Rumor: Could We See the Bond Franchise Get an IMAX 3D Upgrade?
The name's IMAX, 3D IMAX. Where do they go next after blowing up the box office? James Bond's Skyfall, during the Bond franchise's 50th anniversary year, went on to earn a massive $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide. They've released all 23 films on Blu-Ray, held conventions and exhibits around the world, now what? But of course - 3D. There's a rumor originating from Bleeding Cool today (via Collider) hinting that we might just see Dr. No, the original Bond movie, in IMAX 3D sometime soon. All based on breadcrumbs found around the web, starting with the Taiwanese Blu-ray 3D re-release of the movie (cover teased above).
The site found a Blu-ray listing for a Dr. No 3D re-release for sale here and listed on Blu-Ray.com. While it is a bit odd to see just Dr. No getting an apparent 3D version without anyone hearing, they also noticed that a listing has been added on the Moviefone database for "Dr. No: IMAX 3D". Again, not any confirmation by a long shot, mostly speculation based on clues. A few months ago during the release of Skyfall, producers Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson responded to a question about 3D Bond hesitantly (via Screen Rant):
"I think [it's] probably more [about] what you want to do [if you want 3D or not]. I think more in horror and science fiction, stuff like that. I think [those kind of movies are] more suited to 3D than [Bond], really. We're in IMAX, which we're very excited about and I think that experience will be great. Not quite ready for 3D yet."
Key words there - not quite ready. So if anything, these clues could just be mixed up listings, and it could all be a hoax for now. Or, possibly, Dr. No is their test run for 3D and they're going to see how it looks and how it does on IMAX 3D first, before doing more of them. Last year during their 50th anniversary, Dr. No was often touted as the headliner at many retrospectives and marathon screenings of Bond films. It's the original Bond film and a perfect test run for 3D, even though I'd prefer to keep Bond the way it was originally shot. Then again, we did just see Disney/Lucasfilm postpone all of their 3D conversions of the original Star Wars movies, but that's to focus their efforts on the new trilogy. Only time will reveal where they take 007 next.
For now, this is just a rumor created by the internet. There are some possible hints, but nothing official yet though we're waiting to hear more details. Would you go see Dr. No if it was released in IMAX 3D?