James Bond fans snap up No Time To Die tickets within minutes of release, boosting cinema chain hopes


ames Bond fans rushed to buy tickets to see Daniel Craig‘s final outing as 007 on their release on Monday, in a welcome sign for hard-hit cinema operators after over a year of pain.

International chain Vue has over 870 screens in the UK. Bosses told the Standard they saw eager fans snap up their first Bond tickets just after midnight, and said sales have “got off to a really promising start”.

Fellow giant Odeon, which has over 950 screens in the UK and Ireland, said the release is another “significant milestone” in the sector’s recovery from the pandemic, which saw screens shuttered for months on end, the rise of movie streaming habits and the shortening of exclusive screen windows.

The most recent Bond blockbusters, Skyfall and SPECTRE, were the second and third-highest grossing UK box office slots in British cinema history.