James Bond Makers Fear Coronavirus Box Office Flop

The makers of upcoming 007 epic No Time To Die fear a box office flop after Daniel Craig, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Naomie Harris were forced to pull out of a promo tour of China

James Bond filmmakers fear the coronavirus could ruin its box office takings.

The upcoming 007 epic No Time To Die is on course to be the highest grossing Bond movie ever.

But Daniel Craig has now been forced to pull out of a lucrative promotional tour of China over virus fears.

And with the closure of 70,000 cinemas across the nation, there are growing worries the planned windfall won’t materialise.

Craig, 51, was set to be the big draw at the No Time to Die Beijing premiere in April.

Fleabag writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Miss Moneypenny actress Naomie Harris were set to tour the country with the world’s second-biggest box office takings.

But doctors say famous names who worked on the upcoming blockbuster won’t get clearance to travel to the country.

The 25th Bond film, starring Rami Malek as villain Safin, is slated for an April 3 British cinema release.

It was set to be the first to smash £1bn at the box office as Craig’s last outing as the famous MI6 agent.

But there are now fears it will be a global flop as a massive Chinese blackmarket for illegal online copies from the West could be created.

The 2015 Bond film Spectre holds the current record for the highest-grossing 007 film in history after making more than £60m in China.

But year-on-year Chinese box office takings plunged from £1.1bn to £300m over the last three weeks.

Hollywood blockbusters 1917, Dr Doolittle, Little Women and Jojo Rabbit have been postponed in the country.

And Disney’s Mulan, which cost £200m to make, could follow suit.

Jeff Bock, senior analyst at entertainment research firm Exhibitor Relations, said: “When you talk about film making body”>

James Bond filmmakers fear the coronavirus could ruin its box office takings.

The upcoming 007 epic No Time To Die is on course to be the highest grossing Bond movie ever.

But Daniel Craig has now been forced to pull out of a lucrative promotional tour of China over virus fears.

And with the closure of 70,000 cinemas across the nation, there are growing worries the planned windfall won’t materialise.

Craig, 51, was set to be the big draw at the No Time to Die Beijing premiere in April.

Fleabag writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Miss Moneypenny actress Naomie Harris were set to tour the country with the world’s second-biggest box office takings.

But doctors say famous names who worked on the upcoming blockbuster won’t get clearance to travel to the country.

The 25th Bond film, starring Rami Malek as villain Safin, is slated for an April 3 British cinema release.

It was set to be the first to smash £1bn at the box office as Craig’s last outing as the famous MI6 agent.

But there are now fears it will be a global flop as a massive Chinese blackmarket for illegal online copies from the West could be created.

The 2015 Bond film Spectre holds the current record for the highest-grossing 007 film in history after making more than £60m in China.

But year-on-year Chinese box office takings plunged from £1.1bn to £300m over the last three weeks.

Hollywood blockbusters 1917, Dr Doolittle, Little Women and Jojo Rabbit have been postponed in the country.

And Disney’s Mulan, which cost £200m to make, could follow suit.

Jeff Bock, senior analyst at entertainment research firm Exhibitor Relations, said: “When you talk about film making $1bn worldwide, you don’t usually do it without a big chunk of that total coming from China.”

The cancellation comes a week after rapper Stormzy cancelled five gigs in Asian countries battling the Covid-19 coronavirus.

bn worldwide, you don’t usually do it without a big chunk of that total coming from China.”

The cancellation comes a week after rapper Stormzy cancelled five gigs in Asian countries battling the Covid-19 coronavirus.

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