Former Bond girl Valerie Leon has insisted No Time To Die should not be streamed online after the film was delayed yet again by another six months.
The upcoming James Bond blockbuster was previously slated to be released on April 2 after already being hit by several changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Valerie, 77, took part in a debate on whether the film should be streamed and insisted cinemas will ‘die’ without major films.
Opinion: Former Bond girl Valerie Leon has insisted No Time To Die should not be streamed online after the film was delayed yet again by another six months
She said: ‘I disagree totally that they should be streamed. The franchise is so special, so special. The anticipation of waiting for it to be released in the cinemas.’
Fellow actor Mark Ebulue who also took part in the debate and disagreed, saying: ‘I think we need it now, the demand for these movies to be seen and consumed are higher than where or how we see them.’
But Valerie, who appeared in Never Say Never Again in 1983 alongside Sean Connery, believes cinemas could ‘die’ if blockbusters are simply given to streaming services.
Asked if she misses going to the cinema amid the pandemic, she said: ‘Yes, enormously.
New date: The upcoming James Bond blockbuster was previously slated to be released on April 2 after already being hit by several changes due to the coronavirus pandemic
‘The cinemas will die if they don’t have major films in them. This pandemic will end at some point.’
Valerie played the unnamed Lady in the Bahamas in Never Say Never Again where she flirted with Bond, with the pair ending up in bed together.
It comes after the news that No Time To Die is delayed again, meaning fans will have to wait another six months to see the latest movie in the spy franchise.
A new date for the movie was shared on the film’s official Twitter account, revealing the latest expected date is October 8, 2021.
Valerie said: ‘I disagree totally that they should be streamed. The franchise is so special, so special. The anticipation of waiting for it to be released in the cinemas’
The film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, was originally scheduled for release in April 2020, but was pushed back to November before the release was changed once again to April 2021 in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
It had already been speculated that the film would be pushed back again when Dutch publication BN DeStem recently claimed that, according to cinema owner Carlo Lambregts, the movie would be delayed to November.
Deadline also reported that promotional partners had already been informed that Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 is poised to change release dates.
Role: Valerie played the unnamed Lady in the Bahamas in Never Say Never Again where she flirted with Bond, with the pair ending up in bed together
No Time To Die is the 25th film in the franchise, and finds Bond after he has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica when his old friend Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, from the CIA turns up asking for help.
Leaving his seemingly happy life with Madeleine (Lea Seydoux), Bond returns to the field to face Safin (Rami Malek) who is armed with a new dangerous technology that could impact the world.
Producer Barbara Broccoli has already teased what fans can expect and said that the movie will deliver a satisfying ending for Daniel’s Bond.
Changes: The movie was previously supposed to come out on April 2, however its original release was supposed to be in April 2020 (pictured Daniel Craig)
Speaking on the official James Bond podcast, she said: ‘It’s a culmination of everything that his portrayal of the character has been through and it ties up all the storylines. It’s a pretty epic film, I have to say.’
After pushing the film’s release back to April 2021 in October, MGM quashed rumours about whether it was thinking of offering the film to streaming services for a $600 million one-year licensing deal.
‘We do not comment on rumors. The film is not for sale. The film’s release has been postponed until April 2021 in order to preserve the theatrical experience for moviegoers,’ an MGM spokesperson told Variety.
Delays: Deadline reported promotional partners have already been informed the film is poised to change release dates (pictured Lea Seydoux)
Not coming soon: MGM quashed rumours in October last year about whether it was thinking of offering the film to streaming services for a $600 million one-year licensing deal
Bloomberg had reported that Netflix, Amazon and Apple had all been approached about the possibility of the movie being offered up for Premium VOD.
However, according to Deadline.com, none of the streaming services were willing to put up more than half the amount the studio was seeking.
Lead actor Craig did defend James Bond producers’ decision to delay the premiere of the new film in October last year.
Speaking on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Craig said: ‘This thing is just bigger than all of us. We want to release the movie at the same time all around the world and this isn’t the right time. So fingers cross April 2 is going to be our date.’
The new release will be Craig’s final outing as the spy after landing the role for 2006’s Casino Royale. He has also starred in Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
During his last ever Bond interview for GQ magazine in March 2020, the actor candidly discussed his anxieties over the script and admitted feeling ‘physically very low’ was the reason behind the upcoming film’s five year delay since Spectre.
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He told GQ magazine: ‘I was never going to do one again. I was like, “Is this work really genuinely worth this, to go through this, this whole thing?”
‘And I didn’t feel… I felt physically really low. So the prospect of doing another movie was just, like, off the cards. And that’s why it has been five years.’
Craig said that the ‘physicality’ of Bond is “a preparation, in a way”, because he would not get the script beforehand.
‘It’s making my head go, “This is what it’s going to be”.’
Trying to prepare for a role in one of the most popular film franchises in modern cinema without a script also caused him to have anxiety.
The man in the white mask: Rami’s Safin seems to be heavily scarred and covering much of his face in a scene from the hotly anticipated release
He said: ‘I have suffered from it in the past. I have suffered because it’s been like, “I can’t cope. I can’t deal with this”.
Looking ahead to life after Bond, Craig – who is married to actress Rachel Weisz – said that his future may involve ‘having another kid, maybe just being older’.
Meanwhile, last year, actress Lea Seydoux gave fans an idea of what to expect in No Time To Die ahead of its release.
She described her character’s relationship with Bond as ‘a modern love story’, explaining fans will see a completely new side to the agent, as Bond settles down with Dr. Madeleine Swann after retiring from active service.
Speaking on the Official James Bond Podcast, Lea explained why it was so important to see Bond fall in love again after having his heart broken by Vespa (played by Eva Green) in 2005’s Casino Royale.
What to expect: Actress Lea Seydoux teased that No Time To Die will show a new side to Bond after he settles down with Dr. Madeleine Swann after retiring from active service
She said: ‘I think that it’s also because of Bond and we needed Madeline to tell Bond’s story I mean it was important to see Bond in love again because he had this relationship with Vespa but she betrayed him.
‘But this time I think she’s the real love in a way, I think it’s really the film is a love story it’s a story between the two of them so it’s very unusual for a Bond film to see James Bond in love right? And I think it’s quite modern in a way.
‘In this film it’s even more psychological and more emotional and I think that it’s something that Daniel as James Bond created with this character.
‘He created a character that is more vulnerable and who has flaws and I think that’s what we like as an audience and it’s true that James Bond is like a… it’s not a real world right? But what we like is that in this world we can relate to the characters.’
Holding out: The film was originally scheduled for release in April 2020, but was pushed back to November before the release was changed to April 2021 due to the COVID-19 crisis