James Bond movie No Time To Die has been delayed again, but this time it’s just Australia. Due to the spread of the Delta variant, a lockdown in Sydney has been extended until the end of September, while 60 percent of the country is at home. And now Bond news site MI6 HQ has reported that Daniel Craig’s fifth and final 007 adventure will now open Down Under on November 11 instead of September 30 as in the UK.
The outlet also reported that New Zealand has been similarly affected, although The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Australia’s neighbor has not delayed No Time To Die so far.
The latter’s sources say Universal Pictures, the international distributor of the new Bond film, “could adjust certain areas as it did with F9 due to the pandemic, but emphasize that there will be no changes in core markets.”
Despite the delay in Australia, No Time To Die continues to move forward at full speed for release in the UK on September 30 and October 8 in the US.
Adding to the confidence is the news, also reported by MI6 HQ, that China has lifted its blackout on western film releases.
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The last Hollywood blockbuster to be released in China was Fast and Furious 9, while the dates for Black Widow and The Suicide Squad were yet to land.
With such restrictions reportedly lifted yesterday, Universal could reveal the release date for the major box office market very soon.
In addition, it has now been officially announced that the world premiere of No Time To Die will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on September 28, two days before the film’s UK release.
Bond producers Barbara Broccoli, Michael G Wilson, director Cary Fukanaga and of course Daniel Craig will be attending the red carpet event.
The original No Time To Die posters from April 2020
Such news should renew Bond fans’ confidence that No Time To Die will indeed be out in just over a month.
Bond 25 was originally set to hit theaters in October 2019, when Danny Boyle was added to the project with a script by John Hodge of Trainspotting.
When they left the project due to “creative differences”, the film No Time To Die was directed by Cary Fukunaga.
The direct sequel to Specter was postponed to February 2020 and then April, when it was rescheduled to November due to the initial lockdown.
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Come November 2020 and No Time To Die will be delayed again to April 2021 before arriving at the current UK release date of September 30th.
The Bond film, which was shot in 2019, is a long time coming and will complete the story of Craig’s 007 arc that began in Casino Royale in 2006.
Christoph Waltz returns as Blofeld while Rami Malek stars as the main villain Safin, who some fans suspect is actually Dr. No.
No Time To Die is slated to release in UK theaters on September 30th and US theaters on October 8th.
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