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Closing credits... how Covid-19 threatens the future of cinema

As multiplexes close their doors and the release of the latest Bond movie is postponed, Paul Whitington asks what we would miss without the big screen

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Delayed: Daniel Craig playing James Bond in No Time to Die, the release of which has been pushed back to next year

Delayed: Daniel Craig playing James Bond in No Time to Die, the release of which has been pushed back to next year

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Delayed: Daniel Craig playing James Bond in No Time to Die, the release of which has been pushed back to next year

When Christopher Nolan's Tenet was released in August, he was to cinephiles the equivalent of a knight on a shining white charger who emerges from the dust and mud of a battlefield holding aloft a victorious banner. In short, he represented hope for an industry rocked to its core by Covid-19.

Cinemas across the world had been mostly closed since March, and those that had tentatively reopened in the summer had attracted only small audiences.

The problem was, they had nothing to show. All the big 'tentpole' movies around which a cinematic summer is built were nowhere to be seen, with Top Gun: Maverick, A Quiet Place Part II, Black Widow, Godzilla vs Kong, Candyman and Pixar's Soul all deferred until the winter or next year.