We're going to have to wait a few months longer to see Daniel Craig's swansong as 007 as No Time To Die has moved its release date once again. Initially set to hit cinemas back in April, Bond was amongst the first big studio movies to push its release due to the pandemic. At the time, a six-month delay seemed sensible, but as the months have rolled on its clear that a global day and date release this year might not be possible. In a brief statement from the studio, it was revealed that No Time To Die will now arrive on April 2, 2021.
“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.”
Like many other titles, Bond has been delayed an entire year which will undoubtedly be disappointing to fans of the long-running franchise. Be that as it may, waiting until more cinemas globally can safely reopen, and for audiences to return in full seems like the right call in a bad situation.
Christopher Nolan's Tenet continues to be one of the only wide tentpole releases of the summer, while it will be showing in cinemas for a long time to come, it's currently sitting at a worldwide box office of just under $300 million. For a production with a budget of at least $200 million, Tenet has a long way to go before it hits breakeven. No Time To Die has a reported production budget of $250 million (before marketing costs), so a theatrical run of at least $500-$600 million is needed. Given the current climate, that seems like an unlikely outcome if the film arrived in November as planned.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time To Die promises a satisfying conclusion to the Daniel Craig era as James Bond. Also starring Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Rami Malek, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear, and Ralph Fiennes, No Time To Die will be released in cinemas on April 2, 2021.