007: No Time To Die's Premiere In China Has Been Canceled Due To Coronavirus Outbreak
Daniel Craig was supposed to appear in Beijing, but that's no longer happening.
Multiple events related to the James Bond movie No Time To Die have been canceled in China amid the Coronavirus outbreak. Deadline reports that promotional events for the movie, including premieres in Beijing and other cities, have been canceled in the wake of the virus that has already killed more than 1,600 people in China alone. [Update: The global release of No Time to Die has been delayed; it's been pushed back from April all the way to November.]
Star Daniel Craig and other members of the No Time To Die cast were reportedly set to appear at the Beijing screening and other promotional events in China, but those plans have been scrapped "because of uncertainty surrounding the evolution of the epidemic."
China is the world's second-largest movie market, following the United States, and the Coronavirus has already impacted the country's movie scene. Numerous theatres have closed indefinitely, and there is no word on when operations will resume.
The last James Bond movie, Spectre, made $84 million in China alone, which represented about 9.5 percent of its $881 million worldwide box office.
No Time To Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective). The film stars Daniel Craig as Bond, Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, and Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny. Joining them for the first time will be Rami Malek, Billy Magnussen, and Ana de Armas.
No Time To Die is expected to be Craig's final outing as 007, and it remains a mystery as to who will take over in the future. Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli says 007 will never be played by a woman as long as she's in control of the franchise.
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