No Time to Die: how to watch the new hit James Bond movie

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to Die

In American cinemas from Friday: No Time to Die. Daniel Craig plays James Bond for a final film.

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Craig. Daniel Craig. He’s there for the last time as super spy james bond in No time to die, the 25th 007 film, which hits theaters Friday. For a while, the British actor made it sound like he wouldn’t be donning Bond’s tuxedo for the fifth time, so enjoy this one, fans. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming movie.

Already one hit at Bond’s home base, the new 007 film is an “epic, explosive and emotional swan song,” says Richard Trenholm in CNET’s No Time to Die Review, “who throws everything against the wall for a truly unique entry in the series.”

Plot teasers and trailers

Bond, retired? When the film opens, James Bond has indeed left active espionage. But you can’t keep a good spy in, and when CIA friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) calls and wants Bond to help him find a missing scientist, you know he can’t say no. The film features familiar characters, such as Leiter, Q, M and Moneypenny, plus new ones, such as Nomi from Lashana Lynch, who has taken over from Bond’s well-known 007 song.

The most recent trailer reminds fans that No Time to Die will continue 2015 plot threads Ghost, who introduced love interest Madeleine Swann and Christoph Waltz’s villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

The first trailer, from 2019, features some good old-fashioned Bond movies, including Craig jumping off a bridge and riding his motorcycle up a steep stone staircase. Choppers, shootings, danger under ice, formal events where Craig looks great in a tux — it’s all there.

When is No Time to Die coming out?

No Time to Die opens in American cinemas from Friday, October 8.

It comes to Australia on November 11. So what do the reviews say? See below.

No Time to Die had its world premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 28 and opened in the UK on September 30.

How do you see No Time to Die

No Time to Die will only be shown in cinemas for the time being. Sure, it will come to streaming eventually, but it’s not as clear cut as other 2021 blockbusters, like Warner Bros movies streaming on HBO Max or Disney movies on Disney Plus. The studio behind the film, Universal, is affiliated with NBC’s streaming service Peacock, but Universal also just signed a deal with Amazon Prime Video. We’ll have to wait and see what the home release will look like.

So if you’re not willing to go to theaters right now in the coronavirus pandemic, you’ll need to be patient. Maybe check out our recommendations which older Bond movies to watch and in what order.

early reviews

After the premiere in London, there were reviews.

No Time to Die is packed with familiar faces, but accompanied by some cleverly chosen newcomers. It has a quintessential Bond punch while taking huge risks with its aging character and decades-old formula. Every Bond movie markets itself as a fresh spin, but No Time to Die is truly insane how far it goes. It is sometimes so untethered that it is almost anti-bond. These creative choices can be divisive, but you have to leave it to the filmmakers to think big and bold.
CNET

“Yes, it largely sticks to the formula that is the franchise’s blessing and curse: you get spectacle galore in terms of action sequences, incredibly shot locations, and attractive characters wearing damn killer costumes. Though the conventions can be limiting at times. feel, there are enough significant anomalies to make this entry stand out.”
–Games Radar+

“What holds it all together is Craig, given some longer speeches and passages from performances like I can’t recall any Bond playing before.”
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“No Time to Die feels like it’s working too hard to give Craig a goodbye worthy of all the hype that comes with it — an excess that can be summed up as simply, finally, taking too much time to get to the finish.”
–CNN

Cast

Daniel Craig as James Bond
Rami Malek as villain Lyutsifer Safin
Christoph Waltz as iconic Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Bond’s love interest
Lashana Lynch as Nomi, another 00 agent
Ben Whishaw as Gadget Master Q
Ralph Fiennes as M, Bond’s boss
Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, M’s secretary
Jeffrey Wright as CIA agent, and Bond’s old friend, Felix Leiter

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