No Time to Die has finally hit theaters around the world — and Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film was well worth the long (really long) wait. There are showstopping action sequences, plenty of gadgets, and lots of double-crossing.
Seeing as how the No Time to Die runtime is well under the three-hour mark (yes, you should have gone to the loo before the movie started) there’s a lot to understand. Also, this is a James Bond movie that needs to be talked about. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to answer all of your biggest questions about whether it’s time to die. And there’s a lot more to go into it. James for England…
WARNING: This article is chockablock with a No Time to Die spoiler. If you haven’t seen James Bond’s latest adventure, click through now—preferably for this spoiler-free piece on the making of the film, which includes interviews with Craig and the cast.
No Time to Die Ending Explained
Well, it was a blow. For the first time in James Bond history, the main protagonist has died, leaving behind a child and his number 00. But how does No Time to Die reach this point? The plot is a bit complicated, so let’s take a step back and summarize the wit.
No Time to Die begins with Rami Malek taking revenge on Safin. Mr. White – a former high-ranking member of the villainous Spector, who played leading roles in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Specter – killed Safin’s parents and siblings, and, in retaliation, Safin killed White. Killed the wife, but saved his young daughter. , Madeleine Swann.
Years later, Swan tries to leave the past behind with James, James Bond, but things soon catch up with him. Blofeld, operating from Belmarsh Prison using a fake eye, has a Specter agent who attempts to assassinate Bond while he is visiting the grave of Eva Green’s character Vesper from Casino Royale. . Bond gets away with his life, but blames Swann for the attack, and as the two lovers are separated, Bond drops Swann on a train.
This may all happen before Billie Eilish’s theme song plays, but it’s important to understand the rest of No Time to Die.
Swann, we learn later, was not responsible for giving him and Bond the situation. She was also pregnant with Bond’s child at the time, as signposted by Swann reaching for her belly when Bond sat her on the train. The assassination attempt was Blofeld’s fault, but the iconic villain – played again by Christoph Waltz – is another nemesis who wants him dead. This is where Safin comes back into play.
Safin has been plotting the death of every Specter member from his villainous island for many years. After a mole is found in a secret UK government laboratory, Safin uses a biological weapon that targets individuals using lethal nanobots. He finally opens arms at a Specter party – where James Bond also happens to be. Safin later manages to persuade Swann to wear a specimen of the Nanobots while visiting Blofeld, leading to his death. However, Safin hasn’t done so and wants world-conquering power, and continues to develop nanobots further.
After witnessing the devastating effects of the Nanobots, Bond springs back into action and hunts Safin along with the new 007, Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch. She tracks down a rogue American agent (played by Billy Magnussen) who is working with Safin, while Bond goes after Swan. At Swan’s childhood home, Bond searches for her and learns that she has a daughter, Mathilde. “It’s not yours,” Swann insists…
Swan and Mathilde are eventually captured by Safin. Bond explores Safin’s Lair – a pre-World War Two base – and, along with Nomi, two 00 agents infiltrate the base. Safin uses Swan and Mathilde to stop Bond from destroying the project, but Swan manages to escape, Nomi kills some of the henchmen, and Bond takes Swan, Nomi and Mathilde for a short walk to get away. Helps to reach the ship.
Things are not that simple, as Q, operating from an airplane above, must open the explosion doors so that the missiles can destroy the laboratory built by Safin. Bond approaches a control panel, opens the door and exits. Then, tragedy ensues. Safin closes the explosion doors and swipes Bond with a version of the Nanobots that targets Swann and Mathilde. Bond kills Safin and, not wanting to risk the fate of the world, goes back to open the explosion doors, despite knowing that there is not enough time to reach the control room and evacuate the island.
Bond opens the door and Swann patches through. It is confirmed that Mathilde was his child and that Bond was in love with Swan. Missiles rain down – and Bond dies in the process. Bond’s found family on MI5 toast to East 007, drives into the sunset with swan Mathilde, and “We Have All the Time in the World” – the theme of Louis Armstrong in arguably the other saddest Bond film of them all, On Her Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Plays on the credits.
Is James Bond Dead?
We knew this would be Daniel Craig’s last James Bond film, but we didn’t know the former 007 would be killed in No Time to Die.
