No time to die?
Muse #548 - or is it?
I finally got around to watching the latest Bond movie “No time to Die” - the last of Daniel Craig’s franchise as 007.
*** Spoiler Alert: Discusses movie plot and ending. ***
Daniel Craig has been questioning his role as Bond for a while now. Not agreeing with the meaningless killings and gun violence that is depicted in the movies. He was cornered to contractually complete this last movie and is now walking away from it.
The movie itself was a standard Bond movie with lots of action. The ending was extremely stretched with hundreds dying killed by this superhero with no damage to the person. In the end, 007 does save the world as usual. I was bored with the second part and was waiting for it to end.
The plot is plausible, especially in the context of the pandemic we are going through. 007 saves the world from a genetically engineered and mutated virus that can target specific humans and ignore specific others. A dystopian future that is technically possible in the context of the rapid technological evolution in genetics, AI, and biotechnologies.
They have tried to soften James’s character. Being more vulnerable and in love. Not as a womanizer as generally portrayed. And he even inadvertently ends up having a baby to extend his progeny. And most importantly to top it all the hero dies in the very end as he is infected with the virus that he would not want to spread. A poetic variation in the ending of a Bond movie though the movie ended with the message “James Bond will be back…”
“M” and other members of the MI6 team end the movie by reading the epitaph on Bond’s death with this Jack London quote which is interesting but likely to be totally inappropriate in the way it was used to describe a “killer-spy-fictional character” context. You make your own judgment on it…
“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”