No Time to Die, the 25th official James Bond movie, is leaving its November 20 release date and jumping to April 2, 2021.
According to Deadline, MGM issued a statement saying, “MGM, Universal and Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today announced the release of No Time To Die, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience. We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing No Time to Die next year.”
No Time to Die was originally supposed to come out last April, and was one of the first major blockbusters to shift its release date as the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the world. Ironically, it’s now the last to move again, with the picture staying put until now in its November berth as others — including Black Widow, Candyman and Wonder Woman 1984 shifted to even later in 2020 or into 2021 as the theatrical business showed few signs of a robust fall comeback.
The decision to move the film may reflect not just the continuing crisis in North America, where the virus is surging in 27 states and theaters remain closed in New York and California, but a new wave of infections in the U.K. and Europe as well. Bond films make the bulk of their money overseas. While box office business is said to be back to nearly normal in the world’s second largest market, China, that would not be enough to offset tepid returns here and on the European continent.