James Bond: No Time To Die Release Date Delayed Until 2021

The new James Bond movie's debut has been pushed back once again.

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The next James Bond movie, No Time to Die, has seen its release delayed again. No Time to Die's release date has been officially pushed back until next year, with a new date set of April 2, 2021 set for Bond's next outing. Although COVID was not specifically referenced in the brief statement, it's the clear motivation for the delay.

"MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of No Time to Die, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April 2021 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience," it was announced on Twitter. "We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing No Time to Die next year."

No Time to Die had been planned to release in just a matter of weeks--it was due out November 12 in the UK and November 20 in the US and elsewhere around the world. Previously, it was due to premiere back in April, but it was among the first wave of movies to see their releases delayed. Whereas some, such as F9, were delayed until 2021 from the start, the new Bond movie was still targeting a 2020 release. Following this latest shift, it will end up being a full-year delay for Daniel Craig's final outing as the character--assuming it's not pushed back once again.

The delay doesn't come as a major surprise given that other films have seen their releases pushed to 2021. Major films that have made it to theaters, including Tenet and X-Men: New Mutants, have not lit the box office on fire as many theaters remain closed or open with limited capacity, and many would-be theater-goers continue to avoid public gatherings. A limited number of companies, including Disney with Mulan, have opted to release their movies digitally, although most have chosen delays in the hopes of eventually debuting in theaters. Cineworld has announced plans to close all Regal theaters in the US, and Dune has now been delayed as well.

No Time to Die sees Craig return to the role of Bond once again, where he'll be joined by returning cast members Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Christoph Waltz, and Jeffrey Wright. Among the newcomers to the cast are Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, and Rami Malek, who plays the film's villain, Safin. The movie is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who is best known for his work on True Detective Season 1.

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