Apple is reportedly the frontrunner in a new bidding war to land the 25th James Bond thriller, “No Time to Die.” The Cupertino firm is negotiating to land the film for its Apple TV+ streaming platform.
First reported by Binged, rumors are circulating that MGM has shopped the James Bond title starring Daniel Craig to streaming platforms for “insane amounts of money.” No solid report of how much the deal could be worth is available, nor whether it might include rights to previous Bond films
No Time to Die’s theater release had been scheduled for this year but has been pushed back until at least Easter 2021, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Binged reports MGM “is under tremendous pressure to sell the film to the highest bidder” with no sign of the current situation coming to an end anytime soon.
No Time to Die is one of the most highly anticipated Bond films in recent memory, as it marks the 25th film of the franchise, along with the fact that this will be Daniel Craig’s last outing under the “007” banner.
Longtime movie critic and screenwriter Drew McWeeny backed up the high-dollar rumor on Twitter.
I can't get my head around the idea that we may well see James Bond debut on Apple TV+ or Netflix. The numbers I've been hearing the last few days are I N S A N E…
— BooMcScreamy (@DrewMcWeeny) October 22, 2020
Earlier this year, rumors circulated that MGM had held preliminary discussions with Apple, Netflix, and other large media companies to measure their interest in a possible acquisition.