One last hurrah - No time to die (2021) - Review
James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Bond has always been a staple of Hollywood. Every few years we get a new movie with lots of action and beautiful women for him to interact with. Every decade or so we get a new Bond and adapt our feeling to the new actor until he just becomes the new face of the franchise. This one changed things for me.
Before I go any further I need to put up a big spoiler warning for anyone that has not seen the movie yet. Please do not read any further as I will be adding spoilers, and if you don't want the movie to be ruined, you should stop now.
This movie had some great elements in it. The action battles between good and evil. The protection of loved ones, the plot twists we come to love in Bond movies. Then it had some things that drove me nuts. Long drawn-out scenes could have been edited tighter. Politically correct content that seemed forced into the movie. Cleansing the plate clean of all the villains and allies in the franchise. The biggest issue was the ending. Bond cannot die. I am sure there have been many directors in the past that have had the notion of killing off this iconic character, but it didn't happen. Why is it needed here? Unless there is a grand conspiracy to bring him back in some magical way needing cosmetic surgery so they can change the actor, this was not the end this character should have had. Seemed like the love that they were trying to show he had was erased as he just gave up at the end and accepted the fate of the missiles raining down on him. JUST DUMB. At the very end of the credits, it says Bond will return. I will be holding my ranking until I see how this works out. If they do not address it, I will be ranking this movie low, if they work it into the continuing story, I will rank it higher. Stay tuned...