With the shocking release date change of “No Time to Die” because of the Coronavirus, James Bond is officially The King of November. Well, at least this James Bond.
“No Time to Die” will now open in the U.S. on November 25th, the day before Thanksgiving, instead of April 10th (just 5 weeks away). MGM raised concerns of losing tons of money at the overseas box office because of movie theater closures – and that is a point that’s difficult to argue with.
To be honest, the other day I was thinking about where this 25th 007 installment could go if it had to be moved. In looking at the calendar for the rest of 2020, the month of August actually seemed like a decent fit. This August doesn’t include too many big releases, and sticking something like “No Time” in Aug would actually force people to go to the movies that month. All the Bond fans would come out. The box office wouldn’t have hurt a bit.
Instead, “No Time” is headed to a month when it gets cold again: November. Interestingly, all four other Daniel Craig James Bond movies were released in November. “Casino Royale” opened on November 17, 2006. “Quantum of Solace” came-in quickly on November 14, 2008. “Skyfall” followed on November 9, 2012. And “Spectre” raced-in on November 6, 2015.
The distance between “Spectre” and “No Time” was already the longest – at close to four and a half years. But now it’s up to a little more than five years.
Frankly, because “Skyfall” was SO GOOD and it felt like a finale installment – and “Spectre” was SO DISAPPOINTING – maybe some regret of continuing on after “Skyfall” is finally catching up with 007 producers.
At this point, it’s no question that they’re shaken… and stirred.
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