No Time To Die: The Traditional Cut

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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
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Original Release Date:
2021
Original Running Time:
163
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
150
Time Cut:
13
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
This version has a much shorter pre-tite sequence (with a 'bloody' gun barrel), and in the end, Bond isn't poisoned and doesn't die.
Intention:
I thought the pre-title sequence to be way too long, and I was very impressed by the alternate ending conjured up by @variantfanedits. By shortening the pre-title scenes the movie starts to feel more like a traditional Bond film. A happy end is perfectly in line with that, so I decided to borrow @variantfanedits idea, though I cut it a bit different, with other music.
Other Sources:
- The gun barrel sequence from Spectre
- The soundtrack album of 'No Time To Die' by Hans Zimmer.
Special Thanks:
Inspirational and respectful thanks to @variantfanedits, the alternate ending being his idea.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I was always guided by the look and feel of the classic (pre-Craig) Bond films.
To shorten the pre-title sequence I moved Madeleine's flashback to a point halfway through the movie, and made a lot of (micro) cuts in the remainder of the scenes that precede the main titles.
As for scenes with Safin: he doesn't get a chance to poison Bond in this version, so I removed all references to the (creation of) the poison in the flask.
And for the alternate ending I accepted the fact that I couldn't fix some continuity problems that arose when re-using clips. But these errors didn't really bother me - I hope that goes for most of the viewers as well.
Cuts and Additions:
- Replaced gun barrel sequence with the one from 'Spectre' (as the original one doesn't feature blood)
- Skipped Madeleine's flashback (and moved it to (1), see below)
- Switched the shot of Madeleine resurfacing and the wide shot of the beach (with Bond walking to the shore). Removed Madeleine from that shot (which is now the first shot of the movie)
- Skipped the dialogue in the car (and moved it to (4), see below)
- Various (micro)cuts during the rest of the pre-title sequence up until the point when Bond discovers the Spectre note in the cemetery (see clip below)
- Deleted all exterior shots when the Aston Martin is being shot at (and also a few interior shots), thus creating a more harrowing experience and further shortening the pre-title sequence.
- Main titles now clock in at 14 minutes
- Deleted shot of Safin playing with Madeleine‘s hair just before their meeting
- Inserted very short flashes of Madeleine's flashback when a grown-up Madeleine meets Safin again and opens his box.
- (1) Inserted madeleine's complete flashback after Safin says 'They still need me', starting from the first shot of young Madeleine (deleted the preceding shots of the flashback)
- Microtrim in flashback when young Madeleine is cleaning the floor
- Scene with Safin resumes after the flashback
- A few small trims during the scene in Q’s apartment
- Deleted scene of Safin showing Madeleine the flask holding the poison and talking about Mathilde being Bond’s daughter (this will only be revealed during the first encounter between Bond and Safin). The scene resumes when Safin shows his garden to Madeleine and Mathilde.
- Skipped the shot of Bond when he enters the water in the plane with Nomi (and moved it to (3), see below)
- Skipped the shot of Bond running through a corridor before he finds Mathilde's doll (and moved it to (2), see below)
- Deleted Safin stabbing Bond with the flask during their fight
- Deleted the shot of the blood drops in the water
- Deleted Safin's monologue after the fight
- Several (micro)cuts make Bond shoot Safin right away
- Cut Bond's dialogue with Q up until the point when Q says 'The missiles have already launched.' This way, we don't see too much of Bond having difficulty with walking.
- Replaced background music with the first half of the track 'Square Escape' from the soundtrack album, starting after Bond pulls the lever.
- Replaced sound effects where necessary until the end of the movie
- Deleted all shots of Bond climbing up, talking to Madeleine and dying
- Deleted shots of crying Madeleine
- Deleted shots of M and Moneypenny
- Repeated the shot of the factory where the roof is closing and reversed it
- Repeated the top shot of the centre of Safin's garden opening and the shot of the water streaming down into the factory
- Inserted shots of Nomi and Madeleine looking up at the rockets
- (2) Inserted the shot of Bond running
- Inserted the shots of the rockets nearing the island with Mathilde looking on
- Repeated the shot of Bond climbing out of the plane and reversed it. Removed Nomi from the shot.
- Inserted shot from exploding rockets
- Repeated the shot of the plane entering the harbor and reversed it. Removed Nomi from the shot.
- Inserted shot from exploding rockets falling down (up until the point when Bond comes into view)
- (3) Inserted excerpt of shot of Bond in the plane in the water (slowed down a bit)
- Inserted first half of the wide shot of missiles hitting the island.
- (3) Inserted remainder of shot of Bond in the plane
- Start of track 'Shouldn't we get to know each other first' (from 00:50:23 on) from the soundtrack album
- Repeated the shot of the controls of the plane and reversed it.
- Repeated the shot of the plane subtracting it's wings and reversed it.
- Inserted second half of the wide shot of missiles hitting the island.
- Inserted shot of Q releasing his breath
- Repeated second half of the wide shot of the missiles hitting the island, and fade to black
- Deleted scene at M's office
- (4) Replaced the car scene featuring Madeleine and Mathilde with the car scene featuring Bond and Madeleine from the original pre-title sequence. The sound of this clip already starts (with a fade-in) at the beginning of the preceding clip (showing the blue car driving through the mountains).
- Inserted shot of Mathilde smiling to her mother in the car. Zoomed in a bit so it can't be seen that she's in the front seat.
- Start of track 'Matera' (from 39:04 to 1:04:21) from the soundtrack album during Mathilde's smile. This track segues into the Amstrong song during the end credits.
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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Genre:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2021
Original Running Time:
163
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