His death is quite final. Missiles are falling on him, and having Craig’s character return in some form will take away any emotional weight in the end.
We knew Bond would be kicking the bucket a while back. Danny Boyle, who was originally supposed to direct Bond 25, was previously reported to have left the project due to creative differences. Sun Claiming that the disagreement came from Boyle who did not want Bond to die. An insider reportedly said, “There was a discussion about killing Bond in a dramatic fashion at the end,” with Boyle calling the idea “ridiculous.”
Bond dies in a spectacular fashion at the end of No Time to Die. This is a huge step forward – and one that will inevitably lead to controversy.
It is also worth noting M’s praise for James Bond’s relationship to Bond-lore. “The proper function of man is to live, not exist,” he reads. “I won’t waste my days trying to prolong them. I’ll use my time.”
This is a quote from American novelist Jack London first published in 1916 by the San Francisco Bulletin. The passage later served as the introduction to a collection of London short stories published posthumously in 1956.
Interestingly, this passage has previously been used to praise James Bond. In Ian Fleming’s novel You Only Live Twice, Bond’s obituary is published in a newspaper as the detective is presumed dead. His love interest, Mary Goodknight, adds an addendum: the same Jack London passage read by M. (In the same Bond book – very different from the movie of the same name – 007 kills Blofeld.)
The passage is only part of a long paragraph. It read: “I would prefer to be ashes rather than dust! I would like my spark to burn in a fiery flame, not dry rot. I would love to be a brilliant meteor, every atom of mine in brilliant radiance, a sleep And compared to the permanent planet. The proper function of man is to survive, not to exist. I will not waste my days trying to prolong. I will use my time.”
Does James Bond have a daughter?
Despite Madeleine Swann’s protests, Mathilde is actually Bond’s daughter.
The first sign of Swan’s pregnancy is made during the introduction – Swan reaches for her belly as Bond puts her on the train. Later, when Safin meets Big Swan for the first time, he says that it is “not true” that there is no one else he cares about. Despite the film smash bite to Bond, Safin was more likely to refer to Mathilde.
Bond suspects Mathilde’s own child from the first meeting – “blond hair, blue eyes” – but Swann says otherwise, possibly as a defense mechanism and she is still unable to trust Bond. The truth is only acknowledged during Bond’s final moments.
How did Blofeld die?
Not only Bond, there have been many big deaths in No Time to Die as well. Perhaps the greatest long-time nemesis is Blofeld meeting his demise.
During an interrogation scene, when Bond tries to find out what Blofeld knows about nanobots, Blofeld is killed by Bond. Coincidentally, of course.
Safin forces Swann to apply the targeted nanobots to herself, but she bails out at Blofeld’s interrogation. However, as she leaves, Bond touches her wrist and so he himself becomes the carrier of the Nanobots. When he strangles Blofeld, he undergoes the killing apparatus and ends Blofeld’s life. Not a bad thing, really, considering that this guy managed to run an entire villainous organization from behind bars using a fake eye, but that wasn’t Bond’s intention.
With Blofeld’s death, the last member of Specter is seemingly killed.
Are Bond and Blofeld brothers?
In Specter, it is established that Blofeld sees Bond as his brother. Which would mean, of course, that the nanobots – which also target the relatives of the person they are about to kill – would kill Bond? Well, as Bond says in No Time to Die: “It’s a good deed he’s not my real brother.”
Bond and Blofeld are foster brothers. Blofeld’s family adopted Bond when he was orphaned, and Blofeld became jealous of Bond and his father’s relationship. Blofeld later planned the death of his own father and, believed to have died himself, fled and adopted his mother’s maiden name, Blofeld. It just so happens that he becomes the head of a nefarious organization and is bent on making Bond’s life miserable by targeting Bond at every opportunity.
What was Safin’s plan?
When Spector stole the nano-weapon from the UK government, he did not count any other corrupt party involved. The man is Safin, who seeks revenge on Spector after Mr. White kills his family.
Spector, along with the Nanobots, lures Bond to his party in Cuba. Blofeld believes nanobots are ready to target Bond. However, the scientists in charge of the nanobots are secretly working for Safin and transform the targets from Bond into members of Specter. Once uncovered, the virus kills everyone in the party except Bond and Paloma. Technically, Safin just saved Bond.
From there, there is only one Specter member…