The release date for the new James Bond film, No Time To Die, has been bumped up a few days earlier than originally planned after experiencing a months-long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Per Deadline, MGM has announced that No Time To Die will now be occupying the release date of the Godzilla vs. King Kong, which was slated to come out on November 20th later this year. No Time To Die had been scheduled to be released on November 25th in the United States ever since it was announced on March 4th that the film would be postponed from its original release date of April 10th. However, the film has been rescheduled yet again, this time by just a few days.
When the first postponement was announced back in March, it was predicted that MGM would lose between $30-50 million as a result of the new date. However, producers indicated at the time that they were fully prepared for this financial hit, and supported the decision to reschedule the release.
"They obviously are doing the right thing by putting the public safety, world safety, first,” producer Barbara Broccoli said at the time. “How will coronavirus affect the whole world markets and affect trade in general?" producer Michael Wilson asked. "We’re just one of the people that have to work in that environment.”
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No Time To Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, will see Daniel Craig returning as James Bond for his fifth and possibly final time. The film also stars Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, and Christoph Waltz.
Coronavirus Postponement Of "No Time To Die" To Lead To $30-50M Loss
Coronavirus dishes out another hit.
Recently, MGM announced its plans to push back the debut of the forthcoming No Time To Die film all the way to November 2020 because of the coronavirus. While it was set to arrive on April 10th, the potential ramifications of the crippling epidemic caused filmmakers to rethink their release. With $4.5 million already lost on a Super Bowl ad, insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter that MGM is set to lose up to $50 million in expenses due to the delay.
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In North America, numerous theaters have already shuttered their doors due to the virus. Taking this into consideration, MGM stood to lose at least 30 percent of its projected box pull, anywhere from $300 million to $1 billion. Ultimately, the decision proved to protect the production company’s best interests.
In China, approximately 70,000 theaters have already closed down since January with no clear track toward reopening. With newfound outbreak clusters in Europe, the United Kingdom and Italy are also eyeing the possibility of theater closures moving forward.
“They obviously are doing the right thing by putting the public safety, world safety, first,” said No Time to Die producer Barbara Broccoli.
New reports suggest that No Time To Die won’t be the last in a string of big-budget films that will delay their debut to offset losses.
“It’s futile to try and predict what will happen right now and it’s something only the studios can ultimately answer,” Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com, tells CNN Business. “We’re all in a wait-and-see mode.”
Daniel Craig Provides Parody Preview Of "No Time To Die" On "SNL"
Daniel Craig served as host on Saturday Night Live and appeased Bond fans with sneak peak of “No Time To Die”.
As the spread of Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc and derail plans across the globe, it was announced that the forthcoming James Bond film, No Time To Die, is having its release postponed from April to November 2020. Public health concerns could likely lead to theatres being temporarily closed in multiple countries, which would seriously harm box office numbers and disappoint Bond fanatics. Obviously, the movie’s star, Daniel Craig, had to address this turn of events during his Saturday Night Live monologue.
Craig told the audience how the film’s producers were kind enough to allow him to air a new preview of No Time To Die during SNL. The sneak peak takes place in a casino, where James Bond enters and immediately starts fancying a fine lady. While this is usually the part in a Bond movie where the female love interest swoons over the secret agent, in this parody, he lacks any charisma. His smoothness, his propriety and his composure are totally absent. He’s a messy and unlucky gambler at a chaotic Craps table.
Also on SNL last night, The Weeknd premiered a new song titled “Scared To Live” off his upcoming album After Hours. He also performed the previously-released single, “Blinding Lights”.
James Bond Producer Explains Why 007 Has To Be Male
We won’t be seeing a Jane Bond any time soon.
With Daniel Craig stepping down from his role as James Bond, producers are searching for someone to take his place. While no one has been chosen, producer Barbara Broccoli says the role will definitely be given to a man.
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“He can be of any color, but he is male,” Broccoli said, according to IndieWire. “I believe we should be creating new characters for women—strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”
Eva Green, who played Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, has expressed similar sentiments in the past: “I’m for women, but I really think James Bond should remain a man. It doesn’t make sense for him to be a woman. Women can play different types of characters, be in action movies and be superheroes, but James Bond should always be a man and not be Jane Bond. There is history with the character that should continue. He should be played by a man.”
Rachel Weisz, who is married to Craig, has also agreed: “Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.”
The newest Bond film, No Time to Die, is set to release on April 10, 2020.
Harry Styles Is Open To Playing James Bond After Daniel Craig
Harry Styles throws his hat into the ring
Daniel Craig has helmed the role of James Bond for 13 years now, having made his debut in 2006’s Casino Royale, but recently, he’s announced the upcoming No Time to Die will be his last appearance as agent 007. As for who will handle the role afterward, it’s is still up in the air. Fans have suggested Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and more, but now Harry Styles claims he wants in.
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“Yeah, I mean, who wouldn’t [want to be Bond]?” Styles told Hits Radio this week. “I grew up watching those. You know, I loved him when I was a kid. So I think it’s kind of everyone’s dream a little bit, right?”
While Styles is best known for his musical career, he’s shown he has serious talent as an actor. He received ample praise for his role in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Lee Smith, the editor of both Dunkirk and Spectre, commented on Styles as Bond back in 2018 saying, “Harry could do it. If they wanted a younger Bond then why not? He has got it,” he said. “Harry is really good and he can go all the way. He is an exceptional talent and a complete natural on camera. You would have thought you were dealing with a guy with many years of experience. You would never know that [Dunkirk] was his first film. I didn’t know who Harry was.”
