James Bond film No Time to Die will be the longest EVER with a 180 minute ...

He is renowned for his quick wit and the speed at which he drives his Aston Martin, but there will be no rushing the latest James Bond film, which is likely to become the longest ever.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that cinemas have been told to allow three hours for each screening of No Time To Die, the 25th outing for 007.

It is still being edited and, according to a source, currently runs to two hours and 54 minutes – though it may get even longer.

Killing time: No Time to Die is set to be the longest James Bond film with a running-time of 180 minutes. There were script issues and Daniel Craig's (pictured) injury played a part in the decision

Killing time: No Time to Die is set to be the longest James Bond film with a running-time of 180 minutes. There were script issues and Daniel Craig's (pictured) injury played a part in the decision

‘Distributors and cinemas have to be told well in advance how long a film is so they can plan the number of daily screenings,’ the source said. ‘This film is so long because they were constantly adding pages to the script and filming went on way longer than was scheduled.

‘First there were script issues and then Daniel got injured. He wants his final Bond to be perfect but a lot of people are going to be leaving the cinema to have a bathroom break because this one is clocking in at nearly three hours.

Fast cars: The film is to be a 'big gamble' for producers, he said before adding: 'Especially when there is a growing body of opinion that modern films are simply getting far too long'

Fast cars: The film is to be a 'big gamble' for producers, he said before adding: 'Especially when there is a growing body of opinion that modern films are simply getting far too long'

‘It’s a great film, but there’s a very real fear that audiences are going to be kicking their heels at the length of this one.’

Some film-lovers have been dismayed by recent hit movie marathons, including The Irishman (3h 29m) and Avengers: Endgame (3h 1m).

Skyfall (pictured) had a running time of 2h 23m

Meanwhile Spectre was 2h 28m in total

Running times began to lengthen when Craig, 51, took over as the legendary secret agent in 2006 with Casino Royale (2h 24m). He is pictured for the promotion posters of Skyfall (left) and Spectre (right)

And The Mail on Sunday’s film critic Matthew Bond believes a three-hour Bond movie would be a risk.

‘There’s no doubt that committing themselves to a near three-hour running time is a big gamble for the producers,’ he said. ‘Especially when there is a growing body of opinion that modern films are simply getting far too long.

‘But the Bond producers are hugely experienced and tend to get these things right.

‘While the bottom line – profit – will be uppermost in their minds, they’ll also want to give Daniel Craig a big send-off.’

No Time To Die was scheduled for release in November but Craig insisted on bringing in Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge to rewrite the script to make it more ‘woke’ for a modern audience.

Ana De Armas strikes a sultry pose as she plays the next Bond girl

Ana De Armas strikes a sultry pose as she plays the next Bond girl

The average running time of Bond films has steadily risen from an average of two hours one minute in the 1960s with classics

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