Thursday 5 March 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted industries worldwide. Photo: Mladen Antonov / AFP

No Time to Die had been set to premiere in London on 31 March 2020, before its worldwide rollout in April. However, Bond’s film is now postponed to November due to fears of the COVID-19.

The latest installment to the franchise will be released in The United Kingdom on 12 November 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including The United States of America launch on 25 November, 2020.

The postponement of Bond’s film came as concern over the COVID-19 epidemic continues to escalate globally. The virus, which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has since infected more than 95,000 people worldwide and killed more than 3,200 people.

Several countries are now struggling to contain its spread, with many big events being cancelled. All sports events in Italy have also been placed behind closed doors until 3 April 2020, including Serie A matches. Additionally, Miami’s Ultra Music Festival which was supposed to go ahead on 20-22 March 2020, has also been cancelled.

The spread has also impacted the fashion industry, as luxury fashion brands are suffering from COVID-19. Capri Holdings, owners of Versace, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo, mentioned the virus crisis would cut sales by US$100 million.

Retailers are also shutting their doors as efforts to contain the virus. According to CNN, roughly 150 of Capri’s stores in mainland China are closed. British fashion house Burberry also closed 24 out of its 64 stores in mainland China.

Similarly, reports emerged last month that the filmmakers had cancelled its Beijing premiere as well as a promotional tour originally set for April. This was a massive blow to the production house, as the previous movie of the 007 franchise, Spectre, – released in 2015 – set box office records for a 2D film in China, while grossing more than US$880 million worldwide.

Source: AFP Relax News