Bond movie No Time To Die delayed again by pandemic

Brenda Watkins
January 22, 2021

"On the official page of the film, which had its original premiere scheduled for April 2020, the revelation of the new postponement is made with a one-sentence statement: "'No Time To Die' will be released in theatres globally in 8 October 2021 ".

The film was originally scheduled to premiere nearly a year ago on April 8, 2020, but because of the coronavirus pandemic had been moved to November 25 of last fall.

The news comes from Variety, who had speculated recently that No Time to Die would struggle to make a profit with an April release, given the climate of COVID-19-era moviegoing: As of that report, 65 percent of USA theaters remained closed, while vaccine rollout continues to progress slowly.

No Time To Die was originally slated to open in April 2020 but was pushed back to November of that year as the virus swept around the world.

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.

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A woman walks past a poster for the new James Bond movie No Time to Die, in Bangkok, on February 28, 2020.

No Time to Die was originally scheduled to bow out in April a year ago but the release was pushed to November and then to April 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the theatrical business.

If No Time To Die is indeed released in cinemas in October, it will arrive a full six years on from the release of its 2015 predecessor Spectre. Now, the film will only be available on Netflix from 29 January.

"Clearly - like the producers of the film - the U.K.'s cinema operators look forward when the time is right to ensuring that as many people as possible are able to enjoy this and other major titles on the big screen, their natural environment", it said, calling for government support for the sector. "But of course we don't know, and there may be financial reasons or imperatives that [mean] they have to put it on a streaming system".

A week later Marvel's Black Widow is due for release on April 29, with May expected to bring us the latest in the Fast & Furious franchise, titled F9.

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