Daniel Craig is the bookend of Bond, giving 007’s story a beginning — and an end.



As a title card at the finish of every of the 25 EON Productions Bond movies launched since the Kennedy Administration has promised, James Bond will Return. Daniel Craig won’t.

“No Time to Die” is an extended victory lap for Craig’s five-film tenure as 007. That’s two fewer than the seven every that Sean Connery and Roger Moore bought (although Connery’s seventh was in an “unofficial” entry. Long story.). But as a result of Craig’s public reticence adopted by manufacturing stalls and a sequence of pandemic-necessitated launch delays, his 15-year stretch in the function is the longest any actor has held it uninterrupted. But what’s extra notable is that it marks the first time on this character’s six-decade display historical past that an actor has been given a probability to indicate to us the beginning, center, and finish of 007’s profession in Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

The Craig-model Bond we met in the 2006 reboot Casino Royale was a revelation.

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