Blame it on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, but Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures announced last Thursday that Quantum of Solace, the second Daniel Craig-led James Bond film, will be pushed back a week to November 14, 2008, due to the decision to push Harry Potter back to mid-2009.
“We saw the film recently in London and Marc Forster, Daniel Craig and the entire team at EON have truly delivered another extraordinary Bond adventure,” said Jeff Blake, Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for the Columbia Tristar Motion Picture Group.
“Quantum of Solace is a seamless continuation of the storyline that began with the last film. We believe November 14th is a great date that allows us to play straight through Thanksgiving and right into Christmas. The Bond films have a long history of entertaining audiences in this holiday corridor going back to Goldeneye in 1995. The studio enjoyed tremendous success opening Casino Royale in North America on November 17, 2006, and we believe this decision will give the public a wider opportunity to see the film over the holiday.”
I can’t imagine anyone getting too upset about this. A week is not a long time in the world of movies, and anyone who actively gets upset about this, has some underlying problems to address.