Director Cary Joji Fukunaga has said he can't move on from No Time To Die until it's in cinemas and insists "the film will come out when it's right".
The highly-anticipated spy thriller has been pushed back twice now, and the 43-year-old filmmaker behind Daniel Craig's swansong has said it won't feel like "the film's journey is complete until it's been shared".
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal newspaper, he said: "I have never been able to predict how people react to something I've made ... It could fly or completely fall. It doesn't change how I view the film. God, I have no idea whether people have an appetite for that or not right now.
"It doesn't feel like the film's journey is complete until it's been shared. Until then, it's a secret ... I've never seen it with an audience. I would love to watch it with an audience the first opportunity I get ... And that will probably be the next time and last time I see it."
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Fukunaga said that the delay to the movie means little in the grand scheme of things, adding: "There were a couple of hours of 'F**k, it's not happening'. And then pretty quickly, I mentally moved on... I was at peace with it.
"I think they made a very smart decision to be one of the first to say out loud, 'This is a big thing. We're moving the film.' Because a lot of people were in denial. Some still are."
"I look at it unemotionally right now... There are so many bigger things happening. I have friends who are losing businesses, restaurants, and other friends who have lost family members."
"The film will come out when it's right, and it will perform in the context of this new world, in which no one really can define what success or failure means."
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of NO TIME TO DIE, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April 2021 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience. pic.twitter.com/NqHlU24Ho3— James Bond (@007) October 2, 2020