James Bond movie No Time To Die delayed again by pandemic

Brenda Watkins
January 23, 2021

Daniel Craig can not say goodbye, yet, as his scheduled last film on the James Bond franchise has pushed back its release date again.

No Time to Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, was originally scheduled to bow out in April past year but the release was pushed to November and then to April 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic. It was then delayed again to April 2, 2021. That's where it say for a while until today's news.

Bond flick "No Time to Die" has once again been pushed back.

James Bond actor Sean Connery passed away at 60, former Bond girl Tanya Roberts ("A View to a Kill") died at the age of 65, and we found out actress Lashana Lynch would be the next 007 (temporarily in "No Time To Die").

MGM is handling No Time to Die domestically via United Artists Releasing, while Universal has worldwide distribution duties.

The announcement comes after various reports claimed that the production giant might be forced to make the unfortunate decision of delaying the release date due to the closures of movie theaters in major markets across the globe.

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November came and it was all looking good for Bond, with an official podcast for the new film releasing its first episode. And MGM says it will now slip again, to October 8, a year and a half past the film's first scheduled premiere. Connery's casting as 007 was announced on November 3 1961, and five years, seven months and nine days later, he was walking the red carpet at the premiere of You Only Live Twice.

An MGM spokesperson informed Variety that the company never planned to offer the film to streaming sites for a $600 million one-year licensing deal.

It will deliver a satisfying ending for Craig's Bond, according to producer Barbara Broccoli.

Chowdhury acknowledged: "Bond fans around the world are sighing wearily as their patience and faith are tested".

No Time To Die is now scheduled to hit US theaters on October 8, 2021.

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