As the situation with the coronavirus pandemic remains fluid, it’s possible that No Time to Die, the 25th James Bond film, could be moved again. With many international markets having different economic re-opening plans in the wake of the pandemic, a source close to No Time to Die believes that longtime franchise producers Eon Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures are weighing whether it should be released at it’s current release slot, November 12th.
The anonymous source, in an interview with Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail, alluded to the most expensive film in James Bond history potentially being pushed back a full year, stating, “If it has to wait till next year then so be it.” He cited the fact that many audience members wouldn’t be comfortable seeing the picture even in November, “There are hundreds of millions of dollars involved here. Release it when audiences feel safe to return. But it’s a nerve-racking call.”
No Time to Die has already seen numerous delays related to it’s production and the coronavirus, originally being scheduled for November 2019, but postponed to April 2020 after original director Danny Boyle departed the project.
It has been a long five year wait for fans, who are eagerly awaiting a new James Bond adventure, but it looks like they are going to have to wait longer due to unforeseen circumstances. If the film is pushed again, it will tie the longest gap between Bond films since the six-year gap between Licence to Kill and GoldenEye. Hopefully, No Time to Die will be released soon and match the quality of previous Daniel Craig Bond adventures, minus Quantum of Solace.