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While Rami Malek’s Safin made himself a major villain in No Time To Die, viewers were robbed of one last face-off between Craig’s Bond and Blofeld.

Although it was a solid swan song for Daniel Craigs James Bond, No time to die never made use of the franchise’s most iconic villain, Blofeld. After countless delays, Daniel Craig’s last James Bond movie finally arrived in October 2021. No time to die received largely positive reviews and was generally seen as an appropriate swan song for Craig’s Bond, but the film was not without problems.

Although Safin was probably the wrong villain No time to die, Rami Malek’s antagonist ended up being the plot’s primary antagonist. This came as a surprise to some James Bond franchise fans like the previous film in the series, 2015’s Specter, introduced a reworked Blofeld. With Christoph Waltz now playing the iconic villain, it was widely believed that this well-known fan favorite would be Bond’s biggest problem in No time to die, rather than the previously unseen Safin.


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However, No time to die director Cary Fukunaga had other ideas and ended up limiting Blofeld’s role in the sequel to a minor appearance. This came as an unwelcome surprise to viewers who wanted to see more of Bond and Blofeld’s long-awaited face-off, where their final reunion was an anticlimactic affair that was over in minutes. While Fukunaga’s ideas to No time to die were interesting undermining of the standard Bond franchise formula when the director hyped Blofeld up and then denied fans a final showdown, the director overplayed his hand and failed many viewers.

Specter Overused Blofeld

To be fair to Fukunaga’s films, Blofeld turns back into a compelling villain after 2015’s Specter it would not be an easy task for any instructor. When Waltz’s version of the villain appeared in Specter, he was a welcome, campy screen presence, but the twists and turns of the James Bond excursion quickly took things in a ridiculous direction. Introducing the iconic villain would have been enough for most franchise fans, but revealing that he was secretly related to Bond and actually orchestrated all the events of the previous Craig-era movies, smelled of desperation. Specter‘s worst twist made Blofeld both an almost omniscient antagonist and a driven by the same motivation as Dr. Evil, which both made it difficult for Waltz’s charismatic turn in the role to save the villain’s potential. The character was overwhelmed by the ambitious excursion that might have kept his origins and intent mysterious, but instead over-explained his motives and exaggerated the shock value of his silly backstory.

No Time To Die’s Blofeld plot was bizarrely short

James Bond and Blofeld speak one last time in No Time to Die

Whose Specter suffered from having chosen to center Blofeld’s role in history too much, no one could reasonably accuse No time to die to have the same problem. The sequel’s Blofeld performance was confusingly short and had so little impact on the film’s story that even fans who disliked the villain were surprised by its brevity. Anna De Armas’ role as Paloma proved it No time to die could make a big impression even in its smaller scenes, but Blofeld’s part was not only strange because of its short duration. The prison scene was a strangely short performance that ended with Blofeld’s unexpected death even shocking Bond himself, meaning the viewer and character were robbed of any outrageous facial expressions between the duo. The fact that Blofeld was killed with little fanfare by someone else using Bond as a puppet made his No time to die role little more than a glorified cameo that was hyped before the film’s long-awaited release.

Bonds Blofeld Face-Off never happened

Jame Bond and Blofeld in No Time To Die

It was Safin’s nanobots who killed Blofeld instead of Bond, and while the revelation that Malek’s villain was the film’s true antagonist was a good twist, it lowered the hype surrounding Bond confronting his half-brother. Before No time to dies release, the question of whether Madeleine, Blofeld or Safin was Bond’s biggest threat was hard to guess. While it was a welcome surprise that Fukunaga’s film did not go with the most obvious answer, this approach still meant that Blofeld’s death was a damp grind in an otherwise entertaining film as it severed the bond between Bond and Blofeld and made both men Satins. farmers.

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No Time To Die Did Not Need Blofeld

No Time To Die Safin Mask

Malek’s Safin was a compelling Bond villain in his own right – camped, menacing and powerful – but add to his canonical connection to Madeleine, and he was an ideal addition to the Craig-era villain’s gallery of 007 Evil. Having a connection to Bond’s love interest, Safin could have been a perfect villain to end Craig’s bow, and he actually was – he just did not have to share his story with an underutilized Blofeld. The Craig-era Bond cannon allowed the series to tell bigger, more ambitious stories than the usual Bond formula could accommodate, so there was not necessarily any need to bring Blofeld back, even as a misdirect. The character would probably die for tying all loose ends of Craig’s time as 007, and it would certainly have been strange to see him survive (even in prison) as No time to die‘s end killed by Craigs Bond. Safin, however, could just as easily have killed Blofeld himself and established him as a particularly deadly villain without misleading viewers about the identity of the film’s villain.

As evidenced by the fact that Safin (sort of) won over Bond, it was No time to die villain did not need a twisted revelation to act as an effective antagonist. Creating Blofeld as the main villain threw viewers out of the scent, but it also led franchise fans to assume that Bond’s long-standing feud with Blofeld would pay off in a meaningful way. As such, the twist revelation that Blofeld was only a minor villain was not a entirely welcome surprise as it spoiled the story of its connection to previous Craig-era Bond outings. The fact that Safin had a connection to Madeleine’s past helped with this problem, but it could have been avoided if the highly praised showdown between Bond and Blofeld were completely removed. That way, viewers would have been less likely to go No time to die feel James Bond wasted excursion to Blofeld, one of the franchise’s most iconic villains.

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