'No Time To Die' could be coming out earlier than planned

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No Time To Die, the long awaited 25th Bond movie, could be coming out earlier than planned.

According to the Film Distributor's Association, the movie is now set for release on 30 September, a week sooner than the previously announced 8 October slot.

Yahoo Movies UK has contacted Universal Pictures, the UK distributor for the movie, for clarification.

Universal's official website also lists the film's release date as 30 September.

Universal's No Time To Die microsite has its release date listed for 30 September. (Universal Pictures UK)
Universal's No Time To Die microsite has its release date listed for 30 September. (Universal Pictures UK)

The film, Daniel Craig's last as 007, has been hugely delayed and has suffered serious setbacks since development began all the way back in 2016.

After the likes of Christopher Nolan, Denis Villeneuve and Yann Demange were all linked to the project, Danny Boyle signed up to direct in February of 2018.

No Time To Die (Credit: MGM/Eon)
No Time To Die (Credit: MGM/Eon)

However, by the summer, Boyle and his long-time writing partner John Hodge had quit the movie, following creative differences with producers Eon, meaning the release was delayed from November, 2019, to April, 2020.

True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga then came on board in September, 2018, with writers including Paul Haggis, Scott Z. Burns and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge coming in to re-work the script.

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Mr. Robot star Rami Malek was confirmed as the movie's villain, Safin, as production began in April of 2019.

However, later that month Craig injured his ankle on set in Jamaica, requiring surgery, while further delays occurred following a small explosion at the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios.

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA - APRIL 25:  (L-R) Producer Michael G Wilson, cast member Lea Seydoux, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, cast members Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Lashana Lynch and producer Barbara Broccoli attend the
Michael G Wilson, Lea Seydoux, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Lashana Lynch and Barbara Broccoli in Montego Bay, Jamaica (Credit: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)

After shoots in Norway, Italy, Jamaica and London, production eventually wrapped in October, 2019, with promotion then set for April, 2020.

However, as the coronavirus pandemic began to grip the world, promotional duties were cancelled and the movie's release was shifted to 12 November, 2020.

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When that date became increasingly unlikely, it was moved again to 2 April, 2021, with the final delay – to 8 October – being announced last month.

Yahoo Movies UK will update with further news when we have it.