James Bond: Daniel Craig explains what he REALLY thinks of No Time To Die delay
James Bond was originally due to be played by Daniel Craig for one final time in No Time To Die in April this year. Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the fifth and final 007 film featuring the Layer Cake actor was unfortunately pushed back to November 12, 2020. Last week saw the producers of the film make the difficult decision to delay the film once again to April 2, 2021 – almost an entire year after it was supposed to arrive on screens.
A spokesperson for the film’s producers announced: “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of No Time to Die, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until April 2 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience.
“We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing No Time to Die next year.”
In an effort to promote the upcoming film, Craig recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
During his appearance, Craig touched upon the film’s delay, and his real feelings about it.
Speaking about the pandemic, Craig said: “This thing is just bigger than all of us.
“We just want people to go and see this movie in the right way, in a safe way.
“Cinemas all around the world are closed at the moment. We want to release the movie at the same time all around the world, and this isn’t the right time.”
No Time To Die will see Bond teaming up with Madeleine Swann (played by Lea Seydoux) once again to take on the forces of evil.
This time around, however, Bond and Swann will be tackling the brand new villain on the scene, Safin (Rami Malek).
Craig will have had a huge break between filming 2015’s Spectre and the release of 2021’s No Time To Die.
He told Fallon: “I’ve given it everything I can. I’m so glad that I came back and did this last one.
“We had lots of loose threads we hadn’t tied up. The story just didn’t feel complete. I needed a break, I truly admit it.”
But after the credits roll on No Time To Die fans will not see Craig return to the role of 007.
Instead, a new actor will be put in the character’s shoes – but the next person to don the tuxedo has not yet been named.
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The most likely candidate at the moment British actor and Dunkirk star Tom Hardy.
After fan site The Vulcan Reporter reported Hardy was already cast as the British spy, the odds on the Black Hawk Down star claiming the role went through the roof.
Currently, Hardy’s odds on becoming Bond are at evens.
Most recently, however, One Direction’s Harry Styles denied claims he was eagerly pursuing the role.
Earlier this month Styles’ odds were slashed from 100/1 to 25/1 after a source told The Sun: “Harry is deadly serious. He has had a series of high-level meetings about becoming 007.
“Harry believes he is the final two. Harry is a new age British man. He’s confident in his own skin and making him Bond would signal the franchise changing with the times.”
However, a representative for Styles disputed these claims, saying they weren’t “even remotely true”.
James Bond No Time To Die is due for release April 2, 2021.
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