The official James Bond Twitter page broke the news yesterday in a statement which said: “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. 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.”
Bond fans were livid, flooding to Twitter to share their reactions.
“Are you freaking kidding me?!! We waited so long and now with only weeks to go you do this? Wtf.”(sic) one said.
“Right?” a second replied. “I’m so p***ed because I was getting really excited that it was only a few weeks away.”
“This sucks man. I just had to cancel my IMAX tickets I bought on Monday. We have to wait so long to see it now!” a third tweeted.
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Meanwhile, a devastated fan simply exclaimed: “Nooooooooooooooooo.”
“I get delaying it in countries where it’s bad. But it’s silly and costly in placed it’s not cause for concern yet,” another insisted.
Some pointed to the impact the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in Asia — with China being on track to become the biggest film market in the world — would have had on No Time To Die’s performance at the box office.
“TRANSLATION: Spectre grossed 147 mil in Asia which comprised 17 per cent of its worldwide gross,” one fan replied to the announcement. “EON, MGM and Universal can’t risk losing that by opening No Time To Die now.”
“This is an idiotic move. The coronavirus although serious is not the world altering event the media is making it out to be,” another claimed.
“This decision is solely based on #China. The film could have been released in Europe and North America. China could have waited.”
“You all so realise they haven’t delayed it due to ‘public health concerns’,” another claimed. “They’ve delayed it cos they’re worried they won’t make enough money whilst everyone’s scared of corona[virus].”(sic)
“China market?” one Twitter user piped up. “It’s all about money, why don’t you release it on time in other countries and postpone it for China?”
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“Call me selfish but it’s not fair we were one month away!”
Bond fans who already pre-booked tickets to see No Time To Die when it was due to open in April will get refunds.
Some Bond aficionados took the opportunity to share humorous takes on the situation, with many making coronavirus-related puns.
One wrote: “Bond: What do you expect me to do Goldfinger — talk?
Goldfinger: No Mr Bond, I expect you to sing Happy Birthday To You twice while thoroughly washing your hands in soapy water.”
“The Man with the Golden Hand Sanitiser,” a second joked.
Other Bond fans were more supportive of the newly rescheduled release date, one saying: “Sounds like a reasonable thing to do given the circumstances.”
“At least it’s better than no film at all,” another tweeted.
James Bond: No Time To Die will be released in UK cinemas November 12, 2020.
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