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9. No Time To Die

One can argue that COVID killed whatever storyline was in the works, but it doesn't explain why they never did anything with him in all of this time. Since he showed up, they haven't given the man much of a storyline to work with at all.

9. No Time To Die

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It felt like we learned more about Hayes in his conversation with both siblings than we've had in some time. With Megan, it became evident that Hayes has also struggled with some dark periods while grieving his wife, and it placed him in a stronger position to understand where Megan was coming from with Farouk.

The exploration of whatever Amelia was going through during the pandemic with her sobriety wasn't explored deeply. However, at the time, there was still open communication between the pairing and no discussion of actual unhappiness within the relationship.

But the two went to their respective corners to talk about one another with their new love interests. Frankly, Amelia tearing up while talking to Kai about Link was legitimately the first time she's actually come across as emotional or affected by their breakup, and Scorsone was lovely, capturing those complex raw emotions.

They've been building to this for a bit, so JoLink sexytimes isn't a shock. At this rate, why the heck not? But in time, we'll have to see if this is another George and Izzie situation or a Jackson and April one.

After being delayed by Boyle's departure and later by the COVID-19 pandemic, No Time to Die premiered globally at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 28 September 2021. It was released in cinemas on 30 September 2021 in the United Kingdom and on 8 October 2021 in the United States. The film received positive reviews and grossed over $774 million worldwide, making it the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2021. In addition to this, it had earned several other box-office record achievements, including becoming the third-highest-grossing film of all time in the UK. The film was nominated for three awards at the 94th Academy Awards, winning Best Original Song, and received numerous other accolades.

In February 2018, Danny Boyle was established as frontrunner for the directing position.[52] Boyle's original pitch to Broccoli and Wilson saw John Hodge writing a screenplay based on Boyle's idea with Purvis and Wade's version scrapped.[53] Hodge's draft was greenlit, and Boyle was confirmed to direct with a production start date of December 2018.[54] However, Boyle and Hodge left in August 2018 due to creative differences.[55] It was reported at the time that Boyle's exit was due to the casting of Tomasz Kot as the lead villain; however, Boyle later confirmed the dispute was over the script.[56][57] The release date became contingent on whether the studio could find a replacement for Boyle within sixty days.[58][59] Cary Joji Fukunaga was announced as the new director in September 2018.[60][61] Fukunaga became the first American to direct an Eon Productions Bond film and the first director to receive a writing credit for any version.[62][b] Fukunaga had been considered for Spectre before Mendes was hired, and afterwards had expressed an interest to Broccoli and Wilson about directing a future Bond film.[65] Linus Sandgren was hired as cinematographer in December 2018.[66]

Purvis and Wade were brought back to start working on a new script with Fukunaga in September 2018.[65][67] Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace screenwriter Paul Haggis turned in an uncredited rewrite in November 2018,[68] with Scott Z. Burns doing the same in February 2019.[69] At Daniel Craig's request, Phoebe Waller-Bridge provided a script polish in April 2019.[70] Waller-Bridge is the second female screenwriter credited with writing a Bond film after Johanna Harwood co-wrote Dr. No and From Russia with Love.[71][c] Barbara Broccoli was questioned about the MeToo movement at the Bond 25 launch event, where she stated that Bond's attitude towards women would move with the times and the films should reflect that.[71] In a separate interview, Waller-Bridge argued that Bond was still relevant and that "he needs to be true to this character", instead suggesting that it was the films which had to grow and evolve, emphasising "the important thing is that the film treats the women properly".[74][75]

When Boyle was hired, he pitched the film to take place in present-day Russia and explore Bond's origins; he left the production after Broccoli and Wilson "lost confidence" in the idea.[86] During Boyle's time, a leaked casting sheet described the male leading role as a "cold and charismatic Russian" and the female leading role as a "witty and skillful survivor". Production also sought male supporting roles of Māori descent with "advanced combat skills".[87] The idea of Bond having a child was introduced by Hodge and retained for the final script.[86]

