(AFP) – The latest film in James Bond’s adventures, ‘Dying Can Wait’, kicks off on top of the road for its UK theatrical release on Thursday, with reviews won and record bookings.
This highly anticipated film, whose release has been postponed for 18 months due to the pandemic, is a welcome boost for cinemas, hard hit by successive lockdowns.
Theaters chain Odeon said it sold more than 175,000 tickets for the film within two weeks of going on sale.
For their part, Vue cinemas sold more than 270,000 tickets before the release and expect the film, the 25th James Bond and fifth and last with Daniel Craig as 007, to be the biggest success in the UK. United and in Ireland since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, in December 2019.
Odeon reported that about 40% of tickets are purchased by patrons returning to theaters for the first time since the pandemic, with more than a third purchased by moviegoers over 46, “showing the enduring popularity of the favorite spy of all. “
Besides this commercial success, “Dying Can Wait” has garnered rave reviews since the film’s premiere on Tuesday at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
“It’s better than good. It’s beautiful,” enthused the Times film critic, hailing the “moving portrait of an aging hero in the face of his obsolescence.”
This opus shows that the “007 franchise is still capable of surprising fans,” said The Guardian daily.
The tabloid The Sun hails stunts “simply spectacular, especially a scene involving a motorbike in Italy that you will watch while covering your eyes, intoxicated with fear”.
In the film, the character invented by the writer Ian Fleming is taken from his retirement to face his best enemies: Blofeld, the SPECTER organization and especially the dreaded Safin (Rami Malek).
Confronted with his intimate faults, the most famous agent in the service of His Majesty has the delicate mission of saving both the world and his family.
The film will be released on October 6 in France.