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"James Bond will return." But he should have gotten a better finale first

For many devoted fans of James Bond films, 'No Time To Die' is not only the most disappointing Bond film ever; it is distressing.

October 31, 2021 / 03:30 PM IST
Illustration by Suneesh K.

Illustration by Suneesh K.

Warning: This article contains spoilers about No Time To Die.

After the closing credits of No Time To Die (NTTD), a line appears on the dark screen: “James Bond will return.” But by then, the audience would have realized with some shock that the 59-year-old Bond movie saga as they knew it, beginning with Dr No in 1962, had ended. The series had seen a full reboot with Casino Royale in 2006, but this is the old program being scrapped.

Bond is killed off at the end of NTTD. If and when 007 returns, he will be a brand-new person.

But he deserved a much better finale. For many devoted fans, NTTD is not only the most disappointing Bond film ever; it is distressing.