Film: Bond 25 – No Time to Die

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It’s movie time for us again! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

Ahh, No Time to Die (aka “Bond 25”), we’ve been expecting you (for quite a while, actually!). After five postponements because of you-know-what, it was finally here! ๐Ÿ˜

I don’t intend to give away the details of the film here, it’s more of a reflection, so you’re safe to read on! ๐Ÿ‘

Here is the list of the ones I’ve seen…

  • Dr No (1962)
  • From Russia with Love (1963)
  • Goldfinger (1964)
  • Thunderball (1965)
  • Casino Royale (1967)
  • You Only Live Twice (1967)
  • On Her Majestyโ€™s Secret Service (1969)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  • Live and Let Die (1973)
  • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  • Moonraker (1979)
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  • Octopussy (1983)
  • Never Say Never Again (1983)
  • A View to a Kill (1985)
  • The Living Daylights (1987)
  • Licence to Kill (1989)
  • GoldenEye (1995)
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
  • The World is Not Enough (1999)
  • Die Another Day (2002)
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Quantum of Solace (2008)
  • Skyfall (2012)
  • Spectre (2015)
  • No Time to Die (2021)

The world premiรจre was a star-studded invite-only, red carpet event at the Royal Albert Hall here in the UK on Tuesday, 28th September. The event complemented a series of other premieres in 57 cities across the globe, including 10 in the UK and Ireland.

Up until then, no-one on the planet had seen Bond’s latest adventure. So, that night was going to be a busy one for those lucky film critics!

And when the public release date here in the UK was announced – Thursday, 30th September – the remaining media platforms queued up for a ticket – and then queued up again, to offer their opinion! ๐Ÿค”.

After the critical and commercial success of 2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre, this one had a lot to live up to!

I tried to avoid any reviews whatsoever, anywhere (and you can imagine how easy that was!) ๐Ÿ˜. I pretty much succeeded, but it wasn’t easy! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Numbers!

After a few days of deliberate avoidance, I did read that the UK box office took around ยฃ5m on its opening day (approximately 13% above Spectre and just 26% below Skyfall). ๐Ÿค”

It also broke a record here in the UK, in that it was shown at 772 venues during its opening weekend. This beat Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opening at ‘only’ 744 cinemas in 2019! ๐Ÿ‘

The movie brought in ยฃ21m after only three days of release in the UK and Ireland, adding more than ยฃ10m on its first Saturday – making that day the highest single day at the box office in the history of the Bond franchise.

It beat Skyfall’s first weekend takings of ยฃ20.2m and Spectre’s ยฃ19.8m. Those films sit at numbers two and three in the all-time UK box office chart.


My Post about Skyfall is HERE (Seen: 28th October, 2012)
and
Spectre HERE (Seen: 30th October, 2015)

Let’s Go!

Fast forward a few weeks, all the fuss had now died down, as most fans had seen it. We were a bit ‘late to the party’ due to some other diary commitments. ๐Ÿ™„

We decided that we wouldn’t attempt to try our fave cinema CineWorld at Rushden Lakes – even excluding the Bond fans, we just knew it would be mobbed on a Sunday (because it always is!). Instead, we went (very) local and gave Odeon Kettering our patronage. We joined Jo, Janet, Carol & Helen there for the 3.20 performance.

Kettering Odeon

3.20pm: Anyway, enough context, here we go – see you on the other side! ๐Ÿ˜Š

No Bond film would be complete without a hit title track. This time it was Billie Eilish, back in 2020, taking on the duties. Good grief! Cheer up luv! ๐Ÿ˜ช. Give me Shirley Bassey any time!! ๐Ÿ‘

