It looks like the only thing that 007 can’t defeat is an impending global outbreak of coronavirus.
No Time to Die has had its release date delayed globally due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 25th James Bond was originally set to premiere in London early next month. However, it has now been pushed back to November 12, 2020 in the U.K. and November 25, 2020 everywhere else.
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020. pic.twitter.com/a9h1RP5OKd
— James Bond (@007) March 4, 2020
The Hollywood Reporter says that Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson “drove the decision to make the dramatic move.” This makes sense. A lot of publicity tours for the movie have been cancelled due to the outbreak. Theaters have also shut down in major cities that make up a good percent of the global box office.
I understand the move, but I am disappointed that I have to wait six more months for the new Bond. It’ll be interesting to see how MGM and Eon re-market the film. Watch the first trailer to refresh your mind on what 007 will be up to this time.
There is some chatter online that another factor that could have led to Bond’s delay was that the plot involved Rami Malek’s villain releasing a biological virus. Now that’s what I call unfortunately timely.
No Time to Die is now set to hit theaters November 25, 2020.
Do you think delaying Bond was a good move? Will this hurt or improve the potential box-office?