It’s the Bond film that never seems to be allowed to live on screen – and it might be getting delayed yet again after original plans had it set for release way back in 2019
James Bond fans might need a stiff martini to calm their nerves amid rumours the long-delayed film might get delayed yet again.
The 25th instalment in the hugely popular spy film franchise – titled No Time To Die – appears to be at risk of being denied the right to come alive on the big screen following almost two years of delays.
The movie was originally supposed to be released in November 2019, but saw the release date moved first because original director Danny Boyle dropped out, then because of on-set accidents and injuries, and then multiple times due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The film is finally meant to see the light of day with a release planned for the 30th September – and with a glitzy premiere at the Royal Albert Hall two days before.
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But now Hollywood industry members are speculating the film could now be delayed to 2022 in a last minute further delay to the release.
Film industry titans Variety have speculated Bond’s latest mission could be pushed back in light of fresh delays to Paramount films Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7.
The Top Gun sequel was due to be released in November this year, but has now been pushed back to May next year – while the latest Mission: Impossible film is slipping back from May 2022 to November 2022 instead.
The release changes are due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which has dented box office revenues for films releasing in 2021 – creating fears big-budget films won’t make as much if released this year amid ongoing lockdowns and delayed vaccine rollouts in some parts of the world.
Variety have speculated that the two Tom Cruise fronted films being delayed could force a last minute cancellation of this month’s planned rebased of No Time To Die.
Variety states: “The final Bond film starring Daniel Craig that hits theaters before Amazon finalizes control of MGM, No Time to Die desperately needs to turn a profit across global markets, as the situation in the U.S. is simply too dicey for domestic gross to reimburse rising expenses.
“Further delays will make getting a return on investment difficult on its $200 million (£144 million) budget, plus at least another $66 million (£47.60 million) in blown marketing costs.
“Last year, Bond’s initial postponement from April to Thanksgiving triggered a wave of similar shifts at other studios. Then in early October, MGM shifted the film again from November to 2021.”
The report continued: “MGM was largely absent from the box office recovery seen earlier in 2021. Given that the release of Top Gun would have been more than a month after No Time bowed, Paramount deciding to flee the fall without at least seeing how No Time would fare first is a troubling sign for the film, making another delay possible despite how badly that would inconvenience MGM as it looks to secure financial stability.”
While the new Bond film is due for release at the end of this month in the UK, the USA release is over a week later on 8 October.
Meanwhile, the Variety report also suggests much anticipated Marvel films including Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home could also be delayed in reaction to the Top Gun and Mission: Impossible delays.
Eternals is set for release in November, while Spider-Man is due for release at Christmas – while Marvel’s Black Widow stalled at the box office earlier this year.
Current Marvel release Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is said to be being watched by Marvel and parent company Disney as they wait to see how if performs at the Box Office this month with the result potentially influencing later Marvel releases.