It seems like a lifetime ago, but originally the latest James Bond movie was supposed to come out in October 2019. After Danny Boyle left the project due to creative differences, Cary Fukunaga was hired to direct what became No Time To Die. But after a few delays from the release date from February to April 2020, to give him more time on the project, the pandemic struck.
No Time To Die has been moved to November 2020, before the second lockdown forced a further delay to April 2021 and then to the current UK release date of September 30 (October 8 in the US).
Of course, there’s no guarantee Daniel Craig’s fifth and final James Bond film won’t be rescheduled again to 2022, which would actually be the film franchise’s 60th anniversary and then the longest 007 movie gap ever.
And following last weekend’s news that Paramount Pictures has rescheduled one of their September releases due to concerns about Delta variants in the US, might EON Productions consider another delay for Bond?
Deadline reported that Paramount removed their September 17 release for Clifford the Big Red Dog, with no new date announced.
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This was noted by James Bond fan blog The Spy Command in their No Time To Die news timeline.
They wrote: “Deadline: Hollywood is reporting that the family film Clifford the Big Red Dog has been pulled from a September 17 release due to the spread of COVID-19 from the Delta variant.
“Understandably, this raises concerns that No Time to Die’s planned release date could be changed again.
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No Time To Die Finishes What Casino Royale Started
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No Time To Die is a direct sequel to 2015’s Specter and concludes Craig’s 007-era five-movie storyline that began with Casino Royale in 2006.
In a recent interview, the incumbent Bond teased how No Time To Die would finish what started its debut.
Speak with Total movie, said the 53-year-old: “We started talking about it and I said, ‘There may be a story we need to finish here – something we started in Casino [Royale].
“’Something to do with Vesper and Spectre, and something connected in some way.’ It started to formulate. And I thought, ‘Here we go.’”
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Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson see Craig’s five-film era as “a small miniseries within the series”.
They said: “This film feels like a good bookend for Casino as its emotional evolution is getting to a point where we’ve never seen Bond before. So that’s pretty exciting.”
While Craig talked about how interesting it was to explore Bond’s emotions when 007 is such a cut off character.
The star said: “He doesn’t feel like other people because he’s a murderer.”
Craig added: “In Casino he loses the love of his life, and then the shutters go down.
“In Quantum, the flawed movie it is, it’s about revenge. And Skyfall is about M. It’s about loss. They are big themes. And I think, ‘Yes! Why not big themes?’”
And as for the themes of his grand finale, he replied: “Love and family.”
No Time To Die opens in UK cinemas on September 30, 2021.
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