The release of James Bond’s No Time To Die has been pushedback to November, it has been announced.
Fans had called for the next instalment in the 007 franchise to be delayed, amid coronavirus fears.
And producers have now confirmed they have decided to pushthe release back from April 2.
‘MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson andBarbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thoroughevaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIEwill be postponed until November 2020,’ it read.
‘The film will be released in the UK on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the US launch on November 25, 2020.’
However, fans were left more than a little heartbroken overthe update, as they had been (not so) patiently waiting for the spy film.
A follower replied: ‘This is sheer insanity.’
While others were a little more cautious over the news, witha Twitter user adding: ‘People will moan but it’s the right decision.
‘Hopefully there will be less of a risk then.’
The reaction may come as a surprise as some 007 fans hadpreviously urged Bond bosses to think twice about the release date followingthe outbreak of the disease.
In an open letter published on fan site MI6: The Home ofJames Bond 007, punters called on EON, MGM, and Universal to postpone thefilm’s anticipated premiere amid the outbreak.
‘It is time to put public health above marketing releaseschedules and the cost of cancelling publicity events.’
They also took a second to point out press tours to China,South Korea and Japan have already been cancelled ahead of the scheduled worldpremiere – which was due to take part on 31 March.
‘Hundreds of fans and celebrities from around the world will be flying to the UK to attend,’ the statement continued.
UK government’s coronavirus action plan
Boris Johnson has revealed the government’s battle plan to tackle coronavirus in the UK.
The key points from the announcement, made on 3 March, .are:
– If police lose ‘significant staff’ numbers to illness, they would ‘concentrate ‘on responding to serious crimes and maintaining public order’.
– In a ‘stretching scenario’, it is possible that up to one fifth of employees may be absent from work during peak weeks.
– Everyone will face increased pressures at work, as well as potentially their own illness and caring responsibilities. Supporting staff welfare ‘will be critical’ for businesses.
– The UK has stockpiles of medicines for the NHS, plus protective clothing and equipment for medical staff.
– The public can help delay the spread of the virus by washing hands with soap regularly, not spreading misinformation and relying on trusted sources. They should also ensure family vaccines are up to date and check on family, friends and neighbours. They should also check Foreign Office advice before travelling abroad and be understanding of the pressures the health service is under.
– The public will be asked to accept that ‘the advice for managing Covid-19 for most people will be self-isolation at home and simple over the counter medicines’.
– If coronavirus becomes established, there will be a focus on essential services and helping those ‘most at risk to access the right treatment’.
– During the mitigation phase, when the virus is much more widespread, ‘pressures on services and wider society may become significant and clearly noticeable’.
– The Ministry of Defence will provide support as needed, including to essential services.
– There will be increased Government communication with Parliament, the public and the media if the virus becomes more widespread.
– All Government departments to have a lead person for coronavirus.
– If the virus takes hold, social distancing strategies could include school closures, encouraging greater home working, reducing the number of large scale gatherings and closing other educational settings.
– It is possible that an outbreak or pandemic of Covid-19 could come in multiple waves.
– Non-urgent operations and other procedures could be cancelled, and hospital discharges monitored to free-up beds, with appropriate care in people’s homes.
– Hospital worker shifts could be altered and leavers or retirees called ‘back to duty’.
– Measures exist to help businesses with short-term cash flow problems.
– There is a distribution strategy for sending out key medicines and equipment to NHS and social care.
– This strain of coronavirus is new and people have a lack of immunity to it, meaning ‘Covid-19 has the potential to spread extensively’.
– Everyone is susceptible to catching the disease and thus it is ‘more likely than not that the UK will be significantly affected’.
– There could be an ‘increase in deaths arising from the outbreak, particularly among vulnerable and elderly groups’.
– While most people will suffer mild to moderate symptoms, similar to seasonal flu, some will need hospital care due to pneumonia developing.
– Young children can become infected and ‘suffer severe illness’, but overall the illness is less common in the under-20s.
‘The Royal Albert Hall capacity is above the 5,000 limitthat affected countries are banning for public gatherings.
‘Just one person, who may not even show symptoms, couldinfect the rest of the audience.
‘This is not the type of publicity anyone wants.’
Bond’s latest delay comes after the number of coronavirus cases in the UK jumped up to 87, after 36 people tested positive for the condition in the last 24 hours.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the Government’s strategy to curb the outbreak in the UK, including banning mass gatherings and encouraging people to work from home.
James Bond will be released in UK cinemas on 12 November.
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