What critics think of Daniel Craig’s latest Bond movie

Daniel Craig stars in “No Time To Die,” the latest James Bond movie.

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After 18 months of waiting, the latest installment in the James Bond saga finally hits theaters.

A swan song for actor Daniel Craig, who has played 007 since 2006’s “Casino Royale,” “No Time to Die” debuts in the UK on Friday before its US premiere on October 8.

Bond’s 25th movie isn’t perfect, but the explosive stunt sequences and a magnetic performance from Craig are enough to get past a complicated plot and lengthy length, critics say.

Years after apprehending Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), the main antagonist of 2015’s “Specter,” James Bond retired and leads a quiet life in Jamaica. When a former CIA agent asks him for help with one last job, Bond is confronted by the sinister Safin (Rami Malek) and the woman he once loved, Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux).

“No Time to Die” currently has a “fresh” rating of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes from 138 reviews.

Here’s what the critics of Craig’s latest James Bond movie thought ahead of its UK release:

AO Scott, The New York Times

Daniel Craig plays James Bond in “No Time To Die.”

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Nicholas Barber, BBC

John Nugent, Empire

Daniel Craig plays James Bond in “No Time To Die.”

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Brian Tallerico, Roger Ebert

Jason Solomons, The Wrap

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