James Bond Flick 'No Time to Die' Pushed to November Because of Coronavirus

The release of the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die has been delayed due to concerns over the impact of coronavirus. Billed as the final film to feature Daniel Craig as the British secret agent, the 25th Bond flick was previously scheduled for an April release, but will now debut in November.

Audiences in the U.K. will get their first look at No Time to Die on November 12, while U.S. fans will have to wait until November 25. The decision to push the film's release back is being characterized as "an economic" one by Deadline, and less one about the safety of attending movie theaters.

In a statement, the producers and studios behind the Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed blockbuster explained the thinking behind the postponement.

"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," read the statement, which was shared on Twitter via the official James Bond account.

With movie theaters in China closed because of the coronavirus, No Time to Die's box office earnings were likely to take a serious hit. In an open letter addressed to the studios, fans recently called for the movie's release to be delayed, per The Hollywood Reporter. The letter not only mentioned the public health issues surrounding coronavirus, but also noted that the countries currently limiting public gatherings accounted for nearly 40 percent of the worldwide box office for 2015's Spectre, the most recent Bond film.

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Daniel Craig in 'No Time to Die' MGM / SONY

No Time To Die is the first major blockbuster to get a worldwide delay due to the effects of the coronavirus. (Sonic the Hedgehog was delayed indefinitely in China because of the outbreak, but was released on schedule in most territories.) The commercial appeal of 007's films has always been global, with strong showings in European and Asian markets. And right now, the global box office is under-performing: A recent piece published by The Hollywood Reporter mentioned that some analysts are estimating a $5 billion loss for the film industry because of the coronavirus.

So far, there have been 93,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world, including more than 3,000 deaths.