The No Time To Die ending explained: How Daniel Craig’s last James Bond adventure ends

No time to die

Daniel Craig’s last James Bond adventure has a damn end.

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No time to die hit British theaters on Thursday, with the US release date taking place on 8 October and Australia following 11 November. It is 25th official 007 movie, which brings Daniel Craig’s 15-year tenure as James Bond to an end.

“In Daniel Craig’s last outing as the suave superstar, James Bond finally gets a life,” CNET’s Richard Trenholm said in his review. “The result is an epic, explosive and emotional swan song that throws everything it has against the wall for a truly unique entry into the series.” This is especially true of the bold and unprecedented ending.

Let’s dive into the last moment of the film, but be warned: the following SPOILERS should only be in front of your eyes if you’ve seen the movie.

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Infiltration

Bioterrorist Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek) draws Bond’s former lover Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) and her daughter Mathilde to her classic villain house on an ancient island base in World War II between Japan and Russia. Earlier, Madeleine insisted that Mathilde was not Bond’s child, but the striking blue eyes suggest otherwise.

Madeleine’s father, the late Mr. White, killed Safin’s family on behalf of the terrorist group Specter since Safin was just a little boy, so he killed Madeleine’s mother to get back to Mr. White. Madeleine was caught under ice as she tried to escape this attack, but Safin rescued her and became obsessed as a big weirdo.

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Lyutsifer Safin brings some creepy villain to the adventure.

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Safin already forced her to take part in his plan to wipe out Specter with Heracles, a DNA-based bioweapon containing nanobots targeted at specific humans. Bond inadvertently completes his mission to kill the captured Specter boss Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) as part of Safin’s revenge (cue maniacal laughter). But there is more: from its base, Safin intends to launch Heracles globally and infect millions (laughter intensifies).

Recently reintroduced as 007, Bond and with 00 agent Nomi (Lashana Lynch) infiltrate the island and apparently succeed in opening the silo doors for a missile attack ordered by M (Ralph Fiennes) to wipe out Safin’s base. Nomi escapes with Madeleine and Mathilde, while Bond holds on to make sure the base is destroyed.

Bond’s fate

The silo doors begin to close, so Bond hurries back to reopen them. Could it be a trap? It definitely is.

Safin drops 007, shoots Bond several times, and infects him with nanobots encoded in Madeline’s DNA – meaning he can never touch her or Matilde again without killing them. What an idiot.

Bond numbly attributes Safin and opens the silo doors again, but it is clear that he does not have time to escape. Severely wounded, he climbs up a ladder to the roof and calls Madeline to tell her he loves her.

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Bond and Madeleine Swann take us on an emotional roller coaster.

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“You have all the time in the world,” he says.

“She has your eyes,” she replies, confirming that Mathilde is his daughter.

“I know,” he says as the missiles come down on the base. “I know.”

With that, Bond is enveloped in the explosions.

Wait, James Bond is dying?

Yes, for the first time in the character’s 59-year film history (and 68-year-old literary), 007 killed. The title of the film lied to us. It is also quite definitive; he had been badly wounded by Safin, and the missile attack wiped out the island. But the legendary spy also seemed to be at peace with his fate.

This happens after Bond became a father for the first time (as we know it) and seemed ready to settle down with Madeline and Matilde, which made it even more devastating. Excuse me, I have something in my eye.

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Daniel Craigs James Bond: 2006-2021

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What happens after his death?

Nomi returns to MI6 headquarters in London, and M gathers her, Moneypenny, Tanner and Q (Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear and Ben Whishaw) in an emotional bowl for their deceased colleague, where M reads a quote from author Jack London.

“Right, back to work,” M. says. Probably has another supervillain to stop.

The last moments take us to the spectacular Italian mountain town of Matera, where we met Madeline and Bond at the beginning of the film. This time she is driving with their daughter.

“Matilde, I want to tell you a story about a man,” Madeline says. “His name was Bond, James Bond.”

The credits roll in the style of Louis Armstrongs We have all the time in the world.

How important is that song?

Longtime Bond fans will recognize that We Have All the Time in the World from 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the sixth film in the franchise and George Lazenby’s only outing in the role.

The title is darkly ironic – it is taken from Bond’s last line after his new wife, Tracy, was shot dead by Blofeld’s goon.

No Time To Die echoes in Her Majesty’s Secret Service knowing that it sees Bond grow as a person and apparently willing to leave spycraft to settle down. In both cases, fate intervenes – and it seems that something has come into my eye again.

Is there a post-credits scene?

No Time To Die does not have a post-credits scene, but if you stick to the end, you will see the classic words “James Bond returns.”

The phrase has never been more reassuring, but we do not yet know who will take over after Craig.

The future 007

The search for the next Bond actress will begin in 2022, producer Barbara Broccoli told BBC Radio 4’s Today program, according to Deadline.

“We want Daniel to have his party,” she said. “Next year we start thinking about the future.”

The Bond franchise has always been a bit fuzzy in terms of continuity – newer actors’ films sometimes referred to events from an earlier era, so it seemed like Sean Connery, Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan all played the same person.

But Craig’s first film, Casino Royale, restarted the franchise in 2006. So his film is an independent series, and his version of the character’s death closes the loop on that narrative. Goodbye, Mr. Bond.


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