No Time To Die Is The Longest James Bond Film Ever, But Is It Too Long?

Oh yeah, nowadays, it seems like studios are trying super hard to make these important movies long. It actually feels like the only real exception to this rule has been Justice League, which Warner Bros. wanted to be under two hours for completely arbitrary reasons. While some may complain that movies have gotten too long, I’m happy studios are willing to take risks on longer films to help finish things off. This seems to be the case for No Time to Die, the latest James Bond movie.

Regal Cinemas has revealed that this entry in the James Bond canon will be the longest to date at 163 minutes. This means it’ll run two hours and 43 minutes. That’s pretty long and around 15 minutes longer than the previous film, which was 148 minutes. At the time, Spectre was the longest James Bond film to date.

Here are the last few films for reference:

Spectre: 148 minutes
Skyfall: 143 minutes
Quantum of Solace: 106 minutes
Casino Royale: 144 minutes

As you can see, even as runtimes have escalated in this generation of films (they used to stick around 130ish minutes, generally), this one far surpasses even them. But the ultimate question here is whether or not the movie justifies this runtime.

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Well, this is going to be Daniel Craig’s swan song, and given that he’s the only Bond to have a continuing overarching plotline, it makes sense that it’ll culminate.

“No Time to Die is a culmination of all that Bond has become,” director Cary Joji Fukunaga said in a new behind the scenes video. “With all that he’s seen, the trauma, the loss, what is that mission that would be his most challenging and most difficult? That was our target. We aimed to do something extraordinary with this one…everything that was left unsaid will finally be said. This will be the final chapter for Daniel Craig.”

So, unlike every other Bond, this won’t just be a standalone story that builds on what came before. It will also be one that actually challenges the character in every way imaginable. At least that’s their overall goal, from the sound of it. You can’t say they aren’t ambitious, that’s for sure. Whether or not it justifies a 163-minute runtime…well, that’s for us to decide later.

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Joseph Jammer Medina

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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