James Bond bosses to lose up to $50 million after postponing release – report

James Bond bosses are reportedly set to lose up to $50 million (£38 million) for postponing the release of their latest movie No Time to Die.Executives at MGM, EON Productions, and Universal announced on Wednesday that they were pushing back the plann…

James Bond bosses are reportedly set to lose up to $50 million (£38 million) for postponing the release of their latest movie No Time to Die.

Executives at MGM, EON Productions, and Universal announced on Wednesday that they were pushing back the planned release of No Time to Die from April until November due to the global coronavirus spread, which has so far infected more than 100,000 people worldwide.

It has now been reported that the release change could lead to a staggering loss of between $30 million (£22.7 million) and $50 million for MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The figure stems largely from a costly marketing campaign which was already being run, including a trailer spot at the Super Bowl which is reported to have cost $4.5 million (£3.4 million).

However, if bosses hadn’t postponed the date and had gone ahead with the April releases, they could have lost an estimated $300 million (£227 million) – around 30 per cent of the predicted $1 billion (£76 million) global box office take. In China alone, where the coronavirus outbreak originated last year, more than 70,000 cinemas have been closed since January.

Bond bosses announced the postponement in a statement, which read, “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.

“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.”

The movie, which will serve as Daniel Craig’s final appearance as the 007 agent, also stars Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ben Whishaw.

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Tom Ford created James Bond’s suits for No Time to Die

Tom Ford created the suits worn by Daniel Craig in upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.The American designer, known for his tailored menswear, has been tapped by producers of the spy film to outfit the British actor for the fourth consecutive time….

Tom Ford created the suits worn by Daniel Craig in upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.

The American designer, known for his tailored menswear, has been tapped by producers of the spy film to outfit the British actor for the fourth consecutive time.

“I could not be happier to be dressing Daniel Craig as James Bond again in the upcoming film, No Time to Die,” said Ford. “James Bond epitomises the Tom Ford man in his elegance, style, and love of luxury. It is an honour to move forward with this iconic character.”

In one preview image from the set, Craig is seen wearing a dark blue suit, white shirt, matching tie, and pocket square, while in another snap, he poses in a classic black tuxedo.

Ford also worked closely with costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb on other elements of the star’s wardrobe for his role as the iconic spy, including made-to-measure accessories and denim.

“Tom Ford menswear is all tailor-made in Italy, and is characterised by its elegant cut, exclusive fabrics, and hand-finished details,” a label representative shared.

Ford also teamed up with Larlarb to design the costumes for new character Nomi, as played by Lashana Lynch, a ’00’ agent who entered active service after Bond’s retirement.

“For the first time, Tom Ford is also pleased to have dressed the new female character Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch, with select tailor-made jackets, tops, and accessories including Tom Ford eyewear, all hand made in Italy,” they added.

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time to Die was due to be released on 2 April. However, producers announced on Wednesday that the debut would be delayed until November due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

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Lashana Lynch thrilled to work with Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Bond movie

Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas were thrilled to discover Phoebe Waller-Bridge had been hired as a writer on their James Bond movie No Time to Die.The Fleabag creator was brought onboard the project by Bond actor Daniel Craig and helped redraft a script…

Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas were thrilled to discover Phoebe Waller-Bridge had been hired as a writer on their James Bond movie No Time to Die.

The Fleabag creator was brought onboard the project by Bond actor Daniel Craig and helped redraft a script written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Scott Z. Burns. Accordingly, franchise newcomers Lynch and de Armas were thrilled to learn of her involvement.

“I very literally squealed when I first heard her name,” the Captain Marvel actress told The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, British girl just like me. She’s going to know how to actually take care of women onscreen.'”

“I saw Phoebe, and I just blushed – I got red like a tomato,” the Knives Out star added. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, can I hug you? I want to be your friend.'”

The hire was considered an attempt by franchise producers to bring the films into modern times, with more well-rounded female characters that aren’t just Bond’s conquests.

Cuban actress de Armas told the publication it was clear the franchise was evolving by the fact that Lynch is a main character and gets to wear trousers, and while her character Paloma wears a gown and heels, she has insisted there is more to her than her appearance.

“She’s got this bubbliness of someone who is excited to be on a mission, but she plays with this ambiguity — you don’t really know if she’s like a really trained, prepared partner for Bond,” she said. “(Her) brains and looks are equal this time. She’s very smart. She helps Bond navigate through certain things that he wouldn’t be able to do alone.”

Meanwhile, Lynch explained that she approached Waller-Bridge with ideas about her character and they help craft a real woman who was “round enough the edges”.

No Time to Die hits cinemas in April.

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Producer Barbara Broccoli insists James Bond will never be played by a woman

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has insisted a woman will never be cast as the British spy in a movie.Daniel Craig is set to make his fifth and final appearance as the suave MI6 agent in No Time to Die, the upcoming 25th Bond film. Speculation ha…

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has insisted a woman will never be cast as the British spy in a movie.

