James Bond film 'No Time to Die' postponed again by pandemic

Carla Harmon
January 23, 2021

This marks the fifth delay and sixth release date for Craig's Bond swan song; a film that was originally supposed to hit cinemas in October 2019 with Danny Boyle as director.

Variety reported that Cary Joji Fukunaga directed 'No Time to Die, ' the 25th entry in the Bond franchise and the final go-around for star Daniel Craig. "The film's release has been postponed until April 2021 in order to preserve the theatrical experience for moviegoers", the spokesperson said. The movie will now premiere on October 8, 2021. The film, which was previously scheduled for an April 2nd 2021 release, will now debut on October 8th 2021.

It appears there is still time to die.

Craig will be donning the iconic suit for the last time as he has already announced that the upcoming movie would be his last as Bond.

The latest delay comes as no surprise and it was a question of when, not if.

As well as the film industry, the wider entertainment world has been battered by the pandemic. On Thursday it was announced the Glastonbury music festival had been cancelled for a second successive year.

In addition to Craig (Casino Royale; Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre), the film will also return Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Ben Whishaw (Q), Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Jeffrey Wright (Felix) and Christoph Waltz (Blofeld).

Still, producer Barbara Broccoli pledged a satisfying ending despite multiple cancelations. Bond's new date falls just a week after the planned arrival of Denis Villeneuve's hotly awaited adaptation of Dune, which will mean an unseemly scramble for IMAX space, unless Warner Bros now obligingly gives ground. "It's a pretty epic film, I have to say".

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