James Bond film, No Time to Die, premiere put back to November

Daniel Craig's last outing as 007 will be in the longest Bond film ever

Note: due to coronavirus, this story is now out of date. The launch has been put back by seven months. Below is the original text. Some of which still holds true.

Make a note in your diaries … the new James Bond film, No Time to Die, will have its world premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall at the end of the month. The event takes place on Tuesday, March 31, and the film will go on general release in the UK a couple of days later on April 2. Word has it that this will be the longest Bond film ever at two hours and 43 minutes, a quarter of an hour longer than Spectre.

I should add that over the past 24 hours or so I have been reading that some fan groups are in favour of delaying the premiere because of the coronavirus outbreak. So keep a close eye on the media if you wish to go to the event.

As has been well documented that the filming was not exactly smooth. First, original director Danny Boyle walked away over creative differences, then Bond actor Daniel Craig busted his ankle during the shoot. At one stage producer Barbara Broccoli considered binning the project.

The film is said to be the last time Craig will appear as the “licence to kill” spy. Much speculation surrounds who might take over the role.

In addition to the usual MI6 cast members such as M, Q and Moneypenny, No Time to Die will see Lea Seydoux reprise her role from Spectre as Madeleine Swann. Christoph Waltz will also feature again as Blofeld.

Still on Bond, but not in London, I’d like to draw your attention to a tour in Scotland which fans might be interested in. Rabbie’s has created a private tour itinerary for 007 fans. Gadgets, cars, castles and tipples will give the full Bond experience.

On a two-day round trip tour from Edinburgh, this private tour itinerary features highlights such as seeing a collection of Bond memorabilia, including a BMW 750 used in Tomorrow Never Dies; scenic drives through areas and naval bases used in The Spy Who Loved Me; as well as a visit to the headquarters of MI6 in The World Is Not Enough. The itinerary weaves the theme into cuisine with lunch dates at Miss Moneypenny’s Diner and a trip to a whisky distillery to sample one of the spy’s favourite drinks.

Rabbie’s offers one-off itineraries and experiences. The specialist team will help travellers with itineraries based on the things they love, for a once in a lifetime experience. Each private and personalised tour has a dedicated guide, an expert in storytelling, local insights and historic tales.

Running an exclusive discount until the end of March, Rabbie’s offers the chance to book a tour for £465, seating up to 16 passengers on a mini-coach with a guide for a whole day. To arrange a private tour call Rabbie’s on +44(0) 131 226 3133 or email explore@rabbies.com.

The tour covers some of the ground of the Bond film, Skyfall, and takes in spectacular scenery such as below

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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