James Bond’s ‘No Time to Die’ release postponed amid coronavirus fears

James Bond has “No Time to Die” — and no time to deal with the fallout of a public health crisis.

MGM, Universal and Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli made the following announcement Tuesday via Twitter: “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 stalled release date comes hours after franchise fans called for the global release of “No Time to Die” to be delayed amid fears about the coronavirus outbreak, reports The Guardian.

The official premiere of the film, 52-year-old Daniel Craig’s swan song as 007, was set for March 31 at the Royal Albert Hall, with a US release date set on April 10. (The film’s China release date was previously scrapped in mid-February.)

A few popular fan sites — The James Bond Dossier, M16 Confidential and The James Bond Dossier — published a joint open letter to the film’s producers, Wilson and Broccoli, citing public health concerns about COVID-19.

“It is by no means easy to say this: the release of ‘No Time to Die’ should be postponed,” the open letter to EON, MGM and Universal reads. “It is time to put public health above marketing release schedules and the cost of cancelling publicity events. It’s just a movie.”

Bond isn’t the only event film stalled because of coronavirus concerns. Variety reported last week that Disney’s “Mulan” and Pixar’s “Onward” could also experience delayed international releases.

No studios would go on the record about responding to the crisis, the outlet reported, but privately admitted they were taking “a wait-and-see” approach as they stayed in regular contact with the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

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