Friday, April 19, 2024

No Time to Release: James Bond Film “No Time to Die” Moved to April 2021 A Year After Original Date– Even with Billie Eilish Video Out


Wow. It must be crazy at MGM, Universal, Annapurna and Barbara Broccoli Productions.

The James Bond film, “No Time to Die,” has been moved yet again. It’s not opening on November 20th after all. They’ve moved it to “spring 2021.” It was originally set for April 2, 2020.

The weird part of this is that this week they released a new video for the theme song by Billie Eilish as if November 20th was a go. The announcement came this afternoon, so they must have decided that COVID wasn’t going away and any shot at success in November was a goner. (The Eilish video has 6.2 million views on YouTube which is nice, but no runaway success. I don’t think anyone cares anymore.)

You’ve got to feel bad for these people. They raced to make “No Time to Die,” missed fall-winter 2019, and chose April 2020. Now they’ve had to wait an entire year to release Daniel Craig’s last adventure as Bond. What’s worse is they’ve killed the Eilish track twice now.

Imagine Craig and director Cary Joji Fukunaga and the whole cast having to do publicity in April 2021. They should start making journals to remember what happened during the shoot.

Let’s hope we see “No Time to Die” in April 2021. There are no guarantees.

Meantime, the theater owners must be going out of their minds. Little by little the 2020 fall-winter season is collapsing. It hurts them more than it does the studios or the stars.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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