Opulent premiere for Bond flick in UK venue?


James Bond premiere at Wembley Stadium Image: Wembley Stadium

As is the case with other events, COVID-19 has also cast its long shadow on the film world globally. After a year of waiting with bated breath, the producers of the James Bond flick – ‘No Time To Die’ – are keen to premiere the movie in a star-studded show at a stadium like the Wembley Stadium in London.

The highly anticipated James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ is going to have the world’s largest premiere ever witnessed when it releases in September this year.

‘BILD’ stated that those behind the scenes think that they can pull off the biggest movie premiere with movie buffs’ presence in the post-pandemic world and the event in England will signal the return of pompous movie launches which was completely missing from the scene last year due to the deadly coronavirus.

MGM and the film’s producers are said to have set aside £10 million for the grand event in the United Kingdom. The makers are looking at the biggest venues in London starting from the Wembley Arena and are also in talks with Staples Center in Los Angeles for the US premiere.

‘No Time To Die’, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will probably be the last outing for the ruggedly handsome 53-year-old James Bond actor Daniel Craig as the suave British spy. He has achieved international fame with his portrayal of playboy spy James Bond in the eponymous film series, beginning with ‘Casino Royale’.

The 20,000-capacity Staples Center is a multipurpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles (US). Adjacent to the L.A. Live development, it is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex along Figueroa Street. The arena opened on October 17th, 1999.

‘BILD’ further stated that the much-anticipated blockbuster has seen its planned premiere pushed back several times as COVID-19 forces the world to live on the edge. The movie was originally slated to get released in April 2020.

The Bond team and MGM have always wanted a glitterati launch for the movie graced by the swish set of Hollywood. This is one of the reasons why they never complained about the multiple delays in the release of the movie due to the COVID scourge.

Since the coronavirus outbreak globally in March 2020, ‘No Time To Die’ has opted to push back its release date rather than be released at a time when cinemas are either closed, or forced to open with limited capacity.

The movie which has already been postponed five times allegedly cost the studios a total of $300 million.

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently confirmed that cinemas in England will reopen on May 17th with social distancing measures in place, adding it’s hoped that all legal restrictions will be lifted on June 21st if the vaccination program continues.

The United Kingdom has the COVID-19 crisis well under control after cases have sharply come down and restrictions are gradually being eased and the Kingdom is no longer considered a risk zone.

In May, it is being planned that the last two games of the Premier League will also take place in front of up to 10,000 spectators.

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