James Bond: How Daniel Craig’s No Time To Die ripped off Avengers Endgame
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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR NO TIME TO DIE AND AVENGERS ENDGAME. After almost two years of delays, Daniel Craig’s fifth and final James Bond movie has finally hit UK cinemas. But did you notice how the plot ripped off Avengers Endgame in a number of ways?
It’s unavoidable in modern blockbusters for certain story tropes not to match each other, especially for narrative arcs of grey leading characters.
So it should come as little surprise that Craig’s final outing as James Bond mirrored that of Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man in Avengers Endgame.
To start off with, both No Time To Die and the Marvel epic have a few opening scenes before a “Five Years Later” time jump.
Both Tony Stark and James Bond have moved on from their losses half a decade earlier.
For Iron Man, the Avengers were defeated by Thanos, while 007 was seemingly betrayed by his lover Madeleine Swann.
Both antiheroes, who have become more likeable and moral over their character arcs, have retired and sought solace – but have they really found it?
Five years on and they’re suddenly recruited back into the worlds they left behind by team members from their past.
Stark was convinced by Captain America, Black Widow and Ant-Man to work out a way for the Avengers to travel back in time to undo Thanos’ Snap.
While Felix Leiter sought out a retired Bond in Jamaica, asking him to help find a missing scientist in Cuba.
The reluctant franchise leads are thrust back into one more mission apiece, but this time to save a world for their five-year-old daughters.
That’s right, both Stark and Bond have had little girls since their five year time jumps in Morgan Stark and Mathilde Bond.
Enter the final acts of Avengers Endgame and No Time To Die and both Bond and Stark are left with terrible choices.
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To defeat Thanos and Safin’s plans our anti-heroes turned heroes have to die sacrificially, protecting and preserving a world for their daughters to grow up in.
Arguably, Iron Man’s death in Endgame is much more earned and satisfying than Bond’s, although you have to give it to EON Productions for having the balls to kill off 007 for the first time ever.
Of course, it’s not just No Time To Die and Avengers Endgame that follow this narrative trope though.
We also saw it with Wolverine’s death Logan, as his daughter Laura went on to live without him, but not without his legacy.
Such archetypical stories of the flawed anti-hero turned reluctant father figure who sacrificially dies for his child seem particularly resonate in Hollywood’s blockbuster storytelling at the moment.
The only problem is, when someone else has told that story so recently it makes franchise endings particularly predictable yet strangely still relatively satisfying.
But maybe that’s what we really want from popcorn cinema?
No Time To Die is out now in UK cinemas and hits US movie theatres on October 8, 2021.
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