James Bond release date: When will No Time to Die be released? ‘Another delay?’
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James Bond has taken down the bad guys and won the girl 24 times in our cinematic history. Fans have been eagerly awaiting his 25th adventure, only for coronavirus to delay it time and again. It is supposed to be hitting cinemas on April 2 – but will it be delayed again in 2021?
At the moment, nothing has been confirmed by MGM or Eon, or anyone involved with James Bond about the release date.
This means, at time of writing, the release date is still April 2, 2021.
However, there have been rumblings from a number of sources about the film’s release date being moved to the autumn, with some reporting they have been told the movie could hit cinemas in November.
The first place to report on this was BN DeStem, who said Dutch movie exhibitor Carlo Lambregts had revealed the movie was moving from April to late November, or so he had been told.
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After that, movie site Deadline reported they had heard from promotional partners to expect another delay to the autumn, but were less specific on the possible new date.
While the production companies involved with the film have not commented on the reports, many news outlets have suggested this is the likely result of years of planning for the movie, as coronavirus and decreases in cinema ticket sales continue to plague the industry.
Variety, another entertainment site, spoke about how movies like No Time to Die cannot turn to video-on-demand releases like their mid-budget movie comrades, as their larger expenditure relies on vast box office sales.
For No Time to Die in particular, which has a budget of $250million (£182.8million,) it would struggle to make back its budget with a streaming service model, unless the producer struck a pretty major deal with a distributor.
Variety’s Rebecca Rubin explained: “Both F9 [Fast and Furious 9] and No Time to Die are reliant on worldwide grosses, particularly in Asia where action franchises are especially popular.
“Since their respective studios sink a dizzying number of marketing dollars into global promotional efforts, the companies will have to make a decision by the end of January to avoid dropping unnecessary expenses.
“Should those titles get postponed again, studios may eye the holiday 2021 corridor in hopes of steering away from the COVID-19 crisis once and for all.”
At the moment, the odds are on for No Time to Die to be delayed, with punters heading to the bookies to make bets.
According to Ladbrokes, odds are at 1/5 for No Time to Die to be delayed, and the bookmakers say fans are also betting on the next Bond after Daniel Craig.
Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Unfortunately for Bond fans it looks like they’re going to have to wait even longer for the hotly anticipated release of No Time To Die.
“However, on the plus side, it’s longer for Daniel Craig to stay as 007 and for Bond bosses to mull over his replacement, which at the moment punters would love to see go to Bridgerton’s Rege-Jean Page.”
Rege-Jean is currently at 5/1 odds, while Tom Hardy and James Norton are at the top of the ranking with 2/1 odds.
Idris Elba is currently sitting at 6/1 along with Outlander star Sam Heughan, while Bodyguard’s Richard Madden is at 10/1.
Bond, while it has still not hit cinemas, is still providing a lot of interest for its fans regardless of the delay.
At present, No Time to Die will be released on April 2, but Express.co.uk will update this story as things change.
*Odds right as of January 13
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