Upcoming James Bond outing No Time To Die has become the most expensive instalment in the British spy franchise after clocking up hundreds of millions of pounds in expense.
The troubled action flick is due to be released later this year and will see Mr Bond have his work cut out for him at the box office to recoup the cost of making the movie in the first place.
The 25th instalment in the 007 film series is due to be the swan song for Bond actor Daniel Craig who will be hanging up his tuxedo after playing the slick spy since 2006’s Casino Royale.
And the final outing for the 52-year-old blue-eyed actor has cost an eye-watering £200 million, according to accounts released by film production firm B25.
The price tag puts the new flick far ahead in costs in comparison to the past two Bond outings – with 2015’s Spectre costing £182 million and 2012’s Skyfall costing £138 million.
According to The Sun, the final cost of the movie was £199.5 million at the end of December last year-with the costs being calculated after filming wrapped last October.
The Sun also suggests the bill could have been £47 million more if not for a tax scheme that benefits filmmakers creating work at UK-based studios.
However, it is possible the costs of the film will continue to rise after the release of No Time To Die was moved from April to November.
Producers decided to shift the release of the film earlier this years as concerns over the coronavirus pandemic grew.
Movie bosses made the decision to shift the release from April to November, even before lockdown procedures were implemented, following “careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace”.
It is unclear how much money filmmakers will have been forced to splash by making fresh advertising and marketing materials for the new release date.
The troubled movie has been beset with problems throughout its production.
Original director Danny Boyle abruptly left the production in 2018 and he was replaced with American director Cary Fukunaga.
Rumours of bad writing shook the film leading to Fleabag writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge being drafted in to polish up the script.
Filming was delayed when Daniel Craig suffered an injury in a stunt gone wrong in May 2019 – while the set at Pinewood studios blew up in June 2019, ripping through the studio, ripping holes in the side of the building, blowing off the roof, and injuring the crew.
The film is due for release on 12 November in the UK.
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