Bond can’t catch a break in this pandemic, with No Time to Die being delayed again by distributors. The 25th entry in the 007 franchise has been confirmed today by MGM to have been pushed to April 2, 2021, nearly a year after it’s previously-planned, pre-COVID-19 release date. And we just got a new trailer!
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time to Die is set to be Daniel Craig’s final outing in the role, joined by the supporting cast of Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz. Rami Malek features as menacing masked villain Safin, while Ana de Armas joins as Paloma, a deadly female foil for Bond.
Since the coronavirus has ravaged the world, No Time to Die had been set for a November 2020 release, one of the earlier film postponements as the extent of the virus’ damage was only just being ascertained. It’s possible that the release of major films like Tenet and the ho-hum box office returns that followed influenced the push to next year, with Bond’s latest trot about the globe set to be a major release for MGM and international distributor Universal.
With time to spare and, truly, no time to die (going out to see films theatrically, that is) the delay makes sense. The coronavirus pandemic is ravaging movie theaters, pushing their financial endurance to the brink. Here’s hoping that we’ll all be able to safely enjoy No Time to Die on a big screen next April.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter