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‘No Time to Die’ isn’t perfect, but it’s a solid swan song for Daniel Craig, critics say


Daniel Craig stars in “No Time To Die” the latest James Bond film.

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After 18 months of waiting, the latest installment in the James Bond saga is finally arriving the in theaters.

A swan song for actor Daniel Craig, who has portrayed 007 since 2006’s “Casino Royale,” “No Time to Die” debuts in the U.K. on Friday before opening domestically Oct. 8.

The 25th Bond film isn’t perfect, but explosive stunt sequences and a magnetic performance from Craig are enough to overcome a complicated plot and long run time, critics say.

Years after apprehending Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), the main antagonist of 2015’s “Spectre,” James Bond has retired and is living a quiet life in Jamaica. When an old CIA agent contact asks for help with one last job, Bond finds himself confronting the sinister Safin (Rami Malek) as well as the woman he once loved Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux).

“No Time to Die” currently holds an 83% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 138 reviews.

Here’s what critics thought of Craig’s final James Bond film ahead of its U.K. opening:

A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in “No Time To Die.”

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Nicholas Barber, BBC

John Nugent, Empire

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in “No Time To Die.”

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Brian Tallerico, Roger Ebert

Jason Solomons, The Wrap

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