This year James Bond fans witnessed the final outing for Daniel Craig’s version of 007 in No Time To Die. The film was delayed from the beginning of 2020 until September 2021 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Now the film has been out almost a week, fans have already ensured it is one of the most successful EON Bond movies of all time.
This week Vue reported “unprecedented numbers” of punters arriving at screens to watch Craig’s final foray as the hero.
The cinema chain previously announced the film had sold 370,000 tickets ahead of its release last Thursday.
Following this, a number of screenings sold out over the weekend, beating two of the franchise’s previous instalments.
Vue announced today No Time To Die’s admissions beat both Spectre and Skyfall’s opening weekends.
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Vue added No Time To Die is on course to become “one of the most successful UK releases of all time”.
Territory General Manager for Vue UK and Ireland, Toby Bradon, said: “It’s been great to see so many enthusiastic film fans come back through the doors for No Time To Die, showing that the magic of the big screen is alive and well.
“We anticipated several customers coming back for their first visit since we reopened in May, but early figures are suggesting that Daniel Craig’s Bond farewell could turn out to be one of the all-time cinema smash hits.”
The chain’s report claims over half of all tickets sold over the weekend were to cinemagoers who were returning to the cinema for the first time since it had reopened.
Bradon praised the film, saying: “Our customers have told us that the film really is one of the great Bond stories, and with so much post-film discussion inevitable, we hope to see plenty more people coming to experience it in the ultimate seat, screen and sound this week to switch off and get lost in the thrilling story for themselves.”
After No Time To Die brought Craig’s 007 to a resounding close, all eyes are on EON and who they may enlist as the next cinematic super-spy.
The ongoing, ever-changing odds have recently been in the favour of Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page.
Although, he hasn’t claimed the role just yet. He is in the running alongside Tom Hardy, of Venom fame.
Craig himself was asked who he thought ought to be Bond next at the No Time To Die world premiere.
The 53-year-old bluntly responded: “Not my problem.”
When asked if he would miss the franchise after being 007 for 15 years, he replied: “Sure, yeah.”
Craig was also quizzed over whether he would “do a Sean Connery” after leaving the series.
Connery famously said he would never return to the series, before playing Bond again ten years later.
To this, the British star replied: “Nope, definitely not.”
James Bond No Time To Die is in cinemas now.