No Time To Die: James Bond movie release date is delayed until November due to coronavirus

4 March 2020, 17:25 | Updated: 5 October 2020, 11:51

By Giorgina Hamilton

The new James Bond movie has been delayed by seven months due to the coronavirus crisis.

No Time To Die was due to be released in April, but has now been delayed until November.

A statement issued on the official James Bond Twitter account read: "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.James Bond."

The film will be released in the UK on November 12, 2020, and is the US on November 25, 2020.

Daniel Craig will be returning for his fifth and final James Bond movie - with the news first announced by the actor alongside producer Barbara Broccoli and director Cary Joji Fukunaga from Ian Fleming's Jamaican home back in April.

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Rami Malek has been confirmed as one of the new cast members, and although it hasn't been revealed who he will play, rumour has it he we take on the role of a villain.

"I am very much looking forward to joining the whole cast so very soon," he said in a video. "I promise you all I will be making sure Mr Bond does not have an easy ride in this, his 25th outing.

"I can't wait to see you all soon."

Rami Malek will play a new character in Bond 25 opposite Daniel Craig
Rami Malek will play a new character in Bond 25 opposite Daniel Craig. Picture: Getty

Also joining the cast in unspecified roles are Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, David Dencik, and Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch.

Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw have returned as their respective characters M - head of MI6 - and Q - Bond's MI6 colleague who outfits the agent with the latest gadgets and weapons.

There are also returns for Lea Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner) and Naomie Harris (Moneypenny).

Jeffrey Wright also makes a welcome return as Felix Leiter, who hasn't appeared since Quantum of Solace.

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Bond 25 will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, whose previous credits include HBO's True Detective.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the "Fleabag" Opening Night Party
Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the "Fleabag" Opening Night Party. Picture: Getty

Cary came on board after Danny Boyle left the director's chair last year over unspecified "creative differences."

Writers of the film have been confirmed as Killing Eve's Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who will be joining Scott Z Burns, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade who have been writing James Bond scripts since 1999.

"Bond is not on active service when we start the film, so he is actually enjoying himself in Jamaica," she said. "We consider Jamaica Bond's spiritual home. He starts his journey here. We built an extraordinary house for him. We've got quite a ride for Mr Bond and no title unfortunately."

Daniel Craig in Bond movie "Casino Royale"
Daniel Craig in Bond movie "Casino Royale" . Picture: Getty

Bond 25 has been confirmed as Daniel Craig's last outing as Ian Fleming's spy character, and bets are already in full swing for who will take over the role of 007.

Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and James Norton are all high on the list - click here to read the full breakdown of the bookies odds on who will play James Bond next.

Billie Eilish has recorded the movie's theme tune, also titled 'No Time To Die', and it has already topped the UK chart.