O&A movie columnist Mark Fields’ quick take on the latest releases
No Time to Die, the 25th film in the legendary James Bond franchise and reportedly the last with Daniel Craig as British superagent 007, is a satisfying conclusion to this arc of Bond stories. The five Craig movies have been far more narratively connected than the mostly one-off adventures in the series, and No Time to Die brings various aspects of that overarching story to a fitting, albeit somber, close. The film includes all of the elements one hopes for in these sturdy spy sagas: breathless action sequences, exotic locations, and a damaged, baroque villain with a convoluted scheme. But No Time to Die, as directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, has weightier ideas about personal history and regret in mind, which it slowly reveals through a dense plot filled with secrets and betrayals. This longest movie in the series is at least 20 minutes too long and has a surprising-though-appropriate muted color palette. The stakes may be lost on viewers not fully invested in the intricacies of the story that has carried over from earlier films. However, the world-weary performance of Craig, the careful parade of familiar tropes, and an abundance of Bondian Easter eggs will be rewarding for the faithful.