Bond fans ask for “No Time to Die” delay due to coronavirus

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The founders of two of the most popular James Bond fan sites are asking the studios behind the next Bond film to delay its release due to coronavirus.

No Time to Die is due for release on 3 April but fans have asked for it to be held back to the summer “when experts expect the epidemic to have peaked”.

The open letter is from the founders of MI-6 Confidential and The James Bond Dossier, James Page and David Leigh.

Their request came as Disney cancelled plans for a red carpet gala to launch its streaming service, Disney+, in the UK.

The event, which was due to take place on Thursday 5 March, was called off “due to a number of media attendee cancellations and increasing concerns at the prospect of travelling internationally,” the company explained.

Acknowledging that the decision had been made out of an “abundance of caution”, it said alternative plans, including webcasts, would be put in place for interviews with actors and Disney executives.