Daniel Craig is set to make his fifth and final appearance as the suave MI6 agent in No Time to Die, the upcoming 25th Bond film.

Speculation has been rife over who will replace the 51-year-old after he retired from the role, and fellow Brits including Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden have since emerged as frontrunners.

However, Broccoli is adamant that the role of Bond will never be played by a woman.

“He can be of any colour, but he is male,” she told Variety, adding that she wants better and more interesting characters to be created for women. “I believe we should be creating new characters for women – strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”

Last year, it was rumoured that Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch was in the running to become the next Bond.

Yet, it was later revealed that she will instead be playing a character called Nomi who is assigned Bond’s iconic 007 number when he retires from MI6.

No Time to Die, which also stars Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright, will hit cinemas from 2 April.

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Daniel Craig felt Spectre wasn’t right place to conclude run as James Bond

Daniel Craig wanted to reprise the role of James Bond one more time because he felt Spectre wasn’t a satisfying way to conclude his run as the spy. After Spectre was released in 2015, many believed it was the British actor’s final turn as the MI6 agen…

Daniel Craig wanted to reprise the role of James Bond one more time because he felt Spectre wasn’t a satisfying way to conclude his run as the spy.

After Spectre was released in 2015, many believed it was the British actor’s final turn as the MI6 agent, particularly after he famously said he would “rather slash (his) wrists” than play the character again, a statement he later retracted.

However, he decided to come back and reprise the role for the fifth and final time for No Time to Die, and in an interview with Empire magazine, Craig explained that he wouldn’t have been satisfied if he’d stopped after Spectre.

“If that had been it, the world would have carried on as normal, and I would have been absolutely fine,” he said. “But somehow it felt like we needed to finish something off. If I’d left it at Spectre, something at the back of my head would have been going, ‘I wish I’d done one more.'”

He added that he had his own thoughts about where the continuing story might end up.

“I always had a kind of secret idea about the whole lot in my head, and where I wanted to take it. And Spectre wasn’t that… But this feels like it is,” the 51-year-old noted.

Craig, who began playing Bond with 2006’s Casino Royale, confirmed he was “done” with Bond movies during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in November.

He also told USA Today he has had a “really good run” as the spy, and stated, “It was the right thing to do one more… I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

No Time to Die, which takes place a few years after the events in Spectre, features returning stars Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes as well as newcomers Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch. It is set to hit cinemas in April 2020.

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Christoph Waltz’s return as Blofeld confirmed in first No Time to Die trailer

Christoph Waltz’s return as James Bond’s nemesis Blofeld has been confirmed in the first trailer for new movie No Time to Die.The German-Austrian actor played the iconic role in the previous 2015 instalment Spectre, in which his fate was left hanging a…

Christoph Waltz’s return as James Bond’s nemesis Blofeld has been confirmed in the first trailer for new movie No Time to Die.

The German-Austrian actor played the iconic role in the previous 2015 instalment Spectre, in which his fate was left hanging after his helicopter was shot down by Bond.

Despite rumours Blofeld would be back, Waltz heavily hinted in interviews he would not return – with Rami Malek taking over as the main adversary of Daniel Craig’s superspy – but the SPECTRE chief briefly appears in the new trailer.

In the clip, Blofeld is shown incarcerated in a high-security cell, and says, “When her secret finds its way out, it’ll be the death of him,” with other scenes suggesting that Bond discovers something devastating about another returning character, Lea Seydoux’s Dr. Madeleine Swann.

Another notable moment is the first glimpse of Malek’s main villain, Safin, who Bond accuses of attempting to “play God” when the pair face off.

Fans have speculated that Safin may end up being a version of another legendary villain from the franchise, Dr. No.

Craig’s character is billed as beginning the film in retirement and is also shown meeting his replacement as 007, Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch.

After meeting her predecessor, Nomi is shown telling Bond that “the world has moved on” and to “stay in your lane” or she will put a bullet in his knee – later mocking his age by adding “the one that works”.

No Time to Die, which is believed to be Craig’s last outing as 007, will hit cinemas in April.

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Daniel Craig confirms he’s ‘done’ with James Bond

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” …

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.

The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” than reprise his role as 007 once more.

He later backtracked and insisted he just needed a break, and subsequently returned for the 25th movie in the series, the upcoming No Time to Die, which he believes will serve as the perfect swansong for his stint as Ian Fleming’s fictional character.

During an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he told the host that he was making no more James Bond movies.

When Colbert asked Craig if he was “done with Bond,” the 51-year-old actor replied, “Yes.”

“You’re done with Bond?” the host pressed, prompting Craig to state firmly: “It’s done.”

In another interview with USA Today, he told the publication that he’s had a “really good run” with the role he’s held since 2006’s Casino Royale.

“It was the right thing to do one more,” Craig stated, before adding that he is confident fans will be pleased with No Time to Die. “I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

The discussion about who should replace Craig as Bond has been ongoing for years and is likely to reach new heights following his confirmation. Previous favourites for the role have included Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden.

