‘Skyfall’ to become first James Bond film to be released in IMAX

By Daniel S Levine,

Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond series, will become the first Bond film to be released in IMAX, Sony, MGM and EON Entertainment announced Thursday.

In the announcement, the studios said that the film will be released simultaneously in IMAX on its international release on Oct. 26 and its US release on Nov. 9. Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officers of MGM said in the statement that it will be a “fitting” way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bond franchise. “...We celebrate in epic style and what could be more larger-than-life than IMAX joining the festivities,” Barber and Birnbaum said.

ComingSoon.net reports that the decision follows the surprising success of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’s IMAX release. It also means that Skyfall will join The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games as major IMAX releases for 2012. Like The Hunger Games, Skyfall is not being filmed with IMAX cameras and will just be converted to fit the IMAX format.

While this is great news for Bond fans, the best part of the announcement might be that it is the first time any elements of the film’s plot have been revealed. In the announcement, the studios say that Skyfall centers on Bond’s loyalty to M, played by Judi Dench, being tested as her “past comes back to haunt her.” MI6 will be attacked and it will be be 007’s job to stop it.

The film is being directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, with Daniel Craig returning as Bond. Other actors joining the cast include Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris. Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan wrote the script.

This has been a big week for Skyfall. On the official Bond Facebook page, a new photo of Dench on the set was posted Tuesday. The first video blog was also posted online. You can watch that video below:



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