James Bond movies are famous for guns and gadgets, cocktails and cocksure heroes.
But the recent spate of films starring Daniel Craig gave the man with the license to kill a heart and mind to match. And while the actor’s final bow in “No Time to Die” has its issues, the latest action adventure nicely places the exploding cherry on top of an evolutionary period in the British superspy’s cinematic life.
Wrapping up the five-movie mini-saga that began with 2006’s “Casino Royale,” director Cary Joji Fukunaga (the first American to helm a Bond film)ventures where none have dared to go before in the franchise’sstoried 25-film history – and it’s not just giving somebody else the 007 handle.
In “No Time to Die” (★★★ out of four; rated PG-13; in theaters Friday), Craig’s secret agent wrestles with mortality and finds himself on the opposite side of Her Majesty’s secret service amid the familiar aspects fans adore: death-defying situations, ridiculously cool cars, globetrotting scenery and, of course, a random European supervillain threatening the globe.