No Time to Die is the first Eon-produced film in which Bond actually dies. Craig first proposed killing Bond in 2006, after the premiere of Casino Royale; Broccoli agreed to the suggestion. Craig said, "It's the only way I could see for myself to end it all and to make it like that was my tenure, someone else could come and take over ... When he [Craig's Bond] goes, he can't come back."[5] Wilson said it was "the fitting way to deal with a situation where a person is risking their life all the time. Eventually, the odds catch up with you."[5] The production team considered several ways for Bond to die, including being shot by an anonymous shooter. However, Fukunaga said that a "conventional weapons death" felt inappropriate considering that Bond had been able to "escape from everything else". Craig said the team tried to create a sense of tragedy and weight by using Safin's bioweapon, which killed "the only thing that Bond wants in life ... to be with the people he loves".[5]

After Spectre, there was speculation that it would be Craig's final Bond film. Immediately after the film's release, Craig had complained about the rigours of performing the part, saying he would rather "slash [his] wrists" than play Bond again.[89] In May 2016, it was reported that Craig had received a $100 million offer from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to do two more Bond films, but turned it down.[90] In October 2016, Craig denied having made a decision but praised his time in the role, describing it as "the best job in the world doing Bond". He further denied that $150 million was offered to him for the next two instalments.[91] Eventually, Craig was paid $25 million for his involvement.[92] In August 2017, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Craig said that the next film would mark his final appearance as Bond.[6][93] His position was reaffirmed between November 2019 and March 2020.[94][95] Craig later acknowledged that the physicality of the part had deterred him from returning to the role, having sustained injuries shooting earlier Bond films.[96][97][98] With Craig's departure, Broccoli said that No Time to Die would "tie up loose narrative threads" from Craig's previous Bond films and "come to an emotionally satisfying conclusion".[65]

In December 2018, Fukunaga said that Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes would all be reprising their roles in the film.[11] Fukunaga also said that Léa Seydoux would be reprising her role as Madeleine Swann, making her the first female lead to appear in successive Bond films.[11] Rory Kinnear returns as Bill Tanner, as does Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter.[31] Wright makes his third appearance in the series after Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace and becomes the first actor to play Leiter three times.[99] Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek were announced as cast members in a live stream, at Ian Fleming's Goldeneye estate in Jamaica. The event was on 25 April 2019 and marked the official start of production.[31][100] Malek was further announced as playing Safin, the film's villain.[101] Malek revealed in an interview that Safin would not be connected to any religion or ideology.[102]

In July 2019, Dan Romer was announced as composer for the film's score, having previously worked with Fukunaga on Beasts of No Nation and Maniac.[152] Romer left the film due to creative differences in November 2019.[153] Hans Zimmer replaced Romer by January 2020.[154] It is the first time in the Bond series history that a composer has been replaced during post-production, and the second major personnel change for the film after Boyle's departure.[155] Steve Mazzaro produced the score, while Johnny Marr played guitar. The No Time to Die score album was set to be released through Decca Records in March 2020 but was delayed to 1 October 2021 to coincide with the release of the film.[156][157]

The song "Dans la ville endormie" by French singer Dalida is heard briefly in the opening scene.[163][164] Louis Armstrong's version of "We Have All the Time in the World" is a recurring theme included three times within the score and originally appeared in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, recalling both love and loss experienced by Bond following a similar poignancy in this film.[165] The track is played in full during the closing credits.[166]

Barry Hertz of The Globe and Mail wrote that the film "makes sure that my eyes are following each and every oh-whoa stunt. As well as guaranteeing that I actually care about whether (or, really, how) Bond gets out of this one."[243] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that the film "takes its place among the best of the entire series", and concluded "Craig leaves the series in a mammoth, 163-minute extravaganza that audiences will be enjoying for decades. It's a lovely thing to see."[244] K. Austin Collins of Rolling Stone described the film as being "just fine: sometimes intriguing, sometimes not, sometimes boring, sometimes not", adding: "It's a bit more successful if we think of it instead as a tribute to the Craig era, and to the star himself."[245] Michael O'Sullivan of The Washington Post gave the film 3/4 stars, writing that it was "a bit too long and a bit too complicated", but added that it was "also a fittingly complicated and ultimately perversely satisfying send-off for the actor".[246] Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor gave the film 3/5 stars, writing: "It offers up the requisite thrills, stunts, and bad guys. Beautiful people abound, and 007 still knows how to fill out a tux." However, he questioned "Has James Bond become irrelevant?"[247] 041b061a72

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