2nd October 2020
The release of No Time To Die has been punted again
By MI6 Staff
'No Time To Die' has been officially delayed again, this time from November 2020 to April 2nd, 2021. The film is now on its 7th confirmed release date for the USA:
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of No Time To Die, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April 2021 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience. We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing No Time To Die next year.
The announcement comes after a week of heavy marketing, including multiple 3rd party product promotions, a music video, soundtrack listings, a DHL advertising campaign, and the launch of an official podcast. Although it may have appeared that MGM was spending a lot on marketing, most of the activity on the relaunch has been funded by licensing partnerships. MGM had just approved two new TV spots for broadcast that would have triggered a cash-spend on the film. Furthermore, Monday marks Global James Bond Day and would have attracted bad press to pull the film on or shortly afterward.
Release Date Timeline
May 25th, 2018 - Bond 25 is officially confirmed for the first time with a US release date of November 8th, 2019 (opening earlier in the UK on October 25th, 2019)
September 20th, 2018 - With Danny Boyle having left the production, Cary Fukunaga is confirmed as the new director with a new release date of February 14th, 2020. It is not confirmed if this is the US or UK date.
February 15th, 2019 - With a year to go before release, EON confirms they 'are thrilled' that the date has slipped again to April 8th, 2020 for the USA (and April 3rd for the UK).
February 19th, 2019 - Not even a week goes by without another change. This time, it's just a push of a couple of days to April 10th, 2020 for the USA.
March 4th, 2020: Coronavirus becomes a pandemic and MGM and first to move their film away from the reality of closed theatres by pushing the now-completed film to November 25th, 2020 (and two weeks earlier on November 12th for the UK).
June 13th, 2020: After IMDB leak and 'expected' release date change to the film, EON confirms the US release date has changed again, but for the first time it is being brought forward to November 20th, 2020 (the UK stays on track for November 12th). The narrowing of the gap should help fans in the USA avoid the news and reviews coming out of Europe.
October 2nd, 2020: With the second wave of COVID-19 ramping up in major theatrical markets, MGM announced that the film was pushing to April 2nd, 2021.