Daniel Craig’s fifth and final installment of the James Bond franchise continues to elude us as MGM has just announced that they will be pushing the release date of NO TIME TO DIE from April 2nd to October 8th. Given that COVID-19 has and will continue to force studios to push back the release of their films, this isn’t exactly a surprise, but we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that this will be the last move for the secret agent.
Following the possibility that No Time to Die might debut on a streaming service (with Apple reportedly making a massive offer), rumblings emerged last week that the studio would instead be pushing the film back yet again. As I said above, this wasn’t a big surprise and it didn’t take long for the studio to confirm the move. No Time to Die was originally slated to hit theaters last April, but the film wound up becoming one of the first major blockbusters to be pushed due to the pandemic, first to November 2020 and then to April 2021.
No Time to Die will continue on where Spectre left off, with James Bond having left active service to begin a new life with Dr. Swann (Léa Seydoux), but Bond is soon brought back into action when Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) comes calling to enlist his help in searching for a missing scientist. When it becomes apparent that the scientist was abducted, Bond must confront a danger the likes of which the world has never seen before in a villain (Rami Malek) armed with dangerous new technology. The film also stars Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris, Rory Kinnear, and Ralph Fiennes, with Cary Fukunaga directing from a script he co-wrote with Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. No Time to Die will now hit theaters (hopefully) on October 8, 2021.