It seems that 007 fans will have to wait a little longer to see their favorite spy in action as No Time To Die will not be releasing in April.
With the growing epidemic that is the coronavirus, the producers of the Bond film have moved the release date of the highly anticipated film to November.
According to the producers, the decision was made after “careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace”. With the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the film premiere is ‘no time to die’ for fans.
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020. pic.twitter.com/a9h1RP5OKd
— James Bond (@007) March 4, 2020
“Just one person, who may not even show symptoms, could infect the rest of the audience. This is not the type of publicity that anyone wants,” wrote the founders of MI6 Confidential and The James Bond Dossier, in an open letter on Monday.
The news comes amid increased concerns about people gathering together, but it is the first major film to change its schedule as a result. Screen International deputy editor Louise Tutt told BBC News the decision was “about mitigating the financial risk”.
She said, “I think they’re doing it in anticipation of cinemas closing around the world. Most of them have already closed in China, so even if not another single cinema closed in the world they’d lose the world’s second-biggest box office [market] for what’s anticipated to be the biggest US release of the year.”
No Time To Die will now come out in the UK on 12 November, and in the US on 25 November. The film is due to be Daniel Craig’s final appearance as the British secret service agent, had been due for release on 3 April. The world premiere was scheduled to take place on 31 March at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Stay posted for more development to this story.