Nomi dying would have frankly been a cop out. Plain and simple. Plus the first black female MI6 agent being almost immediately killed off? I know they probably aren't going to use the character again...but still...yes it would have been bad optics. Imagine, say Avengers Endgame ending with Tony Stark about to sacrifice himself to save the world...only for a character who was just introduced an hour or so earlier in the film to step in and die in his place just so we the audience didn't have to watch one of our heroes die. Or Spock about to step into the radiation chamber in Star Trek 2, then Lt. Savik pushing him to the side to die instead. Would the end of those films have any real impact? It would have been ludicrous and hollow. As it would have been here. And I know you were being tougne in cheek (I hope) ...but how would having any of the female characters dying improved this film? Just so we, all grown men (I think), didn't have to go through watching Bond die?