Thursday, March 5, 2020

No Time to Die Hides Until November

The release of the James Bond film has been put back by seven months as Covid-19 continues to escalate. 

The producers said they had moved the release of No Time To Die from April to November after "careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace". 

It will now be screened in the UK on November 12, and in the US on November 25. 

No Time To Die, which is due to be Daniel Craig's (right) final appearance as the British secret service agent, had been due for release on April 02-03. And the world premiere was scheduled for March 31. 

Lest you think MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are concerned about public health – they’re not. Theirs was plainly a pecuniary motive. 

Screen International deputy editor Louise Tutt was straightforward when she told BBC News that the decision was "about mitigating the financial risk". 

Some film analysts have suggested the coronavirus could wipe $5 billion (£3.8 billion) off the global box office, with many of China's cinemas already closed and revenues to hit in South Korea and Italy. 

Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic averted a first domestic defeat of 2020 after Tom Rogic's stoppage-time goal snatched a 2-2 draw against Livingston to move them 13 points clear on Wednesday. 

The West Lothian side had struck twice (24, 46) and cancelled out Callum McGregor's goal in the sixteenth minute – before Rogic saved Celtic the blushes. 

James McFadden, former Scotland forward on BBC Radio Scotland: “Celtic weren't breathtaking in terms of creating chances, but they wore Livi down and deserved to get back into the game for the speed and tempo and keeping up the pressure”.

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