James Bond Fans Request Delayed Release of No Time To Die Due to Coronavirus
No Time To Die, which will be Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond, is currently all set to hit screens next month
Daniel Craig is ready to set the stage on fire in his last appearance as James Bond in No Time to Die, which is scheduled to release in cinemas worldwide in nearly a month’s time. The movie will see British spy 007 try to rescue a kidnapped scientist and, in the process, face off a mysterious villain who has his hands on a dangerous new technology. The movie will close the chapter for Craig as Bond after he plays the character of the fan-favourite spy for the fifth and last time. However, fans are ready to wait a little more for the release of the movie fearing the coronavirus outbreak may impede their will to go to cinemas.
Fans of the James Bond series have written a letter to the studios asking them to postpone the release of the movie because of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which disallows them to visit places with crowds. The fan website MI6-HQ posted an open letter in which it said that MGM and Universal should “put public health above marketing release schedules and the cost of canceling publicity events”. Coronavirus, which originated in China, has already seen the release of the movie in the country being pushed to April 30, while the world premier is set to take place on March 31 in London. The studio has also cancelled promotional tours in China, South Korea and Japan due to the fears of coronavirus.
The fan website has warned the studios that the current release date may see the movie fail at box office since people are afraid of the spreading of coronavirus. The fear may lead to closure of cinemas and/or people avoiding to go to cinemas, which will cause damage to the movie itself. “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,” the open letter said. “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?’”
The world premiere screening will take place in London’s Royal Albert Hall and has a capacity of around 5000. The affected countries have already banned or cautioned against public gatherings and such a gathering for the premier may cause the spread of the virus.
“Just one person, who may not even show symptoms, could infect the rest of the audience. This is not the type of publicity anyone wants,” the MI6-HQ letter stated. “The UK and US outbreaks are in their early stages, but if they follow the predictable pattern of other developed countries, the situation by late March and early April will not be conducive to the box-office.”
The letter concluded: “It’s just a movie. The health and well-being of fans around the world, and their families, is more important. We have all waited over 4 years for this film. Another few months will not damage the quality of the film and only help the box-office for Daniel Craig’s final hurrah.”
There have been more than 89,000 cases of the COVUD-19 virus globally, the majority in China, according to Reuters. Outside China, it has spread to 66 countries, with more than 8,800 cases and 130 deaths. Globally, it has killed more than 3,000 people. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists more than 90 cases across the United States, a large bulk of them patients who were repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise liner that had been quarantined in Japan.