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Apple and Netflix Discussed Acquiring ‘Bond’ Movie for Streaming

  • ‘No Time to Die’ has seen theatrical delays due to Covid-19
  • MGM says film ‘not for sale’ as it’s bound for cinemas in 2021
A woman walks past a poster for the new James Bond movie "No Time to Die" in Bangkok on Feb. 28.

A woman walks past a poster for the new James Bond movie "No Time to Die" in Bangkok on Feb. 28.

Photographer: Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. held discussions with Apple Inc. and Netflix Inc. about taking its new James Bond film directly to streaming, according to people familiar with the situation, but the studio says it’s committed to a theatrical release.

The film, “No Time to Die,” could fetch hundreds of millions of dollars in a potential streaming sale, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions were private. MGM declined to comment on any talks, but said the film “is not for sale.”