150
Time Cut:
13
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
This version has a much shorter pre-tite sequence (with a 'bloody' gun barrel), and in the end, Bond isn't poisoned and doesn't die.
Intention:
I thought the pre-title sequence to be way too long, and I was very impressed by the alternate ending conjured up by @variantfanedits. By shortening the pre-title scenes the movie starts to feel more like a traditional Bond film. A happy end is perfectly in line with that, so I decided to borrow @variantfanedits idea, though I cut it a bit different, with other music.
Other Sources:
- The gun barrel sequence from Spectre
- The soundtrack album of 'No Time To Die' by Hans Zimmer.
Special Thanks:
Inspirational and respectful thanks to @variantfanedits, the alternate ending being his idea.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I was always guided by the look and feel of the classic (pre-Craig) Bond films.
To shorten the pre-title sequence I moved Madeleine's flashback to a point halfway through the movie, and made a lot of (micro) cuts in the remainder of the scenes that precede the main titles.
As for scenes with Safin: he doesn't get a chance to poison Bond in this version, so I removed all references to the (creation of) the poison in the flask.
And for the alternate ending I accepted the fact that I couldn't fix some continuity problems that arose when re-using clips. But these errors didn't really bother me - I hope that goes for most of the viewers as well.
Cuts and Additions:
- Replaced gun barrel sequence with the one from 'Spectre' (as the original one doesn't feature blood)
- Skipped Madeleine's flashback (and moved it to (1), see below)
- Switched the shot of Madeleine resurfacing and the wide shot of the beach (with Bond walking to the shore). Removed Madeleine from that shot (which is now the first shot of the movie)
- Skipped the dialogue in the car (and moved it to (4), see below)
- Various (micro)cuts during the rest of the pre-title sequence up until the point when Bond discovers the Spectre note in the cemetery (see clip below)
- Deleted all exterior shots when the Aston Martin is being shot at (and also a few interior shots), thus creating a more harrowing experience and further shortening the pre-title sequence.
- Main titles now clock in at 14 minutes
- Deleted shot of Safin playing with Madeleine‘s hair just before their meeting
- Inserted very short flashes of Madeleine's flashback when a grown-up Madeleine meets Safin again and opens his box.
- (1) Inserted madeleine's complete flashback after Safin says 'They still need me', starting from the first shot of young Madeleine (deleted the preceding shots of the flashback)
- Microtrim in flashback when young Madeleine is cleaning the floor
- Scene with Safin resumes after the flashback
- A few small trims during the scene in Q’s apartment
- Deleted scene of Safin showing Madeleine the flask holding the poison and talking about Mathilde being Bond’s daughter (this will only be revealed during the first encounter between Bond and Safin). The scene resumes when Safin shows his garden to Madeleine and Mathilde.
- Skipped the shot of Bond when he enters the water in the plane with Nomi (and moved it to (3), see below)
- Skipped the shot of Bond running through a corridor before he finds Mathilde's doll (and moved it to (2), see below)
- Deleted Safin stabbing Bond with the flask during their fight
- Deleted the shot of the blood drops in the water
- Deleted Safin's monologue after the fight
- Several (micro)cuts make Bond shoot Safin right away
- Cut Bond's dialogue with Q up until the point when Q says 'The missiles have already launched.' This way, we don't see too much of Bond having difficulty with walking.
- Replaced background music with the first half of the track 'Square Escape' from the soundtrack album, starting after Bond pulls the lever.
- Replaced sound effects where necessary until the end of the movie
- Deleted all shots of Bond climbing up, talking to Madeleine and dying
- Deleted shots of crying Madeleine
- Deleted shots of M and Moneypenny
- Repeated the shot of the factory where the roof is closing and reversed it
- Repeated the top shot of the centre of Safin's garden opening and the shot of the water streaming down into the factory
- Inserted shots of Nomi and Madeleine looking up at the rockets
- (2) Inserted the shot of Bond running
- Inserted the shots of the rockets nearing the island with Mathilde looking on
- Repeated the shot of Bond climbing out of the plane and reversed it. Removed Nomi from the shot.
- Inserted shot from exploding rockets
- Repeated the shot of the plane entering the harbor and reversed it. Removed Nomi from the shot.
- Inserted shot from exploding rockets falling down (up until the point when Bond comes into view)
- (3) Inserted excerpt of shot of Bond in the plane in the water (slowed down a bit)
- Inserted first half of the wide shot of missiles hitting the island.
- (3) Inserted remainder of shot of Bond in the plane
- Start of track 'Shouldn't we get to know each other first' (from 00:50:23 on) from the soundtrack album
- Repeated the shot of the controls of the plane and reversed it.
- Repeated the shot of the plane subtracting it's wings and reversed it.
- Inserted second half of the wide shot of missiles hitting the island.
- Inserted shot of Q releasing his breath
- Repeated second half of the wide shot of the missiles hitting the island, and fade to black
- Deleted scene at M's office
- (4) Replaced the car scene featuring Madeleine and Mathilde with the car scene featuring Bond and Madeleine from the original pre-title sequence. The sound of this clip already starts (with a fade-in) at the beginning of the preceding clip (showing the blue car driving through the mountains).
- Inserted shot of Mathilde smiling to her mother in the car. Zoomed in a bit so it can't be seen that she's in the front seat.
- Start of track 'Matera' (from 39:04 to 1:04:21) from the soundtrack album during Mathilde's smile. This track segues into the Amstrong song during the end credits.
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I went to watch the original cut in theatres upon its initial release. To say the least I wasn't too happy with the inconsistent plot, phoned-in acting, and subpar writing. Some years later, ScottCrane makes an edit that fixes a VAST majority of the issues the theatrical release had. I would highly recommend this cut to anyone who wasn't sold on Craig's final outing as Bond. The editing, pace, and even the untouched scenes are significantly better to watch in this cut. I give it a solid 9/10.

