Coronavirus – the new James Bond film, and other events affected by the outbreak
March. 06, 2020
The new Bond movie has been delayed by seven months. One of the world’s biggest motor shows has been clamped. Superstar footballers in Italy play to empty stadiums.
James Bond has been “shaken, not stirred” ever since he first burst on to the screen in the 1960s. But now even Ian Fleming’s famous spy has been put on ice by COVID-19.
The premiere of No Time to Die , the latest in the movie franchise, was set for 31 March. It has now been delayed until November.
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The last Bond film, 2015’s Spectre, took $880m at the box office . Cumulatively, it’s thought the outbreak could cost the global movie industry as much as $5 billion .
No Time to Die’s debut is far from the only major event that’s been cancelled or postponed as the world responds to the global spread of the virus. Nor are the movies the only industry that will take a hit in revenue – forecasts predict a drop in global GDP of around 0.2% .
Expos and conventions
In Switzerland, the Geneva Motor Show – which was anticipating 600,000 visitors and a host of hotly anticipated launches across its eight days – has been permanently parked . Olivier Rihs, the show’s managing director, has described a “ two-digit million loss ” following the decision to cancel.
The London Book Fair, one of the largest events in the publishing world, has also been called off .
The big, and as yet unanswered, question on everyone’s lips is, how will COVID-19 affect the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer? The Games have only ever been cancelled on three occasions – the wartime years of 1916, 1940, and 1944.
At a recent press conference, Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, said: “Neither the word ‘cancellation’ nor the word ‘postponement’ was even mentioned” at a recent meeting of the IOC executive committee.
Even if the Games go ahead, the possibility remains that some countries may decide not to participate, or that individual athletes might stay away.
Switzerland has temporarily suspended its top two football leagues , so clubs can discuss their preferred response to the spread of coronavirus.
In Italy, football matches continue to be played – but behind closed doors. Spectators will not be allowed back inside the grounds until at least 3 April , and some matches have been postponed to later in the season.
Museums and attractions
A number of major tourist attractions and cultural events have also been cancelled, closed, or postponed.
Disney has shut several of its sites in Asia, including Shanghai Disney Resort, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea . And a number of Japan’s highly popular cherry blossom events have been closed, including Tokyo's Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Festival .
In South Korea, guided tours of the historic Gyeongbokgung Palace have been suspended until further notice.
Milan’s famous opera house, la Scala, has suspended all performances . In Paris, the Louvre Museum, which had almost 10 million visitors last year, was also temporarily closed. It has now reopened .
And across the whole of France, all indoor events with more than 5,000 attendees have been closed during the outbreak.
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