The new James Bond film No Time To Die could come out on Amazon Prime Video following a £6billion deal, The Sun reports.
Amazon recently bought Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayar for $8.45billion, giving the company access to the Bond franchise.
It will also get more than 4,000 post-May 1986 films and 7,000 shows, featuring famous characters including Rocky, RoboCop and Pink Panther. Amazon will also get a cable channel: Epix, which MGM owns.
Deal: The new James Bond film No Time To Die could come out on Amazon Prime Video following a £6billion deal
Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 is scheduled for release on September 30 after being delayed five times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mike Hopkins, head of Prime Video and Amazon Studios, has called MGM’s catalogue of content a ‘treasure trove’, which both companies plan to ‘reimagine and develop together’.
He said in a statement: ‘It’s very exciting and provides so many opportunities for high-quality storytelling.’
Amazon’s second-largest acquisition – after it bought grocer Whole Foods for nearly $14billion in 2017 – is aimed at boosting streaming services to compete against the industry giants Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max.
Franchise: Amazon recently bought Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayar for $8.45billion, giving the company access to the Bond franchise
But the rights to the 2,000 titles in the pre-May 1986 collection, which include classics like Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind, are still held by Turner and WarnerMedia.
It comes after Dame Judi Dench made her opinions of the latest Bond movies known when she said that Daniel Craig’s films were ‘gloomy’ in comparison to earlier plots.
Speaking on Esther Rantzen’s That’s After Life podcast, the award-winning actress, 86, revealed: ‘The script isn’t so funny, I know, I agree.’
Downbeat: It comes after Dame Judi Dench made her opinions of the latest Bond movies known when she agreed that Daniel Craig’s films were ‘gloomy’ in comparison to earlier plots
Judi played the character of M, who was Head of the Secret Intelligence Service in Ian Fleming’s popular novels, until she was killed off in Skyfall in 2012.
She also revealed in the new interview that she got emotional when filming her final Bond film – because she only got to spend one night in Scotland.
Speaking candidly on the podcast she said: ‘I cried because we were told we were going to Scotland for three weeks,
‘We went one morning, we filmed, and we were back on the 7:30 plane that night.’
Honest: ‘The script isn’t so funny, I know, I agree’ the award-winning actress revealed when she was asked if she thought the latest Bond films were ‘gloomy’
The release of the latest Bond film, No Time to Die, has been delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Now slated for release in September, the hotly-anticipated movie will have the world’s biggest premiere budget of £10 million for the long-awaited event.
It was claimed that those behind-the-scenes are keen to have the premiere take place in a large London stadium, like Wembley Arena.
Bowing out: Judi played the character of M, who was Head of the Secret Service in Ian Fleming’s popular novels, until she was killed off in Skyfall in 2012 (pictured with Daniel)
A source speaking to The Mirror claimed: ‘They think they can pull off the biggest in-person premiere of the post-pandemic era, and have already put aside a whopping £10million for an event in England that will signal the return of these kinds of flashy movie launches that everybody’s been missing for the last year.
‘They are looking at the biggest venues in London, starting with Wembley and going down from there, and have enquired about the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a US premiere.
‘MGM and the Bond team have never liked the idea of launching this movie without a red carpet event, which is one of the many reasons they’ve rolled with all the delays.’
Wow! The release of the latest Bond film, No Time to Die, has been delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic and now has the world’s largest premiere budget of £10million
The much anticipated blockbuster has seen its planned premiere pushed back multiple times due to the Covid pandemic, after originally being slated to come out in April 2020.
But following Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s announcement that the government hope to end all lockdown restrictions on June 21, it was reported in February that No Time To Die’s release has been brought forward to 30 September.
Reports surfaced about the release date change after Tom Linay, who is marketing company Digital Cinema Media’s Content Business Director, tweeted the news.
Exciting: The blockbuster has seen its planned premiere pushed back multiple times due to the Covid pandemic, and is now slated for release on September 30