James Bond Film Pushed Back Due To Coronavirus

The release of upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die has been pushed back from April to November, becoming the first Hollywood film to change it’s release date due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 25th installment in the storied spy franchise will now hit theaters in the U.K on Nov. 12 and in the U.S. on Nov. 25.

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and the final outing of Daniel Craig as 007, MGM and EON‘s No Time to Die had been due to begin rolling out internationally in early April following a March 31 world premiere in London. It was scheduled to open in North America on April 10.

Alongside Craig, No Time to Die will also star 007 returnees Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz alongside franchise newcomers Rami Malek, Ana de Armas and Lashana Lynch.

As the coronavirus first began to spread, publicity tours for the movie in China, South Korea and Japan were cancelled, and No Time To Die’s release in Hong Kong was pushed back until April 30.

Earlier this week, MGM, Universal and Eon received an open letter from the biggest Bond fan blog MI6-HQ, calling on the companies to delay the launch and “put public health above marketing release schedules.”

Aside for the concerns over audience members, the letter said the ongoing coronavirus outbreak could seriously impact the film’s box office, noting that the countries to have banned or restricted large public gatherings — including China, Italy, France, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea — contributed some 38 percent of the total global earnings for the last Bond movie, 2015’s Spectre.

The release for No Time to Die was originally scheduled for November 2019, but was pushed back to February 2020, and then to April 2020 after Director Danny Boyle’s departure.

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