Bond. Big Bond: SKYFALL Headed to IMAX; More Movies to Get Early IMAX Releases

     February 23, 2012


The new James Bond film, Skyfall, will be headed to IMAX.  It will be the first film in the franchise to go IMAX and will be release simultaneously with the film’s November 9th release date (October 26th internationally).  It should be noted that Skyfall is not being shot in IMAX.  It’s being blown up to meet the larger screen size.  The trade-off is that while Bond gets bigger, he also gets more pixilated (at least in the movies I’ve seen; other people don’t see this problem).

In other IMAX news, THR reports that IMAX plans to be part of more early release windows like they were with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.  However, there’s no word on whether or not Skyfall will be one of those early releases.  Hit the jump for the press release regarding Bond’s move to the really, really big screen.

james-bond-skyfall-movie-image-daniel-craig-01-imaxHere’s the press release:

IMAX Corporation, Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that the long-awaited next chapter in the famed James Bond franchise, SKYFALL, will be released in IMAX® theatres simultaneously with the film’s international release on Oct. 26, and its domestic release on Nov. 9, 2012. This is the first IMAX installment of the iconic Bond film franchise.

In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

SKYFALL marks the return of Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007, as well as Judi Dench reprising her role as M. The film also stars franchise newcomers Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem and Naomie Harris. The film is directed by Sam Mendes from a screenplay written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producers.

“SKYFALL will be the cool, must-see event release of the fall, and releasing the film in IMAX only reinforces that,” said Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution.

“It is fitting that with SKYFALL marking the 50th Anniversary of the James Bond franchise, we celebrate in epic style and what could be more larger-than-life than IMAX joining the festivities,” said Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officers of MGM.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of this legendary franchise, whose iconic characters and electrifying action will only be amplified in the IMAX format,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “We are excited to rejoin forces with our friends at Sony Pictures Entertainment and MGM and so pleased to work with Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, and Sam Mendes to bring their vision to IMAX and Bond fans around the world.”

The IMAX release of SKYFALL will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.


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  • Alex–

    Maybe it’s being shot in digital and that will make up a little for the loss in pixels?

  • Alex–

    Actually I’m now certain Skyfall has been shot in digital. Don’t know how they will be running that on the imax projector but the extra definition of digital should make it look good on the big big screen.

    • Alex–

      I take this comment back apparently it’s being shot in 35mm
      Saying that, Sucker Punch didn’t look bad at all on IMAX and that was shot in 35mm too.

      • Nomis1700

        Indeed. Even 35mm films look good in IMAX. Still a little bit a disappointment that so far we know, nothing is being shot with IMAX…

    • potterboy

      Alex – there’s a set photo of a clapper stating that it’s shot 35mm, but some of the other set photos, where it shows Roger Deakins holding the camera(like the last set photo that arrived this week), the camera ha ARRI written on it. and doesn’t ARRI mean it’s an ARRI ALEXA camera(which Deakins loved using in IN TIME). so could this be shot digitally and also on film? i’m confuse. what are your sources?

  • stylus59

    The gods have blessed us.

  • jmac698

    It’s being shot in 4k digital and Imax.

  • Mark Rock


    4k Digital isn’t Imax. Dark Knight Rises is the only true Imax one left. IMAX is like a huge 4:3 movie. When it’s converted, even into some glossy digital 4k, it’s like watching a 2:35:1 movie on a full screen TV. Just watch Skyfall, and you’ll see two fat bars on the top and bottom of your huge IMAX screen. It’s a scam. It’s fake IMAX. When you factor in those bars it’s not that much bigger than the theatre next door. Imax should make the projection people blow up all the locations to full screen. GO BIG OR GO HOME!

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