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No Time To Die is a decent thriller, but a pretty lacking Bond film for several obvious reasons. This edit seeks to excise some of the original’s more egregious faux pas, with considerable success.

The two most obvious changes are to the opening and the ending. Using a gun barrel opening that contains blood looks like a small change on paper, but instantly conjures the Bond feel that the artsy fartsy original lacked. So too does the complete re-editing of the pre-credits sequence to a far more traditional action scene, with the moving of the overlong and poorly placed flashback sequence to later in the film lending it a more logical context.

The original ending is indicative of the studio and directors they’re hiring having an abject distaste for the Bond franchise and what it stands for, but the edits here again improve this immensely. Although the edits are somewhat more visible than they are in the opening sequence, the original footage is nevertheless used creatively to effectively construct a far superior ending that’s more befitting of the franchise.

The final package feels considerably more like a traditional Bond film, although there are flaws that can’t be fixed such as the weakness of the villain, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s drum-banging handprints all over the script or the sight of Daniel Craig stomping around with the suaveness of Mr Potato Head.

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I feel as though I'll be echoing quite a few of the other reviewers but this was a very fun edit to watch!

I was slightly aware of the editing in the audio arena, largely due to sounds cutting out abruptly (whether this was due to needing to cut dialogue or was just from overlaying scenes, I think stretching these moments will be helpful). Futon has a great list in the review below.

The visual editing was very good! There were one or two instances where I could tell something was missing, either due to character "teleporting" or blood or whatnot but for the majority of it I was unaware.

The narrative changes were welcome, especially moving the opening, which always felt like a horror movie to me instead of a Bond movie. Safin not managing to get a word in at the very end is a bit abrupt but if I recall the dialogue there wasn't much that could be left in really.

Overall I enjoyed watching it, and your ending was great! I wonder if you could erase the missiles coming in and replace them with smoke as the plane flies away? Great work!

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This edit significantly improves "No Time to Die" in multiple ways, most notably the ending and pacing. The way that the ending is edited is very well-done and easily the centerpiece of this edit. The one quibble that I have is that it would maybe have been better to leave in a little more of the final Bond/Safin fight scene, but that would be difficult with the available material.

The image quality is fairly good for the file size (10.6 GB), although a larger file size and higher bitrate would have been very welcome.

The weakest link of this edit is the audio editing, as there were several moments where audio cuts were noticeable due to clicks or other sounds. The visual editing is excellent.

The narrative is an improvement over the original. Bits of it are a bit thin storywise due to some of the excisions, but this probably couldn't helped.

This version is more enjoyable than the original and feels more like a proper (albeit still flawed) James Bond movie, and a decent farewell to Daniel Craig's version of the character.

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I am 58 years old and a lifelong Bond fan! The original "No Time To Die" movie ruined the whole Bond experience for me. The ending was so out of character to the spirit of Bond. The new edit saved my love of Bond. To me the movie was so well done! The editing was beautiful. I love the added parts that made it truly a Bond movie, like the opening. It had all the excitement and thrill that it should have. The very best part for me was the ending. Bond driving off with his love and daughter and the line that Bond says, "We have all the time in the world." Then the cherry on top was the closing credit song by Louis Armstrong, "We Have All the Time in the World." Which was a wonderful tribute to "His Majesty's Secret Service", the 1969 Bond movie. This new "No Time to Die" is a great ending to Daniel Craig's time a James Bond!

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