8200th Review – Genre Guesstimation – No Time To Die (2021)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by me!

Since the new James Bond film – No Time to Die (2021) is finally being released I have chosen that we will be reviewing our favorite Spy/Espionage Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to 007@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Spy/Espionage Movies…….

“James Bond. License to kill, history of violence… I could be speaking to my own reflection. Only your skills will die with your body, while mine will survive long after I’m gone.” – Lyutsifer Safin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Oct 2021)

Brief Synopsis – James Bond begins to question his trust in others after a new villain sets a trap for him.

My Take on it – This is probably one of the most anticipated films of all time since it was ready to be released 18 months before it ultimately made it to the theaters.

Obviously, it manages to deliver on everything that is expected of a James Bond film.

The thrills are great, the action is fast and gripping and the gadgets are as useful as ever.

Craig has managed to bring to this character something very different than all of his predecessors which is great because it never feels in any of his movies that he is copying any of the others and each feels quite unique in all that they bring forth.

The fact that the 5 films in the Craig ‘run’ are all interconnected instead of the usual stand alone Bond films has both advantages and disadvantages to it.

I hope that in the future tho they return to doing stand alone which help make things more powerful.

The story plays out well here and gives us a very complex view of the life of a spy like 007 and that helps raise the stakes throughout.

The villain played by Rami Malek is a bit too weak and that hurts things a bit because if he would have been better, the story would have been even better instead of feeling as if they needed some kind of villain here even if he is very inconsistent and not even close to being an equal to Bond.

As mentioned earlier, the action scenes are super and really make things even more thrilling to watch.

There are bots of the story that feel a bit too predictable and that also is problematic because they don’t manage to surprise when the things hinted previously actually do occur.

All in all, this is a great addition to the series and manages to give closure to Craig’s term as the agent, but it isn’t a film that I plan to rush to rewatch because it just wasn’t as gripping and powerful as I would have hoped for.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – With this film, Daniel Craig will become the third oldest actor to play James Bond. Roger Moore was aged about 57 years for A View to a Kill (1985), Sean Connery was around 53 for Never Say Never Again, whilst Craig for No Time to Die (2021) will be aged around 51 years. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes really close, but isn’t as powerful as one might hope from Craig’s final appearance.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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