No Time to Die
No Time to Die is an upcoming spy film and the twenty-fifth instalment in the James Bond series to be produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as fictional MI6 agent James Bond.It is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and written by Fukunaga, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Léa Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz reprise their roles from previous films, with Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch joining the cast.
Development of the film began and was confirmed in 2016. It will be the first film in the series to be internationally distributed by Universal Pictures, having acquired the rights following the expiration of Columbia Pictures’ contract after Spectre. In the United States, United Artists Releasing holds the rights. Universal will also release the film on home media domestically.
Danny Boyle was originally attached to direct and co-write the film with John Hodge; both left due to creative differences in August 2018. Fukunaga was announced as Boyle’s replacement a month later. The majority of the cast had signed on by April 2019. Principal photography lasted from April to October 2019.
In the early stages of the pandemic, an estimated 70,000 cinemas in China closed, and countries including Australia and the United Kingdom closed cinemas to minimise the spread of the virus. Variety said the studio had already spent $66 million on promoting the film, while The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the delay cost MGM between $30–50 million in wasted marketing costs, and estimated that the global box office losses could have exceeded $300 million had the film stayed in its April 2020 slot. In October 2020, No Time to Die was delayed again to 2 April 2021. The decision to delay the release was made when it became apparent that theatrical markets, especially in the United States, would not see full demand. After the delay was announced, the British chain Cineworld, the world’s second-largest cinema chain, closed its cinemas indefinitely.Chief executive Mooky Greidinger said the delay of No Time to Die was the “last straw” for Cineworld following a string of other film delays and cancellations. In January 2021, the film was rescheduled again, to 8 October 2021. In February 2021, an earlier release date of 30 September 2021 was announced for the United Kingdom. In August 2021, it was announced that the world premiere would be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 28 September 2021; whilst the release date in Australia was delayed from 30 September to 11 November 2021, in response to their national lockdowns.