Daniel Craig’s 007 swansong has been delayed by five months
The news that I and a lot of people have been dreading has finally become a reality. These past few days had given us hope that the latest James Bond Film ‘No Time To Die‘ was going to defy the COVID outbreak and open in November as planned. With the release of the music video for Billie Eilish’s theme song and the unveiling of the opening Gunbarrel theme earlier, we could be forgiven for holding onto the hope that 007 was going to return this year. Sadly, it was not to be. In an announcement that won’t come as a shock to many, the film has been officially delayed until April of next year.
The makers of the film, the final time Daniel Craig will play the role of Bond, have issued the following statement:
“MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of ‘No Time To Die’, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience. We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing ‘No Time To Die’ next year”
With the theatres in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco still locked down tight and the coronavirus starting to rise again around Europe, it was only a matter of time before the plug was pulled on 007 and his latest adventure. It is hardly surprising to discover the film has been pushed until next year as even though many cinemas around the globe are open for business, box office fortunes remain depressed at this time. It is only right for the makers to delay the film until the audience is feeling safer to return to the theatres once again. Also, Bond is big business overseas, and releasing it while everything is considerably uncertain wouldn’t have been a smart move.
With James Bond’s departure from 2020, all eyes now turn towards ‘Dune‘ and ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘. At the time of this writing, both films are still on track to be released in December. But I’ll stake my colors to the mast now. They won’t open this year. That much is now pretty much a given. ‘No Time To Die‘ would have been the benchmark, the test to see if it would be worthwhile to release the films this Christmas. With the removal of 007 from the release schedule of 2020, it isn’t really worthwhile considering launching them. Many of the films now lined up to debut in 2021 have been delayed by a year or slightly more and as such, delaying the release of ‘Dune‘ and ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ until next year is now going to be the smart move.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!