New James Bond movie release to go ahead in September

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – The new James Bond movie No Time To Die on Friday (Aug 20) set a world premiere date for late September, despite speculation in the entertainment industry that the film’s release might be delayed for a fourth time because of the coronavirus epidemic.

A posting on the official @007 Bond Twitter account said the red carpet world premiere for the Universal Pictures and MGM film would take place in London on Sept 28, ahead of the planned Sept 30 release date in British movie theatres.

It is due to be released in the United States on Oct 8.

The date for No Time To Die has been moved three times from its original April 2020 slot since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020 as movie theatres around the world closed their doors and restrictions were placed on audience capacity.

James Bond movies are among the most valuable film franchises in Hollywood, with 2015’s Spectre raking in US$880 million at the box office worldwide, while Skyfall in 2012 grossed more than US$1 billion globally.

The film, which cost an estimated US$200 million (S$270 million) to produce, marks Daniel Craig’s last outing as the British secret agent and is among the most anticipated potential blockbusters this fall.

However the Delta variant of Covid-19 has led to a rise in infections in the United States and elsewhere, raising concern about whether audiences will feel safe sitting in cinemas.

Box office receipts for recent big releases, including Black Widow and The Suicide Squad, have been disappointing as Hollywood studios have released some films on streaming platforms.

Takings at the box office for North America are running about 50 per cent behind the same period in 2019, according to Variety.

Sony’s movie studio last week delayed the release of superhero sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage by nearly a month to mid-October.

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