Fans of 007 have been hit with setback after setback with the latest James Bond film.
And Dermot O’Leary couldn’t help but swipe at the drama surrounding the delayed release date of No Time To Die when he kicked off the British Academy Film Awards in 2021 on Sunday.
The presenter, 47, also appeared to be channeling the super spy while donning a sharp black suit alongside co-host Edith Bowman.
Cheeky: Dermot O’Leary, 47, started poking fun at Sunday’s BAFTAs over delayed release date of James Bond movie No Time To Die
Speaking of easing lockdown, Dermot told Edith, also 47, “Looking ahead, there are plenty of reasons to be positive.
Hopefully soon we can go out and go wherever we want. Where would we go first? ‘
The Scottish radio host replied, “Nail bar, pub, restaurants and then back to the pub.”
Dermot was quick to comment, “And of course the cinemas will reopen soon … We finally get to see the Bond film’s biggest nemesis, the release date.”
Delayed: Dermot joked that 007’s ‘biggest nemesis’ was the film’s release date (Photo: Bond star Daniel Craig)
The highly anticipated blockbuster has seen its scheduled premiere postponed multiple times due to the Covid pandemic, having originally released in April 2020.
But following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement in February that the government hopes to end all lockdown restrictions by June 21, it has been reported that No Time To Die’s release has been pushed back to September 30.
The final entry in Daniel Craig’s franchise will still be released in the United States on October 8 as scheduled.
Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, No Time To Die has chosen to extend its release date rather than be released at a time when movie theaters are closed or forced to open with limited capacity.
Brave: The presenter, 47, also appeared to be channeling the super spy while donning a sharp black suit alongside co-host Edith Bowman
The film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, was originally scheduled for release in April 2020, but was delayed until November before its release was changed again in April 2021 in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 25th film in the franchise, No Time To Die finds Bond after leaving active duty and enjoying a quiet life in Jamaica when his old friend Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, comes to the CIA for help.
Bond leaves his seemingly happy life with Madeleine (Lea Seydoux) and returns to the field to face off against Safin (Rami Malek) armed with a new dangerous technology that could affect the world.
Producer Barbara Broccoli has already teased what fans can expect, saying the film will deliver a satisfying ending for Daniel’s Bond.
On the official James Bond podcast, she said: ‘It’s a culmination of everything his portrayal of the character has gone through and it connects all the storylines. It’s a pretty epic movie, I must say. ‘
After MGM pushed back the film’s release to April 2021 in October, MGM quashed rumors whether it planned to offer the film to streaming services for a $ 600 million one-year licensing deal.
We do not comment on rumors. The film is not for sale. The release of the film has been delayed to April 2021 to maintain the theatrical experience for moviegoers, ” an MGM spokesperson told Variety.
Pushed Back: James Bond’s latest entry No Time To Die has changed its UK release date more than once
Bloomberg had reported that Netflix, Amazon, and Apple had all been approached about the possibility of the film being offered for Premium VOD.
However, according to Deadline.com, none of the streaming services was willing to pay more than half the amount the studio was looking for.
Lead actor Craig defended the decision of the James Bond producers to postpone the premiere of the new film in October last year.
Craig said on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, ‘This thing is just bigger than all of us. We want to release the film all over the world at the same time and this is not the right time. So crossing fingers April 2 will be our date. ‘
The new release will be Craig’s last spy appearance after landing the role of Casino Royale from 2006. He has also starred in Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Specter.
End: The new release will be Daniel’s last appearance as a spy after landing the role for 2006 Casino Royale. He has also starred in Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Specter