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James Bond 2020: When is No Time To Die’s new UK release date after coronavirus pandemic forced its delay?


No Time To Die has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic (Picture: Universal)

Today (2 April) should have seen millions of James Bond fans flock to the cinema to catch the latest 007 outing No Time To Die.

The film, the 25th outing for the secret agent, is Daniel Craig’s last outing as Bond, bringing with it a cast which includes Oscar winner Rami Malek as well as Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Lea Seydoux and Naomie Harris.

But the film – like so many others – has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic, having had its release date pushed back in the wake of the outbreak (and even if it hadn’t the closure of cinemas would have led to the film being shelved).

So just when is it now going to be released? Here’s what you need to know…

When is No Time To Die’s new release date?

No Time To Die is now set to be released in November 2020.

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It’s currently scheduled for cinema release on 12 November, assuming things have of course returned to some sense of normality by that time.

The film was one of the first major entertainment events to fall victim to the pandemic, which has led to the postponement of blockbuster films, music festivals, TV shows, sporting events and other major events in the entertainment calendar.

Producers confirmed the news in a tweet just weeks before the film was due to have its world premiere in London.

‘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,’ a tweet from the official account read.

‘The film will be released in the UK on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the US launch on November 25, 2020.’

When was the film postponed?

The film is set to be Daniel Craig’s final outing as Bond (Picture: Universal Pictures)

The postponement of No Time To Die was officially announced on 4 March – with tickets having already gone on sale for cinema screenings.

It came amid concerns raised by fans over the release date, following the cancellation of press tours to Hong Kong, China and Japan – raising concerns that people from all over the world would be flying in for the premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 31 March.

‘Just one person, who may not even show symptoms, could infect the rest of the audience,’ punters said in an open letter on the website MI6: The Home Of James Bond 007.

‘This is not the type of publicity that anyone wants.’

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