No Time to Die Parent Guide
Bond is in fine form here and this is a surprisingly good send off for Daniel Craig.
Parent Movie Review
With the devious Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) safely imprisoned and the beautiful Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) by his side, James Bond (Daniel Craig) is enjoying retirement. Until, that is, the dark secrets of Madeleine’s past threaten to destroy them both. Bond disappears, living anonymously in Jamaica, which is where CIA agent Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) finds him. It seems a scientist in the employ of MI6 has been abducted by dangerous agents of a shady power, and with him an incredibly devastating bioweapon, codenamed “Project Heracles”. Although the trail is long and complex, Bond soon finds himself turning to Blofeld to identify the man responsible for the theft, and while Blofeld doesn’t know, he knows who does: Madeleine Swann…
I think it’s safe to say I’ve invested slightly more time in this franchise than is entirely sane. I’ve seen all 26 of the films (yes, even the eye-gougingly bad Roger Moore ones, thanks for asking), some of them more than once – I even own a compilation of the credit songs on cassette tape. While this mostly qualifies me for some form of psychological intervention, it also means I’m brilliantly positioned to tell you how this latest film fits into the broader picture. And I have to say, I was surprised at how good this is.
Bond is in fine form, getting in implausible but electrifying car chases (which usually result in heartbreaking damage to a beautiful Aston-Martin), shadowy shootouts, heavy day drinking, and the arms of a beautiful woman or two. This being Daniel Craig’s last turn in the role, the film is also surprisingly emotional, acting both as a send-off to Craig and a heartfelt retrospective of the franchise as a whole.
There’s a catch though. This movie, for reasons which are beyond me, is nearly three hours long. I understand the temptation to prolong this little eulogy, but three hours is insane. This is Bond, not Citizen Kane. No Time to Die is one of those movies where even rationing your drink will not save you from an urgent bathroom break. And the real problem is that the plot is so convoluted and moves so quickly that you’re almost certainly going to miss something, no matter when your bladder sounds red alert.
I was also surprised at the general lack of major content concerns. Yes, there’s a lot of shooting, but frankly Marvel has had far more gruesome deaths in their films of late. There’s much less sexual content too, with Bond more or less settled down for the duration of the film. And parents will be relieved to hear that profanity is limited to minor curses, terms of deity, and only a single f-bomb and scatological curse apiece. Not only is that remarkably low for one of 007’s adventures, that’s low for any action film these days. This still isn’t a kid’s movie, and I’m pretty sure your average child would get bored well before the halfway mark, but teenage fans are sure to have a good time. And with or without Daniel Craig, don’t worry: James Bond will return.Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Starring Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, Jeffrey Wright, Lea Seydoux. Running time: 163 minutes. Theatrical release October 8, 2021. Updated October 7, 2021
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Rating & Content Info
Why is No Time to Die rated PG-13? No Time to Die is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, brief strong language and some suggestive material
Violence: Many people are shot and involved in explosions. Several people are killed in high-speed car collisions. There are several scenes of hand-to-hand combat. One character is crushed with an SUV. Another character is killed by being pushed into a vat of acid. An individual is killed when an artificial organ detonates. Several people are shown dying of a mysterious contagion. A child is taken hostage.
Sexual Content: There is a brief scene of implied sexual content. A male character is shown from the waist up in the shower.
Profanity: There is one extreme profanity, one scatological curse, and infrequent uses of mild profanities and terms of deity. A racist remark is made and rebutted.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are frequently seen drinking. One character is also seen smoking and is implied to be abusing prescription medication.
Page last updated October 7, 2021
No Time to Die Parents' Guide
How has the character of James Bond evolved since Sean Connery brought him to life in Dr. No? Specifically, how has the franchise changed around Daniel Craig? What other films have influenced the modern Bond franchise? What are some of the aspects of his character which have been omitted? Do you think Craig’s Bond is still identifiable as the same character Ian Fleming wrote nearly seventy years ago?
Loved this movie? Try these books…
If you’re a determined fan, you can give Ian Fleming’s original novels a shot – but I’d advise against it unless you like non-stop racism, misogyny, and deeply bad prose. Those looking for a more intricate spy story might enjoy Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity, which bears almost no resemblance to the film of the same name. Younger viewers should try the Young Bond series by Charlie Higson, which begins with Silverfin. They might also appreciate Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series, which also features a young MI6 agent up against impossible odds and cartoonish villains. The series starts with Stormbreaker.
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This particular Bond adventure only relies on continuity from the other Daniel Craig films, so if you want to catch up, watch Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre. The franchise began with Dr. No. My personal franchise favorites include From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, The Living Daylights, and License to Kill.