Cue the lights, cue the music and grab the popcorn… the heat is on for a chance to see James Bond’s latest movie thriller on the day it lands in the UK – but listen carefully: if you’re reading this message, your hopes of an early ticket may self-destruct.
Tickets (from £7.99) for the debut day of No Time to Die (Cert 12A), Daniel Craig’s fifth and final Bond outing, at Stroud Vue in Merrywalks are already being snapped up by 007 aficionados, the first slot being midnight to 3.10am screening on Thursday, September 30th.
But while insomniac fans of the world’s most famous spy appear to be busy snaffling the earliest viewings, don’t panic: Stroud’s cinema is currently listing purchase options until Thursday, October 14th.
Seats can be booked online, or by visiting the venue. And for staff at the Stroud cinema, the arrival of the world’s most famous spy in what promises to be a tumultuous finale to Daniel Craig’s portrayal of the role, couldn’t be better timed.
In fact, 007’s arrival coincides with new research from Vue that shows one in four people in the South West have returned to the big screen since restrictions eased in May, and almost half of all cinema-goers in the region have been back.
Susan Cobb, General Manager at Vue Stroud, told Stroud Times: “It’s been great to see more and more customers returning to the big-screen experience over the last few months, and now that the biggest cinema moment of the year, No Time To Die, is on the way, we look forward to welcoming back more film fans who may not have been here for a while, to immerse themselves in the experience.”
Findings from the second stage of Vue’s Fulfilment Report, in conjunction with research agency Kokoro, show anticipation is building for No Time To Die, as out of the line-up of new films coming up this year, cinema-goers are the most excited about the 25th Bond outing.
Viewers also can’t wait to see Bond up on the big screen, where it belongs, says Vue, as according to newly released industry research, 40 percent of cinema-goers have cited missing the flicks as their main reason for returning.
So what’s the plot? The fifth and final appearance of Daniel Craig as the iconic MI6 agent sees Bond come out of retirement to help an old friend from the CIA. Inevitably, he is led onto the trail of a mysterious, masked villain armed with dangerous technology known only as Safin (played by Rami Malek of Bohemian Rhapsody and Mr Robot fame). Adding to their combined star quality, Craig and Malek are joined by Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, and Naomie Harris as Moneypenny.
For tickets, preview footage, and all information, go to myvue.com.