Even James Bond keeps social distance

By AKIRA KATO

Who’s going to save us from the evil genius while our hero is self-isolating?

Despite concerns, the release of the 25th Bond film No Time to Die has been pushed back by seven months. Bond fans are awaiting the intelligence agent’s arrival in cinemas, but since the COVID-19 turned out to be a tougher enemy than any villains, even James Bond couldn’t confront the virus.

The movie had been scheduled to air in cinemas on April 10, but the release date in Australia and the United States have been postponed to November 25. No Time to Die is the first Hollywood movie to shift its rollout in the wake of the virus.

MGM, Universal, and Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced the decision came “after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace” as announced on the official James Bond Twitter page.

James Bond fans on the Sunshine Coast have been anticipating the latest instalment in the James Bond franchise, but are understanding the secret agent isn’t ready to fight with the COVID-19.

Sunshine Coast Movie Fans Meetup organiser Lynette Gavin says she is looking forward to watching the new release. “I’m disappointed in the postponing but I guess it’s understandable given the present situation,” she says.

Sippy Downs resident Tim Kimpton, a long time 007 fan, is surprised the forever hero was scared of the pandemic. “I can wait; it’s just a movie, although after all James Bond has been through, it’s hard to believe he’s afraid of a virus,” he said.

Before the decision was made, worldwide fans wrote an open letter titled ‘No Time For Indecision,’ asking the film’s studios to postpone its release.

Popular fan site M16 co-founder James Page and The James Bond Dossier founder David Leigh fronted the letter, which said: “The health and well-being of fans around the world, and their families, is more important.”

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