James Bond film release pushed back seven months due to virus

Lindsey Bahr

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The release of the James Bond film No Time To Die has been pushed back several months because of global concerns about coronavirus.

MGM, Universal and producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced on Twitter on Wednesday that the film would be pushed back from its April release to November 2020.

The announcement cited consideration of the global theatrical marketplace in the decision to delay the release of the film. No Time To Die will now hit theatres in the United Kingdom on November 12 and worldwide on November 25. The Bond films make a significant portion of their profits from international markets. The last film, Spectre, made over USD679 million from overseas theatres in 2015 with over USD84 million of that total coming from China.

Concerns had already been brewing around the imminent release and the global outbreak. And on Monday, the popular James Bond fan site MI6-HQ published an open letter to the producers urging them to delay the film’s rollout. “It is time to put public health above marketing release schedules and the cost of cancelling publicity events,” the letter said.

Actor Daniel Craig poses for the media as he arrives for the German premiere of the James Bond movie ‘Spectre’ in Berlin, Germany on October 28, 2015. PHOTO: AP