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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie is largely about violence and how it scars us. Asserts that it's our choices that make us who we are. A choice is made here that proves the point.
Positive Role Models
Bond often relies on violence to accomplish his goals, is frequently driven by revenge, has his share of vices, has been known to choose iffy ways of resolving problems. But he's loyal to the end, determined to carry out his mission. He even makes a great sacrifice to save the rest of the world. The three main characters all have violent pasts and have been shaped in various ways by those pasts.
While Bond is (as ever) a White man, there's a fairly diverse cast of supporting characters. Nomi, a Black woman, is the newest double-0 agent; Moneypenny is also now a Black woman; Poloma proves she can fight alongside Bond with no trouble; and CIA agent Felix Leiter is Black. This installment also shares the fact that Q dates men. The actor who plays the villain, Rami Malek, is of Egyptian ancestry. Unfortunately, the series continues to indulge in the damaging stereotype that people with disabilities are villainous. In this case, Malek's character has a facial difference.
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Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Many characters are shot and/or killed. Explosions. Faces blister, characters scream and die from a deadly chemical weapon. Blood drips from a wound. Choking. Fighting, stunts. Car and motorcycle chases and crashes. Sinking boat. Children in peril. Teen who's stalked by a masked killer falls into a frozen lake; teen shoots man with pistol. Jump scare. Villain's false eye pops out, false eye fried by electromagnetic pulse. Poison plants.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple is shown kissing passionately and lying in bed together. A topless woman lies face down with her bare back shown (bottom covered by sheet). Revealing clothing. Man takes a shower, shirtless, shown to his waist and hips. Background kissing at a party.
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Infrequent language includes a use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "ass," and "hell," and "Jesus Christ" and "my God" used as exclamations.
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Products & Purchases
As with other Bond movies, this one features many sponsors with product placements, including Heineken beer, Omega wristwatches, and various outfits, fashion accessories, and vehicles. Advertising isn't overt.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent drinking in bars, clubs, parties, etc. -- beer, scotch, vodka martinis, etc. A minor character seems to drink too much (she passes out). Another character gulps down a martini to combat her nervousness. Young girl pours her a glass from a box of wine. Smoking. Pill bottles shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that No Time to Die is the 25th James Bond movie and the fifth with Daniel Craig in the lead role. It's more epic, tragic, and emotional than is typical for the franchise, and, despite its length (163 minutes), it's worth seeing for teen and adult fans. Expect the usual guns and shooting, fighting, chases, crashes, and stunts. While there's little blood, characters are killed, some by gruesome, face-blistering chemical weapons. A child and a teen are in peril at different points; the teen shoots a gun and falls into an icy lake. Characters kiss passionately and lie in bed together; there's the suggestion of nudity, but nothing explicit is shown. Infrequent language includes a use of "f--k" and a use of "s--t," plus "ass," "Jesus Christ," etc. Characters drink frequently in social situations, and one minor character appears drunk. Smoking is also shown. While there are more diverse representations here than in previous Bond movies, it does still perpetuate the stereotype that people with disabilities are villainous. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Overlong and with some weak (and confusing) spots, this outing still has a grand, tragic arc, with spectacular action and characters -- both James Bond and the others -- who feel more human. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time to Die certainly could have been trimmed a bit shorter than its 2 hours and 43 minutes. A comic Russian scientist (David Dencik) is a bit much; he recalls -- and pales in comparison to -- Alan Cumming's Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye (1995). And the attempt to keep the villain's identity a secret, when Rami Malek is second-billed, seems needlessly convoluted. (Malek gives a Bela Lugosi-like performance, slathered in Boris Karloff-like makeup.) But the movie's confidence in both its action and its characters is infectious.
Craig feels totally alive here, pulling off incredible stunts. Yet his quieter scenes are even more impressive. He's allowed to feel rage, regret, even caring. While No Time to Die includes the standard Bond vodka martini, tuxedo, watch, car, and "Bond, James Bond" tagline, it's not just another formulaic entry. It shares DNA (and a song) with the series' most unique entry, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and it's thematically similar to both The Dark Knight Returns and Logan, increasing its scope but also deepening its emotional intensity. The notably (especially for Bond) diverse supporting cast gets many moments to show their own emotions and developments, rather than merely being there to serve or react to 007 (perhaps credit for that is due to co-screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge?). Ana de Armas and Lashana Lynch in particular would be most welcome back in any future movies.
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