A diehard James Bond fan’s daughter is asking that her father with terminal pancreatic cancer get a private screening of No Time To Die before he passes away.
The latest 007 film featuring a return from actor Daniel Craig is slated to hit theaters in October.
Dorset, England native James Millar, 57, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after experiencing back pain and abrupt weight loss. Tragically, the cancer has already spread to his liver, lungs, and bones and his condition is too weak for treatment. He was just recently told he has weeks to live.
hared her pops’ “Bond’s Cottage,” which is filled with 007 memorabilia, and made a plea to the studio to allow her dying father to have his last glory moment.
My dad is a lifelong James Bond fan. But he's been given weeks to live at the age of 57, and he won't make it to the #NoTimeToDie release date. Please can anyone help? I've made a video for more detail. Cc @007 @UniversalPics pic.twitter.com/MViAnvsIge
— Remy Millar (@remymillar) June 21, 2021
“When you’re hit with a terminal diagnosis and given weeks to live, life and what happens beyond it (for both the one leaving and those staying), is all you can think about,” Remy said to Variety.
“With a diagnosis like my father’s cancer, the joys of life [have] been taken away – taste, smells, movement, comfort, freedom, possibility, spontaneity,” she expressed. “What I want to give for my dad is a couple of hours of respite, where he can suspend reality and lose himself in the franchise he has passionately loved and followed and immersed himself in for all of his 5 decades.”
No Time to Die was set to be released in April 2020 but has been delayed due to the pandemic. It is now scheduled for Oct. 8.
Variety contacted producers and the film’s international distributor Universal Pictures for comment and hopefully there will be a good outcome to this story very soon.
Challenges to Screening for Pancreatic Cancer
It’s often difficult to diagnose pancreatic cancer early. By the time patients visit a doctor with symptoms, the disease is often too advanced to treat. Since the pancreas is in the abdomen, it’s hard to tell issues specifically within the pancreas. Only about 20% of individuals with pancreatic cancer will qualify for surgery.
“By the time individuals walk into the clinic with symptoms like jaundice, weight loss, back pain, or diabetes, it’s often very late in the stage of the disease,” Dr. Anirban Maitra from MD Anderson Cancer Center tells SurvivorNet.
Each year in the United States, about 53,000 patients get pancreatic cancer, “And unfortunately, most will die from this disease within a few months to a year or so from the diagnosis,” he says. “And the reason for that is that most individuals, about 80%, will actually present with what we called advanced disease, which means that the cancer has either spread beyond the pancreas or into other organs like the liver, and so you cannot take it out with surgeries.”