James Bond: Daniel Craig’s No Time To Die release date DELAYED yet again for fifth time

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It really has looked inevitable for the last few weeks. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep aggressively throughout the nation and across the globe, there was very little chance of Daniel Craig’s fifth and final James Bond movie releasing on April 2. Now No Time To Die’s release date has been pushed back to the end of the year as suspected.

During the night, the official James Bond social media accounts revealed the delay without a statement this time. Instead, a global release date, the first for a 007 movie, was shared.

The tweet simply read: “No Time To Die 8 October 2021.”

This marks the fifth delay and sixth release date for Craig’s Bond swan song; a film that was originally supposed to hit cinemas in October 2019 with Danny Boyle as director.

But when he left Bond 25 over “creative differences” Cary Fukunaga took over with a new release date of February 14, 2020, before this was pushed back to early April last year.

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Of course, when the pandemic hit, No Time To Die was the first major spring blockbuster to lead the release date evacuation back to late 2020 or even 2021.

November came and it was all looking good for Bond, with an official podcast for the new film releasing its first episode.

However, with the second lockdown looming, EON Productions, MGM and Universal Pictures made the tough decision of delaying No Time To Die once again to April 2, 2020.

And now here we are again, this time in a third national lockdown, as Craig’s final mission as 007 is pushed back to October 2021.

The question is, will this really be when No Time To Die finally releases in cinemas?

Well, there certainly is hope as countries around the world have begun vaccinating their populations.

And if the new coronavirus variants are successfully contained, hopefully, we’ll be back at the movies in the summer, although that is far from certain at this stage.

A veteran studio executive recently told The Hollywood Reporter: “I think everything substantive between now and Top Gun: Maverick in early July will move. It’s a mess.”

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Certainly, other studios are beginning to move their cinematic releases from the first half of the year.

For example, Sony have moved their Marvel movie Morbius back to October, while Ghostbusters: Afterlife has shifted from June to November.

Fast and Furious 9 and Black Widow are yet to be moved from their April and May release dates, with the latter rumoured to be in consideration for a Disney+ release.

Interestingly, MGM considered offers for No Time To Die to move to streaming, although none of the services were willing to put up the $600-850 million the studio was hoping for, with the top offer being $400 million.

Regardless, Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, who produces the Bond movies, was said to not be on board with a move to streaming.

After all, the 007 franchise is rather traditional and it currently looks like No Time To Die will only ever release in cinemas when it can.

Assuming that’s the case, it’s a nice thought that when fans finally get to see the new Bond film, it will hopefully be a time when it feels like the worst of the pandemic really is over.

No Time To Die will release in cinemas on October 8, 2021.

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