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The release of James Bond 'No Time To Die' delayed due to Coronavirus outbreak

It has been announced the release date of the 25th edition of James Bond, No Time To Die, has been delayed to November 2020 amid growing fears the Coronavirus outbreak will impact the film’s promotion.

Rumours had been circling that the film could be affected by the recent outbreak and while some suggested health concerns may have prompted the delay it appears as though it was largely centred around box office takings.

The team behind the forthcoming James Bond made the announcement on Twitter today: “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 Hollywood Reporter suggests that film’s postponement comes after an open letter from influential James Bond fansite MI6 HQ, who called for the production company to “put public health above marketing release schedules.”

The letter also highlighted the extra restrictions on public gatherings across the most affected areas in Italy, France, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea, and the 38% of Bond’s audience that represented.

The note continued, “With a month to go before No Time to Die opens worldwide, community spread of the virus is likely to be peaking in the United States,” James Page, founder of MI6 HQ writes.

“There is a significant chance that cinemas will be closed, or their attendance severely reduced, by early April. Even if there are no legal restrictions on cinemas being open, to quote M in Skyfall, ‘How safe do you feel?’”