No Time At All to Pass away: All your burning concerns addressed (big spoilers)

No Time At All to Pass away: All your burning concerns addressed (big spoilers)


Daniel Craig is 007 for the last time.


You’ve seen No Time to Pass Away, Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond, and this impressive, psychological and explosive swan tune for 007 has actually probably blown your mind. Out now in United States theaters and currently a hit in the UK, the latest Bond movie is loaded with twists and turns developing up to an ending that’s stunning, positively stunning. And what does the ending mean for the next James Bond?

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Is James Bond dead?

Yes, James Bond passes away in No Time to Die. In a decades-old series popular for its repetitive formula, Bond dying is something we certainly didn’t expect.


This James Bond is dead, yes. Shot in the back, mortally injured and after that exploded, he’s not coming back. A minimum of, the version of James Bond played by Daniel Craig isn’t coming back.

Is there a post-credits scene?

No. If you stick around up until the end of the credits, you’ll see the well-known words that have actually closed many previous 007 films: “James Bond will return.” When that occurs, the character will be played by somebody aside from Daniel Craig in a fresh reset of the series. Which might be under the auspices of Amazon, which recently purchased motion picture studio MGM

Is Mathilde really Bond’s kid?

Obviously? Madeleine initially denies that the young girl is Bond’s child, but he believes that’s not real since she has blue eyes like his. Safin tells Bond she’s his kid, but this sinister bad guy could quickly be lying to control and provoke Bond. At the end, Madeleine admits Bond is a father, however again that could be a lie to comfort him in his last minutes. It’s ambiguous enough for you to make up your own mind.

Update: Excellent point from reader OilRiggers in the comments: “Madeleine does not inform Bond that Mathilde ‘is not his daughter’. She informs him that ‘she is not his.’ Discreetly however rather a various thing. Mathilde is Madeleine’s.” After her experience with her own dad, Madeleine would certainly be wary of allowing a killer to declare any kind of ownership of this innocent kid, and even suggest his own hazardous personality continues in her.

What’s the quote M reads for Bond’s eulogy?

” The correct function of male is to live, not to exist. I shall not lose my days in attempting to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

This quote is commonly credited to author Jack London. Fleming utilized these words in an obituary for Bond when the superspy was presumed dead in the 1964 novel You Only Live Two times.

Is No Time At All to Die based upon a book?

Not truly, however similar to all Bond movies, the filmmakers have drawn in aspects from Ian Fleming’s books. In this case, the film draws on You Only Live Two times, which sees Bond living as a fisherman, traveling to remote Japan to damage a macabre Garden of Death, and passing away (apparently). In the book, Bond’s lover Kissy Suzuki becomes pregnant, but the kid is never mentioned once again in Fleming’s novels. Fans were alerted to the source material when “Shatterhand” remained in 2019 revealed as a working title for the film– it’s a recommendation to the name embraced by Blofeld as the book’s bad guy. You Just Live Twice, which is rather maudlin and death-obsessed even by Bond requirements, was the second to last in the series and the last to be in fact completed by Fleming before he died.

Actor Sean Connery on the set of You Live Only Twice. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Sean Connery plays Bond in You Live Only Two times.

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Bond also went to Vesper Lynd’s grave in the previous story, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the book in which he satisfied and married his wife Contessa Teresa “Tracy” di Vicenzo, the love of his life in the novels (and the pre-Craig films).

Why do they keep saying ‘we have all the time in the world’?

Those were Bond’s last words to Tracy in the novel On Her Majesty’s Trick Service, and they were used as the title of a tune for the 1969 movie adaptation. Made Up by John Barry, with lyrics by Hal David, the song was sung by jazz legend Louis Armstrong. It was only launched as a single (and became a hit) in the 1990 s. Components of the tune were utilized by composer Hans Zimmer in the No Time to Die track Matera, while the full original song is played over the new movie’s closing credits.

George Lazenby as James Bond and Diana Rigg as his ill-fated wife Teresa in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service', directed by Peter R Hunt, 1969. (Photo by Larry Ellis Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

George Lazenby in his one getaway as James Bond, with Diana Rigg as his ill-fated other half Tracy, murdered by Blofeld in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

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What about the rest of the music?

Zimmer changed composer Dan Romer during postproduction, and the soundtrack nods to other little bits of traditional Bond music. For instance, in the scene where Bond meets M on the banks of the river Thames to properly rejoin the secret service, elements of John Barry’s score for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service can be heard.

The title tune is obviously by Billie Eilish, written with her sibling Finneas O’Connell. Very first heard in early 2020, it won a Grammy prior to the COVID-delayed motion picture even came out.

What automobiles does Bond drive?

The opening series in Italy sees Bond drive his gadget-packed vintage Aston Martin DB5, first driven by Sean Connery in 1964’s Goldfinger and reestablished to the series with 2012’s Skyfall. Later, he grabs another traditional from storage: an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, formerly driven by Timothy Dalton in 1987’s The Living Daylights.

Fittingly, Bond’s replacement is a bit more as much as date in her choice of cars and truck. Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch, drives an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Any other links to timeless Bond motion pictures?

Look out for paintings of previous Ms in the secret service workplaces: a portrait of Judi Dench and another of Bernard Lee commemorate Bond’s managers from previous movies. Which rather complicates the timeline, when you consider it.

Years later, Safin is obsessed with Madeleine, and honestly his objective is much less clear. No idea, other than they’re the bad men in a Bond film and that’s the kind of loopy crap they do.


Rami Malek as Safin in No Time to Die.
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Nanobots? Truly?

It’s quite a coincidence that the movie revolves around a fatal infection that prevents people from touching the ones they love. The nanobot principle doesn’t precisely fit with Safin’s apparently organic garden of poisons, which makes me wonder if the technology element was contributed to distance the virus from the COVID pandemic.

Did the film requirement to be that long?

That depends on you. At 163 minutes, or more hours and 43 minutes, it’s the longest run time for a Bond motion picture.

What is Heracles?

Heracles was the Greek name for the hero of antiquity called Hercules by the Romans. Maltreated by the goddess Hera, Heracles infamously killed his own children and was required to carry out 12 labors as a penance.

The legend chimes with the ending of the movie. A villainous centaur fooled Heracles’ better half into giving the hero a poisoned t-shirt that burned his skin, comparable to how the bioweapon kills an individual it touches. As soon as poisoned, Heracles constructed his own funeral pyre and was incinerated, simply as a poisoned Bond selected to be blown up. The similarity doesn’t end there: Heracles’ human body burned, however his godlike self increased to Olympus to survive on. And while Daniel Craig’s version of the character might pass away, the character of James Bond is everlasting.

It’s hard to know which parts of the movie were conceived by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and which by regular Bond film writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, but the playful tone, sharp dialogue and rounded women characters absolutely feel like Waller-Bridge. The Fleabag and Killing Eve developer is the 2nd woman to compose a James Bond film after Johanna Harwood worked on the very first 2 in the series, Dr. No and From Russia With Love back in the 1960 s.

What’s with all the corduroy?

No Time to Pass away sees Bond relaxing into brand-new roles as a retired person and even a moms and dad.
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Bond and Madeleine vacation in Matera, southern Italy, potentially the third-oldest city in the world (behind Aleppo and Jericho).

During the flashback to Madeleine’s childhood at the start of the movie, the Television is revealing The Wrong Trousers, an Oscar-winning 1993 stop-motion movie from British studio Aardman Animations.

Who will be the next James Bond?

Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

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