James Bond has once again grabbed the attention of the audience with No Time To Die. The 25th feature in one of the biggest franchises has once again proven to be worth the money of its audience. Daniel Craig has given us yet another great performance in his last outing as the international spy in the spy thriller that has ranged over decades now. Craig has brought a whole new narrative to these movies. These movies are no more composed of only gadgets or lavish lifestyles. The movies have now gotten grittier stories and have also shown us sides of Bond that were previously left unexplored. But it seems the title of No Time To Die is not exactly appropriate to the story that we got to witness. The ending of Bond 25 proves it.
No Time To Die
No Time To Die ended Daniel Craig‘s rendition of the titular character. It followed the narrative that was built from the very first film in his take on the role. The story follows a retired Bond who realizes that his wife Madeleine Swann, played by Léa Seydoux, may have actually betrayed him. He goes into hiding but is then visited by Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, and the latter asks for his help. He is convinced and he heads back to his spy persona. We get to explore the narrative from the idea that this time we know a lot more about Bond than we had known from any of the movies before.
Bond Film Titles
Bond titles have always stuck to a specific pattern that gives them a vibe that once can hear the name and understand it’s a Bond film. Craig’s renditions often took liberty with this and even had a title that was a part of the narrative of the movie. We are referring to Skyfall here. Certain words often fit perfectly for the title of a Bond movie. Variations of the words “Live”, “Kill”, “Love”, “Gold”, and “Die” hold a commonplace in various Bond film titles. These titles are specifically picked because they are memorable and play an integral part in the marketing perspective. Not only that but these titles are also somewhat Fleming-esque. It seems the new title even though stuck to these norms wasn’t the appropriate title. A title that actually parted from these traditions could have been a better choice.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
The movie makes multiple nods to 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. This Bond was not really a massive hit with the audience and the fans of the franchise considering the choice of star for the role of Bond. George Lazenby only appeared in one James Bond film and that was that. But this movie has now found its place amongst the best James Bond films because of the story. The story centers around Bond falling in love with Tracy, played by Diana Rigg. They later get married and but their happiness is cut short when Tracy is killed by Blofeld’s henchwoman. The following scene saw Bond cradling Tracy’s body in his arms and whispering “we have all the time in the world” as a nod to a promise that he had made to her.
All The Time In The World
No Time To Die follows a bit of a similar story as we start the movie with a similar circumstance for Bond. It seems All The Time In The World would have definitely been a better choice as the title of the movie. The theme for the movie was composed by Hans Zimmer and it uses John Barry’s “We Have All The Time In The World” theme as the bookend of the film. This was also present in the scene where we saw Bond and Madeleine as they drove across the road to Matera in the Aston Martin DB5. But the movie ends with Bond dying and Madeleine surviving. Bond sacrifices himself to save Madeleine and his daughter. He says his goodbye over the radio as missiles head towards him. Madeleine wishes if they had more time, to which Bond replies, “You have all the time in the world.”
Time plays an essential part in the movie and it is absolutely fitting for being a part of the title of the movie. The time that he lost with Madeleine and then the race against time to stop the nanobot virus are essential moments of the film. This clearly indicates that All The Time In The World is definitely a better choice for the title of the movie.
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