Published 8:38 p.m. ET Jan. 21, 2021 | Updated 9:25 p.m. ET Jan. 21, 2021
Bond’s mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected.
This is getting tiring, Mr. Bond.
The latest James Bond film, “No Time to Die” – which is Daniel Craig’s swan song as the iconic secret agent – has been delayed yet again due to ongoing COVID concerns around the globe. The film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, has been shifted from a theatrical release date of April 2 to Oct. 8.
“No Time to Die” was originally scheduled to come out in U.S. theaters April 10, 2020, but became the first of many high-profile films last year – a list that also included Marvel’s “Black Widow” and Universal’s “F9” – to be delayed: In 007’s case to Nov. 25, 2020, before it was then moved to this year in October.
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A slew of Sony movies also were pushed on Thursday. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” a high-profile revisiting of the 1980s comedy-horror franchise, is moving from June 11 to Nov. 11; “Cinderella” with Camila Cabello has been delayed from Feb. 5 to July 16; the family-friendly sequel “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” is shifting from April 2 to June 11; and the Tom Holland adventure “Uncharted,” based on the video game, is moving to Feb. 11, 2022, from its July 16 date.
During an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in the fall, Craig commented on the “No Time to Delay” delay, saying, “this thing is just bigger than all of us.”
“We just want people to go and see this movie in the right way, in a safe way,” he said. “Cinemas all around the world are closed at the moment. We want to release the movie at the same time all around the world, and this isn’t the right time.”
NO TIME TO DIE 8 October 2021 pic.twitter.com/HZlNG5kz8t
— James Bond (@007) January 22, 2021
The original delay also postponed a world premiere gala at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Bond premieres have previously featured members of the Britain’s royal family meeting the cast before showing the film to a star-studded crowd of 5,000. There’s been no update of when or where a 2021 premiere will occur.
“No Time to Die,” which features a theme song by Grammy-winning singer Billie Eilish, stars returning 007 cast members Jeffrey Wright, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes. Newcomers include Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch and Rami Malek, who plays supervillain Safin.
Contributing: Bryan Alexander
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