  • Billie Ellish โ€“ No Time to Die (2020)
  • Sam Smith – Writing’s on the Wall (2015)
  • Adele – Skyfall (2012)
  • Jack White and Alicia Keys – Another Way To Die (2008)
  • Chris Cornell – You Know My Name (2006)
  • Madonna – Die Another Day (2002)
  • Garbage – The World Is Not Enough (1999)
  • Sheryl Crow – Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
  • Tina Turner – GoldenEye (1995)
  • Gladys Knight – Licence To Kill (1989)
  • A-Ha โ€“ The Living Daylights (1987)
  • Duran Duran โ€“ A View To A Kill (1985)
  • Rita Coolidge โ€“ All Time High (1983)
  • Sheena Easton โ€“ For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  • Shirley Bassey โ€“ Moonraker (1979)
  • Carly Simon โ€“ Nobody Does It Better (1977)
  • Lulu โ€“ The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
  • Paul McCartney & The Wings โ€“ Live and Let Die (1973)
  • Shirley Bassey โ€“ Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  • Louis Armstrong โ€“ We Have All The Time in the World (1969)
  • Nancy Sinatra โ€“ You Only Live Twice (1967)
  • Tom Jones โ€“ Thunderball (1965)
  • Shirley Bassey โ€“ Goldfinger (1964)
  • Matt Monro โ€“ From Russia with Love (1963)
  • John Barry & Orchestra, Monty Norman โ€“ James Bond Theme (1962)

Back to the movie itself: It won’t be lost on those who have seen this blockbuster, that the fictional global threat that is the basis of the plot, is spookily similar to the real-world reason why the film was delayed in the first place!

Conspiracy theorists will be delighted! ๐Ÿค”

“Everything you want from a Bond film, dialled up to 11!

6.35pm: Phew! Welcome back! At a whisper under 2ยพ hours, it was certainly a long one! (I’ve got a numb bum!). Was it the longest Bond ever? – I shall have to investigate!* But even my numbness couldn’t ignore the action, the gadgets, the car(s) and the witty one-liners! ๐Ÿ˜. In fact, it had everything anyone really wanted (and expected) from a Bond film, with the hype dialled up to 11…

…maybe even 12! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

My verdict? After 15 years in the role, for me, disappointingly, this wasn’t the best Craig-as-Bond story (I still prefer his Casino Royale and Skyfall) but it was a fine exit for Daniel Craig. In some respects, my disappointment was reality not living up to the hype (does it ever?) and being a bit ‘talky’ for me, rather than ‘action-ey’. One of those times when the best bits were all in the trailer! ๐Ÿ˜

You WILL need a cushion and a supply of tissues though, and by the end, it does set things up nicely for the franchise to continue!

…or does it??? ๐Ÿค”

Make sure you stay RIGHT until the end – after the credits – to see an important announcement! But beware: like all modern releases, the credits are nearly as long as the movie itself!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Still want more? For those who collect movie posters, there’s a whole ‘official’ series due out later in November!

Daniel Craig (James Bond)

Daniel Craig (James Bond)

Paloma (Ana de Armas)

Paloma (Ana de Armas)

Q (Ben Whishaw)

Q (Ben Whishaw)

Tanner (Rory Kinnear)

Tanner (Rory Kinnear)

Safin (Rami Malek)

Safin (Rami Malek)

M (Ralph Fiennes)

M (Ralph Fiennes)

Moneypenny (Naomie Harris)

Moneypenny (Naomie Harris)

Madeleine Swann (Lรฉa Seydoux)

Madeleine Swann (Lรฉa Seydoux)

Nomi (Lashana Lynch)

Nomi (Lashana Lynch)

Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright)

Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright)

Valdo (David Dencik)

Valdo (David Dencik)

Ash (Billy Magnussen)

Ash (Billy Magnussen)

Primo (Dali Benssalah)

Primo (Dali Benssalah)

Go see! ๐Ÿ˜Š



Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga.
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lรฉa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz,

Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, David Dencik, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, Rory Kinnear.
Certificate: 12A cert,
Run time: 163 mins.


*Yes it is the longest Bond movie so far. ‘Spectre’ is second at 2 hours 28 minutes. Other Bond movie durations are HERE.

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