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When No Time to Die James Bond tickets go on sale – and how to pay just £4.99

It was originally due to have been in cinemas on April 2, 2020 – but the release date of the 25th James Bond movie will now be 546 days later on Thursday, September 30.

The film has always been called No Time To Die, but since the first Covid death in the UK on January 30, 2020 few would have predicted then that more than 156,800 people in the UK would have passed away prior to release and with Covid-10 mentioned on their death certificate.

For 007 fans brought up on action-packed adaptations of Ian Fleming’s life-affirming novels like Dr No, You Only Live Twice and Live and Let Die, the 18-month delay to finally watch Daniel Craig’s final outing as the world’s most famous secret agent has just been one of the many agonies of the ongoing pandemic.

Birmingham’s biggest Bond fan Michael Corfield gives verdict on Spectre

Now, Bond lovers can at last book their silver-screen seats almost six years after Spectre – and look forward to engaging with their hero at the end of the month.

Tickets for No Time To Die (12A tbc / 163 mins) will go on sale online tomorrow, Monday, September 13, 2021.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time To Die – an illuminated poster at Cineworld Broad Street close to the 4DX seat-shaking screen

The film will then be showing exclusively in cinemas – forget Netflix! – from Thursday, September 30.

But how – and where – should you see it? How much can – or do – you want to pay? And which cinemas have got the best screens to see it on?

Keep reading to find out the answers to these key questions and more.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time To Die - an illuminated poster at Cineworld Broad Street close to the 4DX seat-shaking screen
Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time To Die – an illuminated poster at Cineworld Broad Street close to the 4DX seat-shaking screen

Where to see the new James Bond movie

Film fans in and around Birmingham are lucky we’ve got some of the biggest and best screens in the UK.

But you can only see a great film the first time once, so where should you go?

Whether you are looking for screen size, volume, clarity, comfort or even seats that shake with the action, there’s something for everyone in our choices below – including multiplex prices as low as £4.99 and one cinema where prices are currently as low as £3.50

The new Odeon Luxe foyer at Broadway Plaza near to Five Ways, Birmingham
The new Odeon Luxe foyer at Broadway Plaza near to Five Ways, Birmingham

Odeon Luxe Broadway Plaza

This former AMC cinema became an Odeon and then Odeon was taken over by AMC.

Back in October 2012, Skyfall opened its giant ISENSE screen as a rival to IMAX.

In June 2018, the 12 screens reopened as Odeon Luxe with all of the now reduced number of seats converted to luxury recliners with mini tables as part of the stunning £1 million redevelopment.

ISENSE was upgraded and in November 2019 was joined by the region’s first Dolby Atmos screen which delivers incredible colours, the deepest black in town and an amazing sound.

The screen’s ratio means that it gives IMAX a run for its money.

The new Odeon Luxe foyer at Broadway Plaza near to Five Ways, Birmingham
The new Odeon Luxe foyer at Broadway Plaza near to Five Ways, Birmingham

Standard screen ticket prices for Odeon Luxe are from £9.99 (ISENSE £15.50, Dolby £16).

MyLIMITLESS passes for over 16s are available on a reduced three-month mininum term for £9.99 / month until September 30. With this kind of membership you can see films as often as you like and get ten per cent discount off selected food and drink.

Premium screens will carry a supplement and membership fees will be £12.99 / month after September 30.

Join MyODEON for free and you become an Odeon member. You can pay less on selected film screenings from Tuesday to Sunday and all-day on Member Mondays – prices from £6, but they might not apply in the first weeks of Bond.

Parking can be validated for your first three hours at Odeon Broadway Plaza.

The first Odeon cinema was opened in Birmingham on August 4, 1930 by the pioneering Oscar Deutsch after 1 9th-century city scientist Alexander Parkes had created a pathway to celluloid by inventing plastic.

Empire Great Park with IMAX screen
Empire Great Park with IMAX screen

IMAX

There are three IMAX screens across the wider Birmingham area.

Cineworld has two IMAX screens – one inside the 12-screen Broad Street (used to premiere Skyfall in 2012) with the other at the 11-screen Resorts World NEC site, which opened with the premiere of the last 007 film, Spectre, in October, 2015 when Jasper Carrott gave us his verdict from his VIP seat.

The third IMAX screen – which opened with Jurassic World in June 2015 – is at Empire Great Park

All three IMAX cinemas offer a guaranteed sound and picture quality to immerse you into the action.

Cineworld is currently offering its Unlimited Cinema pass for £9.99 a month with a three-month trial (join by October 31 to start and cancel at any time after three months – in-cinema food and drink prices fall 25 per cent when you renew after 12 months.

Unlimited Card holders pay supplements for IMAX, 4DX etc.

Standard screen ticket prices on Broad Street are currently £9.99 per movie (£8.99 for My Cineworld Plus members).

IMAX prices are currently £14.69 (£13.22 My Cineworld Plus) for Shang-Chi showing there this week.

Parking can be validated for three hours at Cineworld Broad Street, but do note the site is just inside the Clean Air Zone (£8 daily charge for non-exempt, older vehicles).

