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New time for Bond

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LIKE the rest of the world, Ja­maicans will have to wait a lit­tle bit longer to see the lat­est in­stal­ment in the James Bond fran­chise, No Time To Die, as its re­lease has been de­layed again — this time to 2021.

MGM, Uni­ver­sal and Bond pro­duc­ers, Michael G Wil­son and Bar­bara Broc­coli, said the 25th in­stal­ment for which seg­ments were shot on lo­ca­tion in Port­land and sec­tions of the Cor­po­rate Area will now open glob­ally on April 2, 2021 be­cause of the ef­fects of COVID-19 on the the­atri­cal business.

No Time To Die was orig­i­nally set to open in April 2020 but was pushed back to Novem­ber 12 in the United King­dom and Novem­ber 20 in the United States. It was one of the first Hol­ly­wood films to aban­don its re­lease be­fore cin­e­mas in the US shut down in mid-march be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

The film, from di­rec­tor Cary Joji Fuku­naga, stars Daniel Craig as 007, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, as well as Lashana Lynch and Naomie Har­ris, both of whom are of Ja­maican parent­age.

Prin­ci­pal film­ing be­gan on April 28 last year in Port An­to­nio.

Ac­tor Daniel Craig sus­tained an an­kle in­jury in May last year whilst film­ing in Ja­maica and sub­se­quently un­der­went mi­nor surgery. The film wrapped Oc­to­ber 25 last year Pinewood Stu­dios in the UK with the film­ing of a chase se­quence set in Ha­vana, Cuba. This se­quence should have been shot ear­lier but re­ports in­di­cate that due to the in­jury sus­tained by Craig in Ja­maica, it was resched­uled.

Ja­maica and Bond have been linked for the in­cep­tion of the beloved Bri­tish spy. Writer Ian Flem­ming wrote a num­ber of the sto­ries in the se­ries at his Ja­maican re­treat, Gold­en­eye in St Mary. The very first film in the fran­chise, Dr

No, was shot on lo­ca­tion in Ja­maica in 1962. The team re­turned to Ja­maica in 1973 for Live and Let Die with scenes shot in Ocho Rios, Trelawny and Lucea, Hanover. Ja­maican-born ac­tress Grace Jones also starred in A View to a Kill in 1985.

In a nos­tal­gic move, the pro­duc­ers an­nounced the film at Gold­en­eye in April last year. The pro­duc­ers Michael G Wil­son and Bar­bara Broc­coli flew in a cav­al­cade of stars in­clud­ing Craig, Lynch, Har­ris, de Armas and Lea Sey­doux, for a launch event which was seen live across the world.

In a re­lated move, Uni­ver­sal moved its F9, the ninth in­stal­ment of the Fast & Fu­ri­ous fran­chise star­ring Vin Diesel, to May 28. Its pre­vi­ous April 2 re­lease date would have put it in di­rect com­pe­ti­tion with Bond.

Other ma­jor stu­dios have made sim­i­lar de­ci­sions over the past few weeks.

Ticket sales for Warner Bros’ Tenet, the first block­buster to open in the­atres world­wide af­ter months of coro­n­avirus-re­lated clo­sures, have not been as strong as hoped for in the US.

The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany last week de­layed the planned 2020 re­leases of a hand­ful of ma­jor movies un­til 2021. They in­clude Marvel’s Black Widow and Steven Spiel­berg’s West Side Story. Uni­ver­sal de­layed Candy­man to next year.

Some ma­jor re­leases are still planned for 2020. They in­clude Won­der Woman 1984, which was pushed back to Christ­mas af­ter mul­ti­ple de­lays and Ken­neth Branagh’s mys­tery Death on the Nile. It is now set for De­cem­ber 18.

 ?? (Photo: Nor­man Thomas) ?? Bond girls Léa Sey­doux, Ana de Armas, Naomie Har­ris, and Lashana Lynch at the film’s 25th in­stal­ment launch at Golden Eye in St Mary in April 2019.
(Photo: Nor­man Thomas) Bond girls Léa Sey­doux, Ana de Armas, Naomie Har­ris, and Lashana Lynch at the film’s 25th in­stal­ment launch at Golden Eye in St Mary in April 2019.
 ??  ?? A teaser for the new Bond film No Time to Die
A teaser for the new Bond film No Time to Die

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