The new James Bond movie “No Time To Die” on Friday set a world premiere date for late September, despite speculation its release might be delayed for a fourth time because of the pandemic.
A posting on the official @007 Bond Twitter account said the red carpet world premiere for the Universal Pictures and MGM film would take place in London on Sept. 28.
Two days after, the film will hit U.K. movie theatres.
It is due to be released in the United States on Oct. 8.
The premiere date for “No Time to Die” has been moved three times from its original April 2020 slot since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020 as movie theatres around the world closed their doors and restrictions were placed on audience capacity.
James Bond movies are among the most valuable film franchises in Hollywood, with 2015’s “Spectre” raking in $880million at the box office worldwide, while “Skyfall” in 2012 grossed more than $1 billion globally.
The film, which cost an estimated $200 million to produce, marks Daniel Craig’s last outing as the British secret agent and is among the most anticipated potential blockbusters this fall.
However the Delta variant of COVID-19 has led to a rise in infections in the United States and elsewhere, raising concern about whether audiences will feel safe sitting in cinemas.
Takings at the box office for North America are running about 50% behind the same period in 2019, according to Variety.