Bond film 'No Time to Die' delayed again because of virus

Lashana Lynch and Daniel Craig in No Time To Die. The movie's release has been postponed to Oct 8

Producers of the forthcoming James Bond thriller say the film's release has been delayed again, until the fall of 2021, because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The delay is yet another outcome of the pandemic, which has closed public entertainment venues around the world.

This is the film's fourth delay after being initially announced for November 2019 before moving to April 2020, where it was forced to vacate due to the worldwide outbreak of the still-ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Are you disappointed with the No Time to Die release date shift?

So I guess he does have time to die? Now it's been delayed a third time, as the official 007 account tweeted that the movie will now open on October 8, 2021.

As well as Craig, 52, No Time To Die also stars Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch and Ana De Armas and is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, with a script co-written by Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

No Time To Die is the latest major release to be pushed back as Hollywood studios scramble to protect their films from certain box office doom, with cinemas remaining closed in markets around the world.

The UK Cinema Association said the decision to delay the film's release was "clearly disappointing".

Warner Bros. chose to release Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day both in theaters and streaming, on HBO Max. Now, the film will only be available on Netflix from 29 January.

According to an earlier Variety report, before delaying No Time to Die, MGM Chairman Kevin Ulrich spoke to both Netflix and Apple in "exploratory talks" about selling them the film or licensing it to them exclusively for one year. Maybe they just have to hold their nerve. Let us know in the comments below!

The previous Bond film, 2015's Spectre, took nearly $900m (£690m) at worldwide box offices.

Other blockbusters to have been delayed by the pandemic include action sequel Top Gun: Maverick and Marvel's Black Widow.



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