Sunday, June 16, 2024

James Bond to Go Streaming? Reports Suggest “No Time to Die” Could Go to Apple TV or Netflix (With UPDATE)


“No Time to Die” may have no time left to wait for theaters to reopen.

A report on says MGM has offered Apple TV a chance to bid on the James Bond movie and get it out to audiences before it’s April 2021 release.

Frankly, at this point, this isn’t so far fetched. “No Time to Die” was set to open last April, then was postponed to November because of the pandemic. Then it was moved again to next April, a year after its planned release.

iMore says an auction is heating up, with Apple TV and Netflix offering mounds of money for the rights.

MGM is in a bind, too. They were counting on “No Time to Die” to generate gazillions. They were going to use that cash flow to give “Respect,” the Aretha Franklin movie, a big Oscar push. Now they’re in a cash crunch, and there’s been talk of moving “Respect” from its January 15, 2021 release date. With Jennifer Hudson eyeing an Oscar nomination, this would be a dreadful mistake.

And really, at this point, why not just do it, give Daniel Craig a respectful send off, and plan a new Bond movie with Idris Elba — the one that audiences want so desperately? Makes a lot of sense.


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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