'Spectre' in IMAX: James Bond's Next Adventure Going Jumbo-Sized

Friday, 27 March 2015 08:11 Written by  iamrogue
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'Spectre' in IMAX: James Bond's Next Adventure Going Jumbo-Sized

007's next globe-trotting, womanizing, collateral damage-filled adventure, Spectre, is following in Skyfall's super-sized footsteps.  The twenty-fourth official entry in the evergreen James Bond franchise is coming to the enormous IMAX format.

Spectre is still in production, but Sony, MGM, and EON Productions are turning up the hype-machine in a huge way, unveiling the first teaser trailer today, and IMAX took the opportunity to announce that Daniel Craig's steely blue eyes will once again be projected five stories high.

Skyfall utilized the mega-format and became the highest-grossing 007 movie on the books, as well as the ninth highest-grossing worldwide release of all time, so it's not exactly surprising that Spectre is taking its cue from its immediate predecessor.

Unlike, say, Interstellar, The Dark Knight, and the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Spectre is not utilizing IMAX cameras on select sequences.  It is, however, being shot on film, which is increasingly rare and extra-interesting because Skyfall represented an unusually lush, visually stunning use of the now-ubiquitous digital format.

The MVP of that last movie, cinematographer Roger Deakins, isn't back this time, but Mendes has enlisted the services of Interstellar and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy director of photography Hoyte Van Hoytema to shoot this sequel. Many things helped Skyfall set a high-water mark in the half-century cinematic history of Ian Fleming's libidinous spy, but Deakins' contribution can't be overestimated.

We're psyched to see what Hoytema can do with the exotic locales and gorgeous people of Spectre, however, so we're on the edge of our seats waiting for today's teaser trailer.  Stay tuned for that this afternoon.

Spectre opens in stateside theaters on November 6th following its UK debut on October 23rd.

Here's the full IMAX press release:

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (IMAX), Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that SPECTRE, the twenty-fourth installment in the James Bond franchise, will be released in IMAX® theatres globally on Nov. 6, 2015.

In SPECTRE, from director Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig returns as the iconic British spy James Bond 007. Joining Craig are returning cast members Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q, along with a new cast, including Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux.  SPECTRE is produced by Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, from a script by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with IMAX for the next installment in the James Bond franchise. This is a spectacular way to deliver a film as anticipated as SPECTRE to global audiences,” said Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MGM.

“After the record breaking global success of SKYFALL, we’re thrilled to bring the next chapter in this legendary franchise to fans in 2015,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We look forward to working again with our friends and partners at MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment, as well as Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Sam Mendes, to present their latest Bond picture in the epic way that only the IMAX Experience can deliver.”

Rory Bruer, president, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “Everyone around the world loves James Bond and SPECTRE is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2015. The perfect complement to Bond is IMAX – it’s exciting to know that Bond will once again be taking his place on the IMAX screen, reinforcing SPECTRE as the movie event of the fall.”

The IMAX release of SPECTRE 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.

For more information about SPECTRE, visit Sony Pictures’ official website at www.sonypictures.com.

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