No Time to Die, the 25th Bond film, took in just $56 million dollars opening weekend.
According to Breitbart contributor John Nolte, “Despite debuting on 4,400 screens, a record for a Bond film, No Time to Die didn’t come close to the opening of its three most recent predecessors: 2015’s Spectre (70.4 million), 2012’s Skyfall ($88 million), or 2008’s Quantum of Solace ($67.5 million). The only Daniel Craig entry No Time to Die topped was his first, 2006’s Casino Royale ($40.8 million).”
Many outlets are blaming the addition of “woke” elements as the reason Bond underperformed.
“On top killjoying the very quality that makes James Bond James Bond, No Time to Die went woke. The director trashed Sean Connery’s Bond as a rapist (which only proved he knows nothing about his own franchise), the producers bragged about how No Time to Die would introduce a black woman as 007, and Q turned gay,” Nolte says.
Armond White of the National Review shared similar feelings, calling the movie “hideously woke.”
“They’ve made the Bond movies, which began as Cold War caprices, hideously woke. Bringing in TV’s Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge to apply fiendish-selfish #MeToo script-doctoring merely inhibits entertainment. She forbids sexual humor (no Pussy Galore or Xenia Onatopp), which is a serious loss to the important idea of mutual attraction. The overplotted script starts with young Madeleine’s abuse and her vengeful, gun-slinging prowess, like the little girl in Kick Ass. That means Bond enters the story as a secondary figure, a meaninglessly violent toxic male unmotivated by patriotism,” White wrote in his review.
Nolte tried to head off people who thought of blaming COVID for the weak numbers.
“Let me explain why you cannot blame the pandemic for this massive fail of this opening weekend. Just a couple of weeks ago, Venom 2 opened to $90 million on fewer screens (4,225). A few weeks before that, something called Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings opened to $75.3 million on fewer screens (4330).”
No Time to Die is Daniel Craig’s last movie in the Bond role.