No Time To Die, the 25th James Bond film, has been pushed back from its original April release date to November due to the coronavirus.
The film will now release on November 12th in the UK and November 25th in the US. It was supposed to open in North America from April 10 to March 31 with a world premiere in London. In a statement, MGM, Wagon and the executive producers said they had made the decision to delay the release "after careful consideration and thorough analysis of the global theatrical market".
Earlier this week, the studio behind the film received an open letter from bond fan blog MI6-qualitative, asking that delay is not a time to die and "put public health ahead of marketing terms." The WHO and CDC are actively warning against large public gatherings in affected countries, including China, Italy, France, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.
Currently, according to real-time data compiled from Johns Hopkins University, the deadly virus has popped up in more than 70 countries around the world, with approximately 92,000 confirmed cases and at least 3000 deaths at the time of writing. In response to the pandemic, even technology companies, from Google to Facebook, have been deleting their annual conferences and media events.
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MGM, Universal and Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and careful analysis of the global theatrical market, the release of No Time To Die will be delayed until November 2020. pic.twitter.com/a9h1RP5OKd
— James Bond (@007) MARCH 4, 2020
As she stands now, no time to die will be released for Thanksgiving in North America. We are talking about the first delay of a motion picture due to fears of the coronavirus. However, keep in mind, many previous Bond films opened in November. It's a lucrative opening weekend, after all.
No Time To Die stars Daniel Craig as 007. He sees Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz playing their roles as well. Newcomers, including actors Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch.
The latest Bond film, Spectre, premiered in 2015. For a listing of all contributions to the 007 franchise, check out our watch guide.