For the fourth time it says: Film start postponed. The new 007 thriller will not make it to the screen in 2020. This is bad news not only for Bond fans.
The theatrical release of the new James Bond film “No time to die” has again been postponed. As the producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced on Friday evening, the agent thriller will now not be released in six weeks, but only on April 2, 2021. The makers justified the move by saying that the film could thus be seen “by a worldwide cinema audience”. A connection with the corona virus was not explicitly mentioned, but due to the pandemic, cinemas in some countries are currently still closed or have limited capacity.
This is already the fourth postponement of “No Time to Die” (original title: “No Time To Die”). The premiere of the 25th Bond film, the last with Daniel Craig as 007, was initially postponed from October 2019 to February 2020 following a change of director. Later, the date had been postponed for another two months because the script had to be improved. After the outbreak of the coronavirus, the producers postponed the start from April to November 12, 2020, but now this date was also cancelled.
Only a few weeks ago, a second PR offensive for the film was launched with new posters, a new trailer and a podcast series. On Thursday, the music video for the title song “No Time To Die” by pop star Billie Eilish had been released. “We understand that the postponement is disappointing for our fans,” said Wilson and Broccoli in the announcement, “but we are now looking forward to sharing ‘No Time To Die’ next year. In addition to Craig, the blockbuster will feature Oscar-winning actress Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) as the villain, and Christoph Waltz.
The new James Bond movie is by no means the only movie that fans will have to wait longer than planned for. In recent weeks, the release dates for the Hollywood blockbusters “Wonder Woman 1984”, “Top Gun Maverick”, “Black Widow” and “The King’s Man” have already been rescheduled.
The Corona crisis is giving the film industry and several cinemas a hard time. Although the cinemas have largely reopened after the compulsory break, the distance rules and low viewer numbers are causing problems for German cinemas. A recent letter from the AG Kino – Gilde Deutscher Filmkunsttheater (Cinema Guild), in which operators have joined forces, stated that many theaters are only utilized to a maximum of 20 percent. Nevertheless, small cinemas and halls are often sold out – but “with attendance figures that are often below ten”.