The Gist: Summarizing a Bond plot is about as rewarding as teaching calculus to cats, and almost as convoluted, but I soldier ahead:

It opens on a wintry day in rural France, where a creep in a kabuki mask spares the life of a little French girl after killing her mother.

That little girl was Bond’s current lov-air, Spectre holdover Madeleine (Lea Seydoux), who shakes off the flashback while they’re on a vacation that makes postcards look like superfund sites.

In their hotel room sits an antique phonograph complete with a big horn on it, proving the vintage vinyl revival is way out of hand.

But, I hear you thinking, where’s the big trademark opening action sequence? Patience, friends. You’ll need to practice it, because this movie is 163 minutes long.

Although Madeleine bristles a little at the mention of her name, Bond visits the grave of his very truest true love, Vesper Lynd, where he finds a bomb that nearly takes him out,

precipitating some scuffles with bad guys, a motorcycle joyride, a chase in which Bond drives an old-school gadgetmobile with gatling guns in the headlights, etc.

No Time to Die had its long-awaited and triumphant debut in movie theaters in 2021, but now the 25th entry in the spy franchise, and Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond, can be watched at home.

In addition to Craig, No Time to Die stars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas and Christoph Waltz.

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the movie sees Bond return to the spy game when a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology emerges.