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‘No Time To Die’ makes £5m in first day at UK box office

It has also secured the UK's "widest theatrical release of all time"

By Nick Reilly

Daniel Craig at the Bond premiere
Lashana Lynch, Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux and Cary Joji Fukunaga attending the World Premiere of No Time To Die, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. (Picture: Alamy)

Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond, No Time To Die, has reportedly raked in £4.5m-£5m on its first day in cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

It has defied several Covid-related release delays to secure the massive opening day, which is higher than that of 2015’s ‘Spectre’.

According to the film’s producers, it has also secured the UK’s “widest theatrical release of all time”. It opened in 772 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Thursday (September 30) – beating the previous record held by 2019’s ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’.

Describing the huge opening day, film editor Charles Gant told the BBC it would be a “massive relief for cinemas”.

He added that the film doesn’t necessarily have to “match Spectre and Skyfall”, which both made more than £95m in total at UK and Irish box offices.

“It just has to land in the Casino Royale (£56m)/Quantum Of Solace (£51m) lifetime ballpark – and there is now every sign that it will. If it does that, it points the way ahead for the cinema sector, and shows that, post-Covid, we can still have blockbuster hits.”

It comes after Bond star Lashana Lynch graced the cover of Rolling Stone UK’s first ever issue, and explained how she channelled “micro aggressions” faced by Black women in the role.

Speaking about her time on the film, Lynch recalled her own lived experiences informed the character of Nomi – who is thought to play a major role in the iconic super-spy’s latest adventure.

“I wanted to really think about the micro aggressions that Black women have to handle in these spaces and how that can manifest as anxiety. That’s what made the most sense to me. Because I don’t want our young Black girls to think that these superheroes are out here just being slick, because they’re not.

“She goes home, she’s got her washing to do, she lives on her own and she’s lonely. She’s taken up this responsibility which is very awkward, very uncomfortable and it’s a lot! It’a a lot, what these people do… She’s literally risking her life every day.”

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