We often say that new TV shows or movies are long-awaited – but it has never been more true in the case of No Time To Die, which had its release delayed as the coronavirus pandemic hit.

So here we are 18 months later, and James Bond has retired, living the quiet life in Jamaica. Though, of course, that doesn’t last long.

He’s approached by CIA agent Felix Leiter for one last job, leading him to take on the sinister Safin and discover the secrets of Madeleine Swann – the woman he loved.

As the latest Bond movie arrives on the BT Player, here are three reasons to make sure you watch it.

1. Classic action scenes

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time To Die

Bond isn’t Bond without a series of spectacular stunts, and this action-packed caper is no exception.

From the moment our hero hurls himself off a bridge, to gravity-defying car chases, a motorbike jaunt up staircases and the iconic Aston Martin protecting Bond and Madeleine from a series of bullets, expect the white-knuckle thrills that we’ve become accustomed to.

And that’s before we even get onto the new set of cars, watches, elaborate weapons and suits which are sure to satisfy the biggest Bond fans.

2. A stunning send-off for Daniel Craig

As the longest-serving Bond, it’s only right that the British actor gets a fitting farewell after 15 years in the role.

Peppered with a series of long goodbyes, the movie is an emotional swan song for Craig in which his acting capabilities come to the fore.

He plays possibly the most rounded Bond yet – he’s sombre, stoic, romantic, unafraid of showing his feelings but also has a sense of humour – and Craig brilliantly breathes new dimensions into the character before being given the film’s stunning conclusion that he deserves.

3. The dynamic co-stars

Ana De Armas in No Time To Die

New 007 Nomi is played with swagger by Lashana Lynch, and Ana De Armas’ portrayal of Paloma shows she still has the chemistry with Craig that she showed in Knives Out. Both excel as the kicking, shooting women in his life.

Among the returning cast, Ben Whishaw again plays Q with droll fun, and Ralph Fiennes gets to show off his fine acting skills as an anxious M with a darker agenda.

Furthermore we haven’t seen Bond grow so attached to anyone as he does to Madeleine, played by Léa Seydoux, and Rami Malek gives villain Safin an understated, creepy and leering treatment.

Buy or rent No Time To Die now in the BT Player

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