'No Time to Die': Release date for James Bond film pushed back to October 2021

The much-delayed spy film won't hit screens in April, after all

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James Bond (Daniel Craig) prepares to shoot in 
NO TIME TO DIE. Phoot by Nicola Dove
an EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios film
Credit: Nicola Dove
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007, your mission has been delayed, yet again.

The global release date for James Bond film No Time To Die has been postponed until October, the latest in a string of adjournments for the much-hampered action title.

The 25th film in the spy franchise was originally set to hit screens in April 2020, before being repeatedly delayed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

No Time To Die, which is expected to mark Daniel Craig's last outing as British Secret Service agent 007, was most recently due to be released on Friday, April 2.

The film will now arrive in cinemas on Friday, October 8, studio MGM announced on Thursday, January 21.

Craig's swansong, a follow-up to 2015's Spectre, is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, after Danny Boyle dropped out of the project citing creative differences in 2018.

With a script co-written by Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the film also features Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes in reprised roles, with Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas joining the cast.

Best Actor Oscar-winner Rami Malek will also make his Bond debut as the villainous Safin.

No Time To Die is just one of a number of Hollywood titles blighted by the pandemic, with blockbusters such as DuneThe Batman and Black Widow all pushed back from their original release dates.

007 aside, the latest title to be delayed is Bios, a Miguel Sapochnik-directed sci-fi film starring Tom Hanks.

The movie, in which the Big actor plays the last man on Earth, has been moved from Friday, April 16 to Friday, August 13.

Tom Holland's Uncharted, the cinematic adaptation of the popular video game, has also been pushed back from its July release date to February 11, 2022.