Bad news for Bond fans tonight, as it has been announced that we’ll have to wait even longer for Daniel Craig’s 007 swansong as No Time To Die has been pushed back once again and will now open on April 2nd 2021.
“MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of No Time To Die, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience. We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing No Time To Die next year.”
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of NO TIME TO DIE, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April 2021 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience. pic.twitter.com/NqHlU24Ho3
— James Bond (@007) October 2, 2020
No Time To Die was originally planned to open in November 2019, but was first postponed to February 2020 and then April 2020 following Danny Boyle’s departure from the director’s chair and the appointment of Cary Joji Fukunagi. The film was then one of the first to be delayed by the global health crisis – a move which apparently cost the studios around $50 million.
While disappointing, the news isn’t entirely unexpected given that cinemas are still struggling despite coming out of lockdown, with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet failing to reignite the box office and the majority of studios reacting by pushing their titles back to 2021.
Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
No Time To Die stars Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Ben Whishaw (Q), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter) and Christoph Waltz (Blofeld), while new additions include Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), Billy Magnussen (Velvet Buzzsaw), Dali Benssalah (A Faithful Man) and David Dencik (Top of the Lake).