No Time To Die: Daniel Craig gets a fitting end to his chapter as James Bond

Daniel Craig bid adieu to James Bond with a riveting performance in No Time To Die.

Daniel Craig portrays James Bond for the fifth and final time in No Time To Die.
Daniel Craig portrays James Bond for the fifth and final time in No Time To Die.  © imago/ZUMA Press

Though its predecessors had a bit more dazzle, No Time To Die aptly ended the English actor's tenure as 007.

The movie, which earned $56 million over the weekend, followed the former MI6 agent's attempt at living a normal life.

Yet, paradise is a fleeting luxury for the trained killer.

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The long-awaited blockbuster nicely tied-up some loose ends and, thanks to Craig's screen-stealing performance, gave viewers plenty of heart with an emotional, fitting conclusion.

But the flick lacked the punch the previous Bond films weren't afraid to give.

Daniel Craig's final performance is a shining light

Rami Malek stars as Lyutsifer Safi, James Bond's new adversary who wants revenge against Spectre.
Rami Malek stars as Lyutsifer Safi, James Bond's new adversary who wants revenge against Spectre.  © imago/ZUMA Press

Not Time To Die begins with James on a romantic vacation with Bond girl, Madeleine Swann, played by Léa Seydoux.

However, their time is cut short after he gets ambushed by the evil organization Spectre.

James believes that he was betrayed by his lover, while the true villain of the piece, played by Rami Malek, is lurking in the shadows.

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This dangerous foe has a chilling connection to 007, which is brought to light in a thrilling and shocking climax.

The spy drama offered a few surprises with heart-stopping car chases and fight sequences. The ensemble cast more than hold their own, particularly Lashana Lynch, who played Nomi – aka the replacement 007.

Interestingly, fans were initially disappointed with her casting, as it put an end to speculation that she would be the next James Bond.

Despite its many positives, No Time To Die could've brought a little more intensity to the plot. In the end, though, Daniel Craig's moving performance was more than enough to properly end his time as the charismatic agent.

All the attention now turns to who will pick up the mantle next.

Cover photo: imago/ZUMA Press

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