Media reports coming from across the globe indicate that the release of the new James Bond film has been put back by seven months as corona virus continues to spread across the world.
It has been reported that the producers said they had moved the release of No Time To Die from April to November after “careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace”.
According to the BBC, The announcement comes days after the founders of two 007 fan sites called on the film studios to delay its release.
It will now come out in the UK on 12 November, and in the US on 25 November.
No Time To Die, which is due to be star actor Daniel Craig’s final appearance as the British secret service agent, had been due for release on 3 April.
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020. pic.twitter.com/a9h1RP5OKd
— James Bond (@007) March 4, 2020
The world premiere had been scheduled to take place on 31 March at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
“Just one person, who may not even show symptoms, could infect the rest of the audience,” wrote the founders of MI6 Confidential and The James Bond Dossier, in an open letter on Monday.
“This is not the type of publicity that anyone wants.” The letter added. At present, there is no ban on concerts or large public gatherings in the UK.
However, France has called a temporary halt to all indoor events with more than 5,000 people in attendance, while Switzerland has banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people until 15 March.
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Some film analysts have suggested the coronavirus could wipe $5bn (£3.8bn) off the global box office, with many of China’s cinemas already closed and revenues hit in South Korea and Italy.
The news comes amid increased concerns about people gathering together, but it is the first major film to change its schedule as a result.
Earlier on Wednesday, film company Sony Pictures Entertainment closed its London, Paris and Poland offices out of what it described as “an abundance of caution”.
Disney has cancelled a red carpet gala – due to have taken place on Thursday – to launch its streaming service Disney+ in the UK.
MIPTV, a gathering of the television and entertainment industries, in Cannes, France, was scrapped less than four weeks before it was due to open.
The London Book Fair was also called off on Wednesday, while the fallout from the virus has caused a number of sporting events to be scrapped, including the Chinese Grand Prix, the Ireland v Italy’s Six Nations game, and the World Athletics Indoor Championships.