James Bond "No Time to Die" Poster Drops Online
Bond is back
James Bond is headed back to theaters next year. Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond is set to be a thrill ride directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. The film is highly anticipated after Skyfall and Spectre did well at the box office. The new Bond film, entitled No Time To Die, will also star Oscar winner Rami Malek and Léa Seydoux. A poster for the film arrived on Sunday, and it keeps things classy and simple.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the synopsis of the film is as follows: "In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology." Early footage of the film was shown in June in an effort to stifle negative press that came from a controlled explosion that went wrong at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. There was also an incident involving a 49-year-old man charged with hiding a camera in a women's bathroom at the studio. To top things off, Craig also injured his ankle during production, which required surgery.
Lashana Lynch To Portray The New 007 In Upcoming Bond Film: Reports
Lashana Lynch makes proper history.
According to new reports, the Idris Elba theory has fallen flat as the new 007 agent set to replace the image once portrayed by Daniel Craig is actually a black woman, specifically British actress Lashana Lynch.
“There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says ‘Come in 007’,” an insider tells the Daily Mail. “And in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman. It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.”
The Mail goes on to clarify, however, that Lynch is not shaking up the entire Bond storyline as she portrays the agent who adopts the codename that James Bond gives up after his departure from MI6.
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As it turns out, Bond 25 won’t be without Craig after all as it takes place in Jamaica where the now-retired Bond resides, that is until his retirement is disrupted when M–played by Ralph Fiennes–calls Bond in on another international crisis.
“Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning,” the insider details, adding that the label of “Bond Girls” is now forbidden. “We were all told that from now on they are to be addressed as ‘Bond Women’.”
On the interesting twist, fans have writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, of the critically-acclaimed “Killing Eve” series, to thank.
“There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not Bond is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women,” Waller-Bridge previously noted. “I think that’s b******s. I think he’s absolutely relevant now. [The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.
Grace Jones Reportedly Walks Off "Bond" Set Due To Insignificant Amount Of Lines
She’s a diva.
The upcoming James Bond film just can’t seem to catch a break. First, the lead star Daniel Craig injured his ankle putting production on pause, then there was a minor explosion on set followed by an upset crew who were disappointed with the director, Cary Fukunaga, who showed up hours late to set after a video game session.
The Sun now reports that one of the movie’s characters, Grace Jones, walked off set because she didn’t have enough lines in the film.
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“Grace’s 007 homecoming was meant to be a real crowd-pleasing moment. Bosses were really excited about landing her,” sources tell the publication. “Of course, she comes with a reputation, so they organized premium accommodation and rolled out the red carpet on set to make her feel welcome. But it turns out Grace was expecting to play a bigger role in the movie and took her brief cameo as a slight.”
Grace is no rookie when it comes to Bond films as she starred in 1985’s A View To A Kill as the villain May Day. Clearly, she expected more of a role and only time will tell if the script gets re-written to give her more of a starring position or if she’s out for good.
"James Bond 25" Hits Another Setback As Director Skips Work To Play Video Games
“James Bond 25” isn’t off to the best start.
The filming for the upcoming James Bond film has hit a couple of road blocks since shooting began in Jamaica at the top of May. First, the film’s lead Daniel Craig injured his ankle during a running scene which halted the film’s production while he underwent emergency surgery. Then there was an explosion on set that didn’t result in any injuries (thankfully) but definitely cut back on some shooting time.
The Sun now reports that even more setbacks are taking place on set since the director Cary Fukunaga showed up hours late, ultimately forcing everyone to work overtime on Father‘s Day weekend. According to the publication, Cary was late due to an intense video game session, something that didn’t help his case.
“There is real mutiny right now on the set. It’s bad enough that Cary was so late for filming and held everyone up, but then for the crew to be asked to work extra hours to cover it was just the final straw,” a source explained.
“He turned up three hours late which pissed everyone off. There was a big bust up because they’re so behind. Many said they were not willing to give up their Father’s Day in return for this film. It’s just doomed.”
We can only hope things get back on track when it comes to filming so the anticipated movie will hit theaters on time in 2020.
Daniel Craig Is Back In Action In New "James Bond" Teaser
The "James Bond 25" hype train has commenced.
Has Daniel Craig solidified himself as the definitive James Bond? With four films under his belt and a fifth on the way, many have come to view Craig as the preferred face of the long-running franchise, a title that once belonged to actor Sean Connery. Of course, Craig's position in the Bond hierarchy is certainly debatable, but few can deny his impact in bringing a notable ruggedness to the oft-debonnaire and refined 007. Now, with his fifth turn as James Bond currently in the production stages, a new teaser has surfaced to kick off the hype-train.
The brief clip finds Craig once again stepping into the signature getup, partaking in the classic Bond opening sequence. The iconic visual is enough to spark waves of nostalgia, and many are hoping the upcoming film rectifies some of the missteps in Spectre. We won't have to wait much longer to find out, with Bond 25 set to arrive in April 2020.
Check out the clip now, and sound off below. Are you excited to see another James Bond film with Daniel Craig in the titular role? And more importantly, where do you rank him within the greater hierarchy of bygone Bonds?