The Cineworld Resorts World NEC IMAX price is £17.69 (£15.92 My Cineworld Plus) or it’s £12.99 (£11.69) for the site’s standard screens. Parking can be validated.

Empire Great Park adult prices are usually £14.25 for IMAX or it’s £9.25 for standard screens. Free parking.

The new Land Rover Defender in action in the new James Bond film No Time To Die
The new Land Rover Defender in action in the new James Bond film No Time To Die

4DX

If you want to literally be shaken and stirred, as well as left feeling that bullets are whizzing past your ears and that it could even be raining, then it has to be Cineworld 4DX on Broad Street ( opened with Doctor Strange in October 2016 ) or Wolverhampton’s Bentley Bridge Park site (free parking).

Cineworld Broad Street 4DX screenings of Shang-Chi in 3D are currently £16.19 (£14.57 for My Cineworld Plus members).

Scene from No Time to Die with Daniel Craig in his final outing as 007
Scene from No Time to Die with Daniel Craig in his final outing as 007

Screen X

For the widest possible perspective, head back to Wolverhampton’s Bentley Bridge Park site again to enjoy seeing parts of the film up to 270 degrees wide with the action running up each side of the auditorium which also has super-comfortable seats.

The first film it screened was Marvel’s Black Widow. It’s not yet known if Screen X will be 007 compatible.

Superscreen

The nine-screen Solihull Cineworld turned one of its theatres into a ‘ Superscreen ‘ with Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi in December 2017.

The 364-seat screen with 4K projector is in the heart of the town’s Touchwood shopping centre where parking is cheaper after 6pm.

It has a floor-to-ceiling screen and 44 amplifiers powering its Dolby Atmos sound system.

There is a similar screen at Wolverhampton Cineworld, too – adult prices £12.49 (£11.24 My Cineworld Plus).

Standard screen adult peak prices at Solihull are £9.99.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in the 25th movie, No Time To Die
Daniel Craig as James Bond in the 25th movie, No Time To Die

XPlus

Showcase Cinemas in Dudley (14 screens) and Coventry de Lux (14 screens) have one superior ‘XPlus’ Screen each.

This is a wall-to-wall screen, with ‘next-generation projection offering crystal clear definition to give the best and brightest picture along with Dolby Atmos sound’

Standard Showcase adult tickets are £9.80 (£7.30 for Insider members) or it’s £13.30 for XPlus (£10.80 Insider members).

The park outside Dudley Showcase includes a memorial to the late James Whale, the locally-born Frankenstein (1931) film director.

View from the upper seating area of the main bar / restaurant at Everyman Cinema, Mailbox
View from the upper seating area of the main bar / restaurant at Everyman Cinema, Mailbox

Sofa, so good

Everyman at the Mailbox is sofas only, with theatre capacities of 96, 91 and 141 for screens one to three respectively.

The £3 million complex with integrated restaurant/diner bar opened in February 2015 and offers a totally different experience to any of the above screens in more conventional multiplexes.

Current adult prices are £14.40.

Parking at the Maibox is by the hour with prices varying depending on time of entry (£2.60 per hour from 11am-4pm, £2.40 per hour from 4pm til midnight) but the box office offers a 15 per cent discount.

The first floor entrance to the Vue Star City multiplex
Looking up towards the first floor entrance of the Vue Star City multiplex

Stars in your eyes

Vue Star City has 25 screens and more than 5,000 seats.

The cinema has three Gold Class screens for customers aged 18 or over, with a separate lounge bar.

Since May 2018 when prices were halved even before the pandemic, standard tickets have cost from just £4.99 when booked in advance online – and with high-quality screens offers arguably the best value mix in town complete with free parking, too.

Over at Reel Quinton (a former Odeon with four screens), it’s currently £3.50 per movie but it’s not known if that will be retained for Bond.

Standard peak prices at Light Cinema Walsall are £9.95.

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Ultimate challenge…

None of the above screens will make any difference to the quality of the movie itself.

No Time To Die will have to live or die on the efforts of the cast and crew.

No silver screen format can turn a turkey into anything other than turkey.

So where will I be watching No Time To Die?

IMAX and Dolby. You only live once, so I fancy seeing it at least twice and being in double ‘0’ heaven both times.

A 2020 IMAX film poster for No Time To Die, now being released 18 months later on September 30, 2021
A 2020 IMAX film poster for No Time To Die, now being released 18 months later on September 30, 2021

What is No Time To Die about?

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, James Bond (Daniel Craig) will be pulled out of retirement by his old CIA pal Felix Leiter to locate a kidnapped scientist.

Bond then crosses paths with a new 007 (Lashana Lynch) and discovers a mysterious villain called Safin (Rami Malek).

His dastardly plan threatens the world but also has a connection with the secretive past of Bond’s former lover, Dr Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux who was also in Spectre).

The cast includes Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear and Jeffrey Wright.

The film has been kept under wraps for so long, the BBFC has not published its classification – but it is expected to be a 12A.

Daniel Craig made his 007 bow with Quantum of Solace in 2008, followed by Skyfal l (2012) and Spectre (2015).

Although No Time To Die is a celebratory 25th official film, its postponements have ruled out the chances of having another movie out in 2022 for the character’s 60th anniversary on screen.

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