In spite of the fact that there are now seven months before its release, the new James Bond film No Time To Die is locked, and won’t be changing any further.

The first major movie to move its release date in light of the spread of Coronavirus was the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die. The film, Daniel Craig’s swansong in the role of 007, was supposed to have been released last week, but has now been put back to November.

Speculation had been rife, though, that the film would be taking advantage of the extra time for its filmmakers to tinker with it a little more. That the delay in some ways was said to have been beneficial to the production.

But not so.

Director Cary Fukunaga has been interviewed on Instagram over the past day or two, and he’s confirmed that “although more time would have been lovely, we had to put our pencils down when we finished our post-production window”. And that window has now closed.

Why, though, wouldn’t he keep tuning the film with the unexpected extra time? “Short answer is money”, he said. “And although Bond is a big movie, we still have to weigh cost with value. And like anything, you could tinker endlessly. The movie is great as it is”.

No Time To Die, in theory at least, will be with us at the end of the year.

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