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What Does the Bond 25 Title, No Time to Die, Actually Mean?

Who has the time!?
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It's official: the new James Bond movie is titled No Time to Die. And even as someone who writes about James Bond fairly often, if you had told me this was already a 007 movie, I might have believed you.

If No Time to Die sounds like it comes from a Random James Bond Title Generator, that's because it is the eighth 007 movie to reference death, life, or killing in its title. Hey, it makes sense! Mortality is a pretty major theme of Bond movies! But it doesn't give us many clues as to what the new Bond movie will be about.

Here's what we know about the plot of the movie right now, according to the official synopsis:

In NO TIME TO DIE, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

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So how does No Time to Die fit into this plot? Here are my ideas:

-James Bond simply does not have enough hours in the day to die. Who has the time!?

-There is honestly just no good time to die, which seems to apply to most deaths.

-Having left active service, as the synopsis says, Bond actually has time to die. But he gets back into the old spy business so he does not have time to die. Gotta keep busy!

-This mysterious villain has a "dangerous new technology" that actually assigns everyone a "time to die"—that is, except for the villain himself.

-"No Time to Die" is actually an upcoming Paul McCartney song that uses the same melody as "Live and Let Die," but changes the lyrics only slightly.

-Rami Malek is a fan of not assigning a measurement to death along the succession of existence from the past to the present to the future.

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-It's really supposed to be formatted: "No, time to die."

-No Time to Die introduces the James Bond multiverse in which Pierce Brosnan's James Bond from Die Another Day and Tomorrow Never Dies come face-to-face with Daniel Craig's No Time to Die Bond.

-Consider for a second: You Only Live Twice, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day, and No Time to Die. None of these films imply immortality as much as they hint to procrastinating when it comes to death. James Bond is finally forced to confront his own mortality, upon realizing he's been putting it off for nearly six decades.

-The acronym NTTD also stands for the National Transportation Training Directors, which "is an active network of training leaders of state departments of transportation, regional and local transportation training organizations, and public, academic and private partners in training and training technology." In this film, the mysterious villain attends the NTTD's national conference and sabotages the training materials that are intended to promote workforce development, leading to widespread traffic and decreased employee work production

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-No Time to Die really means nothing and just sounds like a cool Bond-adjacent thing.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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