James Bond fans will need a bit more patience to see the latest Bond film on the big screen as the release of No Time To Die has been delayed. The film was originally supposed to open worldwide in April 2020 but due to the issues caused by the Coronavirus, MGM and Universal have decided to shelve those plans. The announcement was made via the official Twitter account of James Bond.
No Time To Die will now open in cinemas in late November, paving the way for Bond to make a better killing at the box-office, when the Coronavirus epidemic is finally over (hopefully). The disease thus far has caused numerous issues with major events across the globe causing delays, postponements as well as cancellations.
In the case of James Bond, the disease has already caused the cancellation of the star-studded premiere in China. MGM and Universal will also have to foot the bill of another marketing and advertising initiative following the news of the new release date. Prior to this the marketing wheels for No Time To Die have already been turning in anticipation of Agent 007’s return to the big screen.
The move though could ultimately pay off in the long run as it would likely result in a better box-office yield for the franchise. At present the Coronavirus has impacted the box-office receipts of several major blockbusters released in recent months, especially with the lucrative China market out of play for the time being thanks to efforts in trying to contain the disease.
According to a report in Deadline, the DreamWorks/Universal animated film Trolls World Tour will now occupy the April slot of No Time To Die. James Bond however will have to go up against some monster competition in November now with Warner Bros’ Godzilla vs Kong also opening within the same month.
No Time To Die marks the fifth and final outing of Daniel Craig as Agent 007. The film also serves to complete the story arc that began in 2006 with Casino Royale. Joining Craig in this latest Bond adventure are Ana de Armas, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Ralph Fiennes, Lashana Lynch and Rami Malik.