Next James Bond film No Time To Die delayed until November over coronavirus

The next James Bond film has been delayed for release until November, it has been confirmed.

No Time to Die was due for release in April but following "careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace" it has been pushed back, James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have announced.

It's thought the delay is due to the global panic about coronavirus, which is impacting global box office figures.

A statement said: "MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of No Time to Die will be postponed until November 2020.

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"The film will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the U.S. launch on November 25, 2020."

China's box office has plummeted $1.91billion (£1.49billion) in just two months due to the coronavirus, with many cinemas shutting down.

Theatres in Korea, Japan, Italy and France have also been closing.

In the UK the coronavirus count soared to 87 today with 36 more people testing positive for the killer bug in the past 24 hours.

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No Time to Die has reportedly been rescheduled so the film doesn't lose money in areas hit by the virus.

The last four Daniel Craig Bond films have grossed $3.2billion (£2.49billion) in total.

No Time to Die will now compete against King Richard, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon, and The Happiest Season in its new opening week.

It will be the longest Bond film ever at 2 hours and 43 minutes.

The film will pick up five years after 2015's Spectre with Bond living in self-imposed exile in Jamaica.

CIA operative Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) needs his help following the kidnapping of scientist Valdo Obruchev (David Dencick) and Bond is forced to come out of retirement.

Searching for answers will lead him back to MI6 and face to face with no only his arch nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld ( Christoph Waltz ), but also the woman he thinks betrayed him: Dr Madeleine Swann ( Lea Seydoux ).

Confronted with her past, Bond and his allies face a dangerous new villain, Safin (Rami Malek).

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