James Bond just can’t catch a break, can he? Once again, Bond is abandoning a release date. yes, MGM and Universal have moved the 25th 007 film, No Time to Die, from its most recent April 2nd release date. Now, the movie is scheduled to open on October 8th, as that fall month becomes a very popular destinations for tentpoles and prestige pictures alike. The flick, which is meant to be the swan song for Daniel Craig, has shifted dates repeatedly as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps theaters closed. Will this date hold? Bond fans can only hope. Fingers crossed. Read on for more…
Here’s some of the story from The Hollywood Reporter:
James Bond pic No Time To Die is once again pushing back its release amid the ongoing pandemic and widespread theater closures in many major markets across the globe.
It was set to open on April 2. Now, it is planning to hit the big screen on Oct. 8 as Hollywood faces more delays before moviegoing resumes in earnest. No Time to Die is likely to spark another wave of high-profile moves among spring and early summer movies.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the 25th installment in the iconic spy franchise returns Daniel Craig in the titular role. MGM, Eon Productions and Universal are backing the tentpole.
In early 2020, No Time to Die became the first Hollywood tentpole to become a casualty of the COVID-19 crisis when its original April 2020 release date was pushed back to November 2020 (it was subsequently pushed to April 2021).
The film — marking Daniel Craig’s final turn as 007 — also stars Bond returnees Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz, along with franchise newcomers Rami Malek, Ana de Armas and Lashana Lynch. Billie Eilish has recorded the title track.
MGM is handling No Time to Die domestically via United Artists Releasing, while Universal has international distribution duties.
Stay tuned to see if the new date holds…