A planned April premiere in Beijing and a tour of other cities in China for the new James Bond film, No Time To Die, has been cancelled because of ongoing problems caused by the coronavirus quarantine, Deadline has confirmed.
Daniel Craig and the cast will not attend the Beijing screening or the subsequent publicity tour of China, which have been halted because of uncertainty surrounding the evolution of the epidemic. Cinemas across the world’s second-largest box office market remain shuttered indefinitely amid efforts to suppress the spreading of the disease. There is currently little clarity on when business may return to normal. The death toll in China now exceeds 1,600 people.
Cary Joji Fukunaga directs No Time To Die, in which 007 has left active service. However, his peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) coaxes him out of retirement for the fight against a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Starring with Craig are Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Léa Seydoux. Joining the fray are Rami Malek as villain Safin, Ana de Armas as Paloma, and Christoph Waltz as iconic Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
The release date in North America is April 10, via MGM’s United Artists Releasing banner, with Universal Pictures International launching in the UK and a select international territories on April 2. The last James Bond movie, Spectre, made $881M worldwide, with nearly $84M from China.