No Time to Die Major Spoilers: Did James Bond Die? Ending Explained

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No Time to Die is now in theaters, and many wonder if Daniel Craig's final return as Agent 007 is worth watching. For those who want to know what to expect in the film, you're just on the right page!

Warning! MAJOR spoilers ahead.


Did James Bond Die In No Time To Die?

The title says it all-- someone died. And shockingly, it was a goodbye for Daniel Craig's James Bond because after playing the role for over a decade, his character was killed.

James Bond was shot in the back. He was mortally wounded and blew up. So, yes, there is no way that Craig's Bond would ever return in the franchise.


Bond dying in his own movie was a major twist that the audience didn't expect!

What Happened Before Agent 007's Death?

Bond and fellow 00 agent Nomi (Lashana Lynch) headed to an island between Russia and Japan to take down Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek), who takes his love interest Madeline Swann (Léa Seydoux) and her five-year-old daughter, Mathilde, hostage. Madeline swore that the little girl was not Bond's child despite being with him for five years.


Bond and Nomi invade the island taken on Safin and his army. After they rescue Madeleine and Mathilde, Nomi takes the mother and daughter to safety in a boat.

Meanwhile, Bond returns inside the base for another mission — to kill Safin and open the base's blast doors so that the British missiles can take out the base and the entire supply of Safin's weapons.

However, Safin is fast, and he shoots Bond several times. Safin also infects him with a dose of bioweapon. Bond kills Safin but knows he will not survive. So he speaks with Madeleine for the last time, and she confesses that Mathilde is their child.

He is happy with the knowledge and resigns himself to his fate. He is blown to bits when the missiles hit the island.


No Time to Die Ending Explained: Why Did Bond Embrace His Death

Why did Bond stay behind and did not find a way to survive? Safin infected Bond with nanobots that destroy the flesh and kill the target within moments upon contact. It can enter one's system without any ill effects, but when the victim comes in contact with someone that matches his DNA the virus is coded for, it will kill them instantly.

Bond asks Q (Ben Whishaw) if there is a way to prevent it. However, Q points out that the nanobots are permanently in his system, and "they're eternal." So, Bond could never get near Mathilde and Madeleine again. He doesn't want to risk infecting and killing them; that's why he decides to stay and face his death alone.


The detail about Mathilde being Bond's daughter is very significant because they share the same DNA, and he could potentially pass the nanobots to her. Mathilde could also pass it to her mom Madeleine. That's why Bond decided to stay behind not to risk the mother and daughter who mean so much to her.

Blofeld (Telly Savalas) teased about it when he said, "When [Madeleine's] secret finds its way out, it'll be the death of you."

No Time to Die is now showing in US theaters.