Daniel Craig’s ‘No Time To Die

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Daniel Craig’s ‘No Time To Die’ is smashing franchise records

Fans of Ian Fleming’s beloved Bond flocked to cinemas across the world to watch Daniel Craig’s last stint as James Bond in ‘No Time To Die’.

Daniel Craig’s ‘No Time To Die

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The new James Bond film, No Time To Die, broke the franchise record for opening-weekend takings, Universal Pictures said Tuesday, 5 October with Daniel Craig’s last outing as the eponymous hero netting $34 million (R507 866 220,75). 

No Time To Die | Breaking Records

The movie achieved Bond’s best-ever three-day domestic opening in its 60-year history after it opened in Britain and Ireland on 28 September. The blockbuster movie is currently on show in South Africa after more than a year of chopping and changing its launch due to COVID-19. It has so far opened in 54 countries, including Germany, Spain, Brazil and Japan, grossing $121 million dollars, said Universal, making it the first Hollywood release to break $100 million without counting China among its opening markets.

It was reportedly the highest single-day gross since the release of Avengers: Endgame in April 2019.

It is already Britain’s biggest film release since the pandemic hit in early 2020, sparking optimism of a revival for the beleaguered industry, reports AFP.

No Time To Die might become the franchise’s most successful – which will replace Skyfall – which, according to critics, and box office numbers, is the best Daniel Craig 007 movie with a worldwide take of more than $1.1 billion.

The Best James Bond Film?

Fans of Bond flocked to cinemas across the world to catch the latest 007 adventure to a host of positive reviews.

“It’s better than good. It’s magnificent,” The Times newspaper’s film critic Kevin Maher gushed.

The film received a 90% score on RottenTomatoes and an 8.2/10 on Metacritic. Other critics simply gave it five stars.

The Reviews Are In

Owen Gleiberman of Variety says that Casino Royale, the first film in which Daniel Craig portrayed 007, was the greatest Bond film since the early Sean Connery days, and in many ways, “the most perfectly realised Bond movie ever”. But, No Time To Die, at heart, is, also, described as a traditional Bond film, which is part of its pleasure. 

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