Once again, the release date of James Bond’s latest cinematic outing, ‘No Time To Die’, has been delayed. The franchise has announced a new release date. Keep reading to find out more.
Back in 2006, Layer Cake star Daniel Craig took over the role of iconic super-spy James Bond, and since that edgy origin story, throughout the disappointing ‘Quantum of Solace’, the return to ‘Skyfall’, and 2015’s most recent Bond movie ‘Spectre’, the actor has reinvented 007 for a 21st-century audience.
- ‘No Time To Die’ to be delayed again?
- ‘No Time To Die’ release date
After the actor’s fifth film in the role, ‘No Time To Die’, Craig’s darker, Bourne-influenced Bond was set to retire, but the release date of the film was repeatedly delayed, first due to problems with the franchise rights and later due to the ongoing global COVID pandemic. However, while the third delay of the release date of ‘No Time To Die’ may seem like bad news for Bond fans, despite the obvious frustration that Bond lovers may feel, this could actually be a great development for the series more broadly.
‘No Time To Die’ to be delayed again?
Due to the pandemic, studio MGM reported that the much-delayed James Bond movie ‘No Time To Die’ will be postponed again. The wait has been extended until October 2021 to see 007 back in action for what may be Daniel Craig’s final mission. The release of the British spy saga’s 25th instalment has already been pushed back a number of times. It was initially set for a London premiere last March but was pushed back to November due to the global spread of Covid-19.
With coronavirus still sweeping the globe and thousands of cinemas shut down again due to lockdowns, the release dates of the film next April 2021 have now also been abandoned.
‘No Time To Die’ release date
The 25th film in the James Bond series ‘No Time To Die’, which was previously scheduled for release on April 2, 2021, will now be released on October 8, 2021, worldwide, MGM said in a statement to AFP.
It is believed that the film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga will be Craig’s last outing as the gentle British spy after appearing in four previous films. It sees Bond being drawn out of retirement in Jamaica by Felix Leiter, his old friend and CIA agent.
‘No Time To Die’ is just one of the dozens of major Hollywood titles that were left in limbo due to the pandemic. The studios are weighing up whether to indefinitely push back their release dates or opt for online streaming releases that deprive them of box office profits that are vital.
Produced at a rumoured cost of around $250 million, the success of the film is crucial for MGM, while the film will be distributed overseas by Universal Pictures. Warner Bros. has even gone so far as to say that all of its 2021 films will be released on the same day in theatres and on HBO Max. (Warner Bros. and CNN share the same parent company, WarnerMedia.)
The delay of ‘No Time To Die’ is a massive disappointment for theatre owners who are desperate to get the audience back. However, moving the film to a later date is a powerful signal that it could be months before things in the movies return to normal. How badly do you want to watch the movie in theatres? Let us know in the comments below.