New James Bond movie No Time To Die delayed until November amid coronavirus fears
The new James Bond movie No Time To Die has been delayed until the end of 2020.
No Time To Die was due to hit cinemas on April 2nd in the UK and in the US on April 8th, but will now be released in the UK on November 12th and in the US on November 25th.
While the statement issued by producers does not explicitly put the delay down to fears over the coronavirus, it does state that Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli made the decision after "careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace".
But, with cinemas already closed in China and Italy, and fears of more to come in other territories around the world, there's no doubt it will have played a key part in the decision.
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
No Time To Die will see Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek and Ana De Armas join the cast, while Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Christoph Waltz Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright will be returning to star.
Both Scott Z.Burns and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge have been named as writers along with director Fukunaga and long-time 007 scribes Robert Wade and Neal Purvis.
The new Bond movie's official synopsis reads as follows:
"Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology..."