No Time To Die: Plenty Of Reasons To Be Excited (And Bond Is Not One Of Them)
You’ve probably seen it. The trailer for Not Time To Die is here and although I’m not too optimistic, I do have some positive things to highlight after watching it. Oh and they all have nothing to do with James Bond himself.
Let me start this post by saying that I genially want to see this movie, despite the fact that I don’t approve of Daniel Craig playing the iconic character. He’s too old (yes OLD), uninterested and unmotivated in playing the character (based on the previous two movies) and frankly Daniel Craig isn’t that good of an actor – period. Someone much better, much more talented would have been a much better fit. Someone like Tom Hiddleston. But I digress.
Let me present the reasons behind my No Time To Die excitement. First and foremost the director. I’ve been a fan of Cary Joji Fukunaga since I saw Sin Nombre and what he did in the first season of True Detective was shy of pure brilliance. I can’t even begin to describe the joy I had when I heard the Fukunaga will be directing this movie, and after extensive search i thing they settled on a good and untapped potential. According to Craig (and on behalf of his insistence) the Killing Eve writer and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge provided a script polish, and with that Waller-Bridge became the second female screenwriter credited with writing a Bond film after Johanna Harwood. She co-wrote Dr. No and From Russia with Love.
Moving on the cast. How excited I’m about this cast? Well, there are 2 Academy award winners in the cast and 2 Academy award nominees. So… Ecstatic. But all things aside, I’m really excited to see Rami Malek in his post Bohemian Rhapsody role and in the role of the villain no less. Speaking of villains, this movie apparently has 2 of them (Christoph Waltz’s Ernst Stavro Blofeld being the second one), and as you can probably tell from the trailer, the movie will have its fair share of bad guns/cars and crazy stunts. If there’s one thing that really gets me down about a 007 movie is the lack of cool and dangerous gadgets. I mean that’s what Q is for! And when I saw Bond’s minuscule and solitary gun (and not much else) in the previous 2 movies I was really really bummed out. Come on! Sean Connery had better gadgets 60 years ago. Use your imagination!
Léa Seydoux is back, but let’s mention the newbies in the James Bond team. Ana de Armas is a great addition, but I’m really stoked about the presence of Lashana Lynch. Yup, apparently Bond will meet his match in the role of Nomi, a fellow 00 agent, and I love it. She kicked ass in Captain Marvel and i can’t wait for her to do that all over again.
All in all. It was a decent first trailer. 8 April 2020 can’t come soon enough, but until then I’ll relish the fact that this will be the last time that I’ll see Craig in this role. Here’s hoping.