James Bond fan club MI6-HQ are urging No Time To Die bosses to delay the release for the sake of public health and the film’s box office performance. In an open letter to EON, MGM and Universal posted on their website, the publication said: “After enduring three delays in production already, it is by no means easy to say this: the release of No Time To Die should be postponed. With the Coronavirus reaching pandemic status, it is time to put public health above marketing release schedules and the cost of canceling publicity events.”
The statement pointed out that a number of major events worldwide have been cancelled or delayed due to concerns about the risks of large gatherings of people amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“Leading tech companies have banned travel for hundreds of thousands of employees, including Amazon and Google. All before the US and UK outbreaks expand,” they said.
MI6-HQ also noted that cinemas have been closed in China and Japan, saying: “The Chinese box-office in January and February 2019 combined to $1.5b.
“The same period this year has netted just $3.9m - a 99.7% drop.”
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James Bond: No Time To Die fans are calling for the movie's release to be delayed (Image: GETTY • EON)
James Bond: No Time To Die's Chinese premiere was already cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak (Image: EXPRESS)
The letter claimed of the countries which have now banned or restricted large public gatherings, their contribution to No Time To Die’s predecessor Spectre’s box office was around 38 per cent of the total takings.
It went on to address the mammoth London premiere planned for the end of the month.
“Hundreds of fans and celebrities from around the world will be flying to the UK to attend,” the fan publication said.
“The Royal Albert Hall capacity is above the 5,000 limit that affected countries are banning for