Daniel Craig has weighed in on the decision to delay No Time to Die yet again.
The film was originally due for release in November 2019 before filming changes and concerns about the coronavirus pandemic saw it pushed back to November this year.
On Friday (October 2), Bond producers announced their decision to delay the film’s release date once again to April 2, 2021.
The news prompted UK cinema chain Cineworld to announce the temporary closure of all its cinemas, while Odeon is looking to shutter some of its venues on weekdays.
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Following backlash about the decision, Craig – who will be making his final appearance as 007 in the film – has now weighed in.
Speaking on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (October 5), the actor explained that the wish to “release the movie at the same time all around the world” led to the decision.
“This thing is just bigger than all of us,” Craig said. “We want to release the movie at the same time all around the world and this isn’t the right time.
“So fingers crossed April 2 is going to be our date.”
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Previously explaining their decision to delay the film again, a spokesperson for Bond producers said: “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of No Time to Die, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience.
“We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing No Time to Die next year.”
Movies including Dune, The Batman, The Matrix 4 and The Flash have also shifted their release dates.
No Time to Die, the 25th James Bond movie, has a new release date of April 2, 2021. All the previous Bond movies are available on DVD or Blu-ray.
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