‘No Time to Die’ Release Date: New James Bond Movie Headed to Theaters in November

A pandemic can’t stop James Bond. After its initial April 2020 premiere date was pushed back due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, No Time to Die is headed to theaters in November. 

A new action-packed, two-and-half-minute trailer for the latest entry in the Bond franchise — which will be the last with Daniel Craig as the suave super-spy — dropped Sept. 3, stoking anticipation for the film, which is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. 

‘No Time to Die’ is in theaters Nov. 20  

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No Time to Die was originally scheduled to be released in the U.S. on April 10, 2020. But in early March, the movie became one of the first casualties of the quickly spreading coronavirus when producers MGM, Eon, and Universal decided to delay the film until November. 

Over the summer, rumors began to surface that the movie, which also features Rami Malek and Ana De Armas, would be delayed again, according to the Hollywood Reporter. But with more theaters open in the U.S. and around the world and high-profile films such as Tenet getting a traditional release, the studio decided to stick with the November date. 

As of now, No Time to Die will release on Nov. 12 in the U.K. It arrives in U.S. theaters on Nov. 20, a few days before Thanksgiving. The holiday weekend is traditionally a big movie-going weekend, though whether people will be willing to head to the theaters after scarfing down their turkey and mashed potatoes remains to be seen. 

Daniel Craig says goodbye to James Bond 

James Bond and Paloma in No Time to Die
James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Paloma (Ana de Armas) in No Time to Die | Nicola Dove © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM.

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No Time to Die is Craig’s fifth and final outing as Bond. He first played the iconic character in 2006’s Casino Royale. But after 2015’s Spectre, he thought he was done with the franchise. “I was never going to do one again,” he said in an interview with GQ. “I was like, ‘Is this work really genuinely worth this, to go through this, this whole thing?’ And I didn’t feel… I felt physically really low.”

The actor says No Time to Die is a fitting sendoff for his version of the character. “I’m really…I’m okay,” he told GQ. “I don’t think I would have been if I’d done the last film and that had been it. But this, I’m like … Let’s go. Let’s get on with it. I’m fine.”

What to expect from ‘No Time to Die’

In No Time to Die, Oscar winner Malek make his Bond villain debut as Safin. De Armas plays a CIA agent named Paloma and Lashana Lynch will be introduced as a “disarming” new double-0. Lea Seydoux is back as Dr. Madeleine Swann, while Christoph Waltz returns as Blofeld, Bond’s foster brother and the founder of the international criminal organization Spectre. Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Ralph Fiennes will also reprise their roles from earlier films.  

Here’s the official No Time to Die synopsis: 

Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

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