No Time to Die has now been delayed for so long that the gap between Daniel Craig's final two James Bond films will have been longer than Sean Connery's entire original stint. In March of 2020, "No Time to Die" became the first tentpole to shift its release date amid the pandemic.
The delay is yet another effect of the pandemic, which has closed public entertainment venues around the world.
No Time To Die is the latest major release to be pushed back as Hollywood studios scramble to protect their films from certain box office doom, with cinemas remaining closed in markets around the world.
Last year, Warner Bros announced its 2021 titles - including sci-fi epic Dune and The Matrix 4 - would all adopt a similar dual release pattern, escalating tensions between Hollywood and U.S. movie theatres.
No Time to Die was originally slated for a April 2020 release, but like almost every 2020 film except for a select few, including Tenet, it was delayed. Sony had already announced that "Morbius", with Jared Leto, about the villain of the Spider-Man universe, would have its premiere changed from October this year to January 2022.
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The latest delay comes as no surprise and it was a question of when, not if.
COVID-19 has been a crux on the film industry from the very beginning. Studios have withheld some films from indoor theatrical release because of the pandemic. On Thursday it was announced the Glastonbury music festival had been cancelled for a second successive year.
It will deliver a satisfying ending for Craig's Bond, according to producer Barbara Broccoli.
The announcement was made on Friday on the official website and Twitter page of James Bond franchise. "It's a pretty epic film, I have to say". His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the Central Intelligence Agency turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with unsafe new technology.