China, Japan and South Korea are big markets for Bond.  With cinemas being closed there and the infection rates climbing in the US and the UK this is a sensible move.

The release of the new James Bond film, No Time To Die, has been put back by seven months.

It was tracking as one of the biggest releases of the year in the US, the UK and China so any enforced closure of cinemas would have seriously hurt the movie.  Fears over large gatherings even without enforced closures could have likewise hurt.

The announcement comes days after the founders of two 007 fan sites called on the film studios to delay its release.

It will now come out in the UK on 12 November, and in the US on 25 November.