James Bond: No Time To Die release date will likely move back to 2022, argues 007 expert

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Last week, the official James Bond social media accounts announced that once again No Time To Die’s release date will be delayed due to the pandemic. The fifth and final James Bond movie is now set to open globally in cinemas on October 8, 2021. This is the sixth release date for the 25th official Bond movie and an expert on the franchise reckons it won’t be the last.

The James Bond Dossier’s David Leigh argues in the video below that No Time To Die will probably come out in 2022.

This also happens to be the year marking the 60th anniversary of the Bond film franchise, but the expert doesn’t think this would be the primary reason for a seventh release date.

In a new YouTube video reacting to the latest No Time To Die delay, he said: “I think for me the big question is whether October actually is a viable date.

“I have suggested a number of times on social media and on the James Bond and Friends podcast that it might actually be 2022.”

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Leigh continued: “My thinking of this is really that, although we’ve got vaccines, they’re not a hundred per cent effective, there are new variants of the virus and they’ll have to adapt the vaccine to deal with those.

“People will almost certainly have to have booster shots every six months, nine months, once a year. They don’t know yet because it’s all too new.”

The Bond expert went on to point that while the vaccine should make a difference, it doesn’t mean the world can just suddenly return to normal.

After all, there will be a period of nations adapting to the virus and vaccines, plus it will take a while for large audiences to feel confident enough to return to cinemas.

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Leigh added: “October for me feels too soon, even if things go to plan right now.

“I think it’s going to be 2022 until we are back in place where people can go out to the cinema.

“And people need to feel confident that they’re not going to get the virus when they go out. So, 2022 I think it’s going to be.”

But if No Time To Die is forced to release in 2022, when exactly would it likely release?

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Well, previous release dates have included Valentine’s Day in February, early April and the traditional debut around November.

But even then it would depend on a number of different factors, including competition from other blockbusters.

For example, February half-term in 2022 sees the release of Tom Holland’s Uncharted, the end of March has Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and November has Mission: Impossible 8 to contend with.

Early April 2022 is still free though, so No Time To Die could very well move there if needed.

Doctor Strange 2 is a Disney Marvel movie and interestingly the studio originally had no problem with Mulan releasing a week before No Time To Die in early March 2020.

But, of course, the pandemic saw both blockbusters move, with Mulan ending up on Disney+ premium access.

Nevertheless, an early April 2022 release after Doctor Strange 2 could well be the place for No Time To Die if forced to move yet again from October 2021.

No Time To Die is currently set to release in cinemas globally on October 8, 2021.

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