New James Bond film No Time To Die postponed until November

The release of the new James Bond film No Time To Die will be postponed until November, according its producers, as Hollywood scrambles to cope with the global coronavirus outbreak.

The latest instalment of the long-running spy series had previously been scheduled to open in early April.

The decision was made after "careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace", according to a statement released by MGM Holdings, distributor Universal Pictures and producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

"The film will be released in the UK on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the US launch on November 25, 2020," the statement said. It made no specific reference to the virus.

The Bond franchise is one of the movie world’s most lucrative, with 2015’s Spectre raking in $US880 million at the box office worldwide, while Skyfall in 2012 grossed more than $US1 billion globally.

Publicity plans for the film in China, Japan and South Korea had previously been cancelled because of the outbreak.

The postponement comes after two James Bond fan sites had written to the studios behind the film to ask for its release to be delayed over worries that cinemas could be closed at the time of its release.

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