reactions tend to be far more positive than reviews, all the chatter is certainly reassuring. But those of you who are still feeling uncertain can seek additional comfort in the fact The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw has given No Time To Die a stellar five-star rating.
“[Daniel Craig’s] final film as the diva of British intelligence is an epic barnstormer, with the script from Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge delivering pathos, action, drama, camp comedy (Bond will call M “darling” in moments of tetchiness), heartbreak, macabre horror, and outrageously silly old-fashioned action in a movie which calls to mind – POTENTIAL SPOILER – the world of Dr No on his island,” writes Bradshaw; who also confirmed online theories regarding the identity of Rami Malek’s villainous Safin.
“The big finish shows that the 007 franchise template is still capable of springing a surprise on the fanbase – and it could be that the world of Bond has taken something from the Marvel and DC universes, with their own sense of cartoonish grandeur and mystery.”
“No Time To Die is startling, exotically self-aware, funny and confident, and perhaps most of all it is big: big action, big laughs, big stunts, and however digitally it may have been contrived, and however wildly far-fetched, No Time To Die looks like it is taking place in the real world – a huge wide-open space that we’re all longing for.”
Check out what other critics and journalists are saying in the No Time To Die first reactions below.
Here’s the official synopsis for No Time To Die:
Five years after the capture of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (portrayed by Christoph Waltz), James Bond (portrayed by Daniel Craig) has left active service. He is approached by his friend and CIA officer Felix Leiter (portrayed by Jeffrey Wright), who enlists his help in the search for Valdo Obruchev (portrayed by David Dencik), a missing scientist. When it becomes apparent that Obruchev has been abducted, Bond must confront a villain whose schemes could see the death of millions.
Craig, Waltz, and Wright will be rejoined by Lea Seydoux as Dr Medeleine Swann, Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner. You can also expect a few fresh faces in addition to Rami Malek and David Dencik, including Lashana Lynch as new 00 agent Nomi, Ana de Armas as Paloma, and Billy Magnussen as Logan Ash.
No Time To Die has been directed by Cary Joi Fukunaga, co-written between Fukunaga himself, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, as well as Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The release date for the time being – knock on wood – is November 11th here in Australia – watch the final trailer below.