No Time to Die: James Bond vs. the Pandemic

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to Die. (Nicola Dove/DANJAQ, LLC/MGM)
Bond 25 cuts a little too close to the bone. Where’s the fun?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he new James Bond flick No Time to Die takes place amid the prospect of a worldwide pandemic unleashed from a laboratory where scientists are specifically trying to engineer insanely dangerous biological weapons, but that’s not the only reason I found the movie a bit uncomfortable. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who is best known for season 1 of True Detective, Bond 25 is the least fun and most somber excursion in the entire Bond series, as well as being by far the longest 007 movie. Two hours and 43 minutes? Really?

Fukunaga, who has indicated that he finds the Bond

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