James Bond is back with No Time To Die which unfortunately is Daniel Craig’s last and what an exit.
There is a departure for James Bond as he is no longer part of MI6 and has been hired by the world’s most powerful intelligence agency the CIA.
The plot James Bond travels in No Time To Die is remeiscient of today’s fight against Covid-19, which the producers and writers of this Bond installment must seem iconic in hindsight, considering the state of the world.
James Bond must stop a bioweapon developed by an MI6 scientist Valdo Obruchev, which has himself been kidnapped from an MI6 facility.
The plot thickens and it is quite a meaty plot, which twists and turns so you need to be paying attention.
The criminal organisation Spectre is at the heart of the bad-goings-on headed by Ernst Stravo Blofeld (Christoph Waltz). Though he is somewhat detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure in Belmarsh prison in Southeast London.
Obliviously, James Bond being retired it takes a little time to coax him out of retirement to stop more carnage happening and threatening Western civilisation.
The CIA involvement comes into effect as his friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) lays bare the Western world’s demise as we know it and gives Bond two CIA assistants Logan Ash (Billy Magnussen) and Paloma (Ana de Armas) to help the mission to be a success.
James Bond naturally having an eye for the ladies is keen to have Paloma on his team, but first things first; to save Western civilisation.
We have another villain that is embroiled into the plot Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek), who is a complicated character as he is against the Spectre criminal organisation, but also an adversary of James Bond.
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With James Bond retired, has he been replaced or the 007 title also retired? Well the answer is that the new 007 is a woman Nomi (Lashana Lynch), who like Bond has trauma issues, but tries to bury any nervousness, insecurities or weakness from anyone else.
No Bond film is complete without Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and is now dealing with double trouble of controlling Nomi and a loose cannon former 007, James Bond himself, who in practical terms doesn’t need to take orders anymore from MI6, but could be still under their control under the Official Secrets Act.
Quite a surprise we find Q (Ben Whinshaw) is outted as gay, after Monneypenny and Bond find out he is planning a dinner date with a man.
This installment No Time To Die is quite a departure from the previous Bond’s under Daniel Craig’s tenure.
Themes of self-doubt, trauma, insecurities or nervousness are not of a well oiled military intelligence agent trying to save the Western world from utter destruction by evil villains and the Spectre criminal organisation.
We have a woman playing 007 and now Q is certainly the capital homosexual as his title is ambigous in both his profession and private life.
These changes, which have been happening since Casino Royale, have now amplified the next generation of the James Bond franchise and the storylines can be a free-for-all, anything goes, as it tries to replicate modern Western society.
This is a friendly warning that if the future James Bond departs so much and the storyline it could be a difficult sell to the many ardent Bond fans, who have a particular idea and vision of what Bond should be.
When we look at the inception of James Bond we see quite a hardman, who is ruthless, bold and having more aggression than his British personality would offer him.
A ladies man with that British sense of humour, that could be seen as sexist, but then Ian Fleming was a secret agent operating behind enemy lines during World War II, so if you think your last days on earth could be today then certain characteristics are bound to rub people up the wrong way.
The modern world is a distant memory as the World War II generation are succumbing to nature and a new vision for Western civilisation is looking more softer and taking place, not to everyone's taste or desire.
There is much excitement and trepidation of who will fill the role of Daniel Craig as James Bond, but whoever it is will need to be wearing size twenty-four shoes.
The plot will remain the same good versus evil, and good always triumphs in the end.
But as the saying goes, “Shaken, not stirred!”