James Bond has a license to kill, but the secret agent is apparently no match for the coronavirus.
Producers of the upcoming Bond film No Time To Die said Wednesday the thriller’s release date is being pushed from April to November amid concerns about the global outbreak’s impact on movie attendance.
“After careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of No Time To Die will be postponed until November 2020,” the film’s official Twitter account said.
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
Coronavirus has caused more than 3,000 deaths globally, and 11 here in the U.S.
No Time To Die is the first major studio film to move its release date because of the global outbreak. The film had been scheduled for release in North America on April 10, and will now arrive in U.S. theaters on Nov. 25.
The movie is the 25th installment in the franchise and will be star Daniel Craig’s last appearance as Bond. This latest entry in the popular spy series finds a retired Bond relaxing in Jamaica when his old friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) from the CIA shows up asking for help, leading to new adventures and new threats.
Joining Craig and Wright are Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, and Ralph Fiennes. New cast members includes Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah.