The release of the new James Bond film has been delayed again. The premiere of No Time To Die had already been moved from April to November because of the pandemic. The film has now been further delayed until October 2021 “in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience”, a statement on the film’s website said.
“We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing No Time To Die next year.”
The sci-fi epic, which cost approximately $200m to make, has so far made $243 million internationally, but only $41m in the US – where cinemas in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco largely remain closed.
A significant part of Bond film earnings come from the UK and European market, where coronavirus is once again on the rise and there may be been concern by the studio that potential restrictions could limit box office earnings in November.
The previous Bond film, 2015’s Spectre, took almost $900m (£690m) at worldwide box offices – winning an Oscar for best original song. The latest film will no longer be in contention for the 2021 Oscars under current guidelines.
Just weeks before the release of the new James bond film back in March, Ana de Armas and her fellow Bond co-stars were gearing up for the film’s huge premiere at London’s grandiose Royal Albert Hall. A bigger celebration than usual was planned: this was, after all, Bond’s 25th outing and Daniel Craig’s swansong from a role he’s held for the last fourteen years.
Of course, the premiere didn’t happen. No Time to Die was one of the first cinematic casualties of the pandemic, its release pushed back to November as coronavirus brought chaos to the world. Now, just weeks away from its new release date, de Armas is thrilled that it’s finally time to unveil Bond 25 to the world.
“I feel like I’ve been talking about Bond for so very long now!” de Armas smiles, remembering the very first round of interviews she did about her upcoming role as CIA agent Paloma almost eighteen-months ago. “It’s been such a long time coming but finally, the theaters are starting to re-open and the world can finally see it. I’m looking forward to the moment and I’m really hoping… we also get a chance to celebrate after all the hard work,” she says, leaning into the webcam, demonstrably crossing her index and middle finger on both hands. (continue reading the article here)