The forthcoming Bond film is expected to be pushed back until autumn, after Covid-19 cases reach new peaks in the UK and the US. No Time To Die has already been delayed twice; it was originally due for release in April 2020, and then was moved to November 2020 and later to April 2021.
Deadline reports that no specific date has been disclosed yet, but given that England is in lockdown and that the US recently suffered its worst date for Covid-19 deaths, it seems that the film will definitely be delayed again. The online news site writes that those who have seen the movie, which also stars Lashana Lynch and Rami Malek, say it will be "well worth the wait".
When the film was pushed back to November, it was reported that 38 per cent of box office profits from the last Bond movie, Spectre, came from countries now affected by coronavirus. MGM will be anticipating big profits given previous 007 successes - Spectre grossed $880.6M in 2015, while Skyfall, released in 2012, was the highest Bond film of all time with $1.1 billion.
No Time to Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, is expected to be Daniel Craig’s final Bond film. His successor, although widely discussed, has not been announced. The latest name to be mooted is Bridgerton's Regé-Jean Page, who has proved a big hit in Netflix's period drama.
In other Bond-related news, Phoebe Waller-Bridge - who was enlisted to work on the No Time To Die script - has reportedly been asked to develop a 007 spin-off which will centre on his daughter training to become a spy.
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