Spoiler alert. I will be discussing a certain aspect of the film, so if you haven't seen it, and plan to, opt out of this post.
I may have just lied.....I can't help it. I may end up discussing more than just one aspect. Probably more like 5 or so.
So.....I'm just going to say it and be done. I went to see the latest Bond movie tonight, No Time To Die....or......cancel culture comes to her majesty's secret service. I came away underwhelmed. Not only did they create a wife and child for James Bond, but we got the touchy-feely "new wave Bond" complete with emotional baggage...decidedly not the iconic suave and cool Bond we've been watching down through the ages.
Of course, then there are the Bond girls, and they have been stereotypically pretty, smart, and.......well, you know. We're introduced to a new agent, "Paloma," and she is all of the things mentioned above------very gifted, clever, vivacious, and able to hold her own as Bond's fellow agent, Yet, she disappears after the shootout in Cuba never to be seen again in the film. Later, following the beginning of the film, we are fast forwarded in time and introduced to what turns out to be Bonds wife "Madeleine" and his daughter, though he doesn't know that quite yet. Can I just say.....I don't recall another female lead in a Bond film who not only in my opinion is miscast, but continually demonstrates her ability of being little more than bland and unappealing. I just don't get this particular casting.
Of course, the coup de grace is Bond's character. They kill him off!! I cannot believe it. After almost 60 years, because Daniel Craig is tired of playing Bond, rather than finding the next big thing, he gets blown up at the end?? Who the hell do they think they are?? You don't just kill off Bond, but isn't that the way today? There is no longer any loyalty to the Bond franchise it would seem.
I should have known, the movie FX were less than spectacular, in fact, there was little to celebrate in the 2 1/2 hr. film. I guess that's what happens when Jeff Bezos's Amazon snatches up the franchise. He'd rather play with rockets. After all of these years, I'm sad to say......I'm done with Bond, You kill off that character, you've just killed off your viewership.