Phil's Quick Capsule Review

No Time To Die (2021) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So after a LONG delay (both from COVID and from its star refusing to do another Bond film after his experiences on the rather poor Spectre), Daniel Craig’s final Bond film finally arrives in cinemas.  The big question.. was it worth the wait (and the big truck of money that tempted it’s temperamental star back to the fold)? Well actually yes (with maybe a few small exceptions).  In terms of how good?  Well for me No Time To Die, an often downbeat Mills and Bond of a film (yet equally offering a fair dose of humour and fun in it’s early stages) sits well ahead of the trouble twosome (Spectre and QoS) and JUST behind Casino Royale.  Of course Skyfall remains ahead of them all… still very much in a league of its own. Craig actually turns up for this one giving some of his best Bond and whilst the story does spin off in some VERY unexpected directions, it works to bring this particular chapter to a close with a strong support cast playing their roles to perfection.  Also regardless of what you have heard this isn’t “Woke” Bond, just updated (and rightly so) for the time.  There are a few issues (which would take me well into spoiler territory) but none take away from what is a very well made, very slick and yes very long Bond film that gives Craig a well deserved send off.

Best Bit: Cuba.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Skyfall, Diamonds Are Forever, Die Another Day, Casino Royale 

8 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...