No Time to Die, which features returning stars Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw alongside newcomers Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas, is set to open in cinemas in April.

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Lashana Lynch’s 007 to be a ‘real woman’

Lashana Lynch was determined to make sure her new 007 character in the latest James Bond film was true to the lives of real women on screen.The Captain Marvel star plays British secret service spy Nomi in the upcoming instalment No Time to Die, who sta…

Lashana Lynch was determined to make sure her new 007 character in the latest James Bond film was true to the lives of real women on screen.

The Captain Marvel star plays British secret service spy Nomi in the upcoming instalment No Time to Die, who starts the movie with Bond’s iconic codename, as Daniel Craig’s superspy is initially in retirement.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the British actress revealed she was determined to make her character different to the glamorous Bond girl archetype, and have her face the same problems as everyday women while serving as a spy.

“I didn’t want someone who was slick. I wanted someone who was rough around the edges and who has a past and a history and has issues with her weight and maybe questions what’s going on with her boyfriend,” she explained.

The 31-year-old star even spoke to the film’s co-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and director Cary Joji Fukunaga about including one scene in which her character is on her period.

“We had one conversation about her maybe being on her period in one scene, and maybe at the beginning of the scene – and I spoke to Cary about this – throwing her tampon in the thing,” she revealed.

Lynch said all of the film’s producers, writers, and its director were open to her ideas, adding: “Everyone was really responsive to having her be what I wanted. You’re given a fresh perspective on a brand-new black woman in the Bond world.”

Nomi being assigned the 007 codename caused a stir among male fans of the franchise, due to its traditional focus on Bond as a hyper-masculine alpha male who women swoon over. However, the actress is totally unfazed by their objections as she believes their feelings aren’t personal.

“It doesn’t dishearten me. It makes me feel quite sad for some people because their opinions, they’re not even from a mean place – they’re actually from a sad place,” she mused. “It’s not about me. People are reacting to an idea, which has nothing to do with my life.”

No Time to Die will debut in cinemas in April.

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Prince Charles offered role in Bond 25 – report

British royal Prince Charles has reportedly been offered a cameo role in Bond 25. The 70-year-old has been presented with the opportunity to make a short appearance in the upcoming James Bond instalment, starring Daniel Craig, according to editors at …

British royal Prince Charles has reportedly been offered a cameo role in Bond 25. 

The 70-year-old has been presented with the opportunity to make a short appearance in the upcoming James Bond instalment, starring Daniel Craig, according to editors at Britain’s The Sun newspaper.  

A source told the publication film that bosses were inspired by his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s appearance alongside Craig’s 007 in the short homage to the spy films which aired during the opening ceremony of London’s 2012 Olympic Games.  

“They loved the buzz around The Queen’s appearance alongside Daniel Craig and think Charles could top even that,” the insider said. “He is the epitome of everything British, perfect for a cameo role and Bond fans worldwide would absolutely love it… Now, he is considering it.”  

The idea for a cameo reportedly came up when the royal paid a visit to the film set earlier this year and posed for photos with the 51-year-old actor. However, the source added that his sons, Princes Harry and William, might be offered the cameo next if Charles declines.  

Harry and William are no stranger to making appearances on film – they shot cameos as Stormtroopers in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but their role was cut out because they were considered too tall. 

Bond 25 is currently filming ahead of a cinema release in April 2020. Cary Joji Fukunaga is directing from a script by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.  

Christoph Waltz will be reprising his role of Blofeld, while Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw also return. New castmembers include Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch, who will reportedly take over the 007 codename in the movie.  

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Lashana Lynch to become new 007 in Bond 25 – report

Lashana Lynch will reportedly become the first female 007 by taking over James Bond’s codename in the latest movie. The Captain Marvel star was announced as a castmember back in April, and is apparently set to play Nomi, a secret agent who inherits Bo…

Lashana Lynch will reportedly become the first female 007 by taking over James Bond’s codename in the latest movie.

The Captain Marvel star was announced as a castmember back in April, and is apparently set to play Nomi, a secret agent who inherits Bond’s iconic codename after he retires to Jamaica.

A movie insider told Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper that the 25th official James Bond film, which has the working title Bond 25, opens with a scene in which the British actress’ character is unveiled as the new 007, before Daniel Craig’s Bond is called back into action.

“There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says, ‘Come in 007″‘, and in walks Lynch who is black, beautiful and a woman,” the source revealed. “It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007.”

The moment is believed to be a nod to speculation around Craig’s replacement, as some have called for the franchise to move with the times and for producers to cast a black man as Bond, or even to switch the character’s gender.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has also been brought in to work on the script in a bid to modernise the latest instalment.

“There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not Bond is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women,” she told the Mail of her role. “I think that’s b**locks. I think he’s absolutely relevant now.

“(The franchise) has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.”

However, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has said that there would “never” be a female Bond, despite efforts to update the character.

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