Daniel Craig's retirement as James Bond is delayed

The premiere of Daniel Craig's latest installment as James Bond, No Time to Die, is postponed for next year

The film, starring Daniel Craig in his last appearance as the agent licensed to kill James Bond, is expected to hit theaters on April 2, 2021, a year later than initially planned. Interestingly, No Time to Die is now scheduled to premiere on the same weekend as the Fast & Furious sequel, F9. Universal, the studio behind the franchise, is also distributing the Bond film internationally.

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In March, No Time to Die was one of the first blockbusters of the year to change its release date before the global health crisis caused by the coronavirus could even be classified as a pandemic. After its first delay, the film was scheduled to open in the UK and Spain on November 12 and in North America on November 20.

“MGM, Universal and Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced yesterday that the premiere of No Time to Die, the 25th film in the James Bond series, would be delayed until April 2 for its premiere in cinemas, ”the filmmakers said in a statement. "We understand that the delay will be disappointing for our fans, but now we look forward to sharing No Time to Die next year."

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Many movies toyed with the change in release date in the wake of Tenet's lackluster US box office performance in September. But industry insiders suggested that No Time To Die's release date might be disregarded because the Bond franchise relies heavily on international ticket sales, and theaters abroad have seen a greater return to the movies. cinemas compared to the United States. However, the decision to move the next Bond installment into next year is not entirely surprising considering that coronavirus cases in Europe have started to rise again and New York and Los Angeles, the two largest US markets. , remain closed.

Without Time to Die has a production budget of more than 200 million dollars and its promotion another as many million more. The studio reportedly lost millions when it delayed the film in early 2020. Given Bond's global appeal, the sequel's backers wanted to wait until audiences around the world felt safe to return to theaters to have the opportunity to make a profit.

The delay is another big blow to theaters. Without the latest Bond installment, Pixar's Soul on November 20 is the next big movie slated for its theatrical release. However, there are rumors that Disney will move the animated adventure and possibly repeat the same formula as with Mulan, with a premium premiere on Disney Plus. Two Warner Bros titles, Wonder Woman 1984 and Dune, are still holding their December release, though there's a chance they might be postponed again as well.

Cary Joji Fukunaga directed No Time to Die, with Rami Malek as Bond's adversary, Safin, Léa Seydoux returns as Bond's love interest, and Lashana Lynch plays new agent 007. The cast also includes Ana de Armas, Ben Whishaw. and Christoph Waltz.

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