Rumor: Could We See the Bond Franchise Get an IMAX 3D Upgrade?

February 18, 2013
Source: Bleeding Cool

Dr. No in 3D

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 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?

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I've never even seen a 3D movie and I'm over 3D movies.

福 赐 天上 on Feb 18, 2013


Some of them are absolutely worth checking out. I would absolutely suggest to at least pick a good one to see what you might be missing. The 3D for Avatar, Dredd and Life of Pi truly did add to the visual spectacle of those films in a great way. I'm all for seeing the right films in 3D in a theater...I don't 'get' 3D for home viewing though.

Chris Groves on Feb 18, 2013


Well, Moviepass doesn't work for 3D films, so...

福 赐 天上 on Feb 18, 2013


So you'll never pay to even give a 3D movie a try? Kind of close-minded of you.

Chris Groves on Feb 19, 2013


I can't afford to be open minded. Tell you what. If you're that concerned, paypal me the money and I'll go see a 3D film tonight.

福 赐 天上 on Feb 19, 2013


Jeesh, you must REALLY love film...

Chris Groves on Feb 19, 2013


I love a lot of things *shrug*

福 赐 天上 on Feb 19, 2013


Don't forget Promethues. Best 3D movie I've ever seen. They did it right in that film but I'd still say that 3D is a shitty cash grab with most films.

Jon Odishaw on Feb 19, 2013


Yeah, the 3D in Prometheus was great...too bad the last act wasn't. But unfortunately, 3D is usually just a money oriented decision and it doesn't have the proper commitment of all parties involved, whether it be lack of interest/effort from the director, lack of time for the conversion, lack of experience in shooting/converting the format, etc etc. It's another aspect of filmmaking that can go just as wrong as a badly done special effect or script...and only special films do it right.

Chris Groves on Feb 19, 2013


You didn't miss anything. (except the upcharge) It's more distracting than it is enveloping.

avconsumer2 on Feb 19, 2013


It could happen...

DAVIDPD on Feb 18, 2013


James Bond and 3D are two things that should not be mixed. I just don't see it.

Nielsen700 on Feb 18, 2013


What a bullshit idea. How about just re-releasing them in theaters as is. I'd LOVE to see some old Bond flicks on the big screen, but I have absolutely no interest if they're in pointless 3D.

grimjob on Feb 18, 2013


IMAX? Very yes. 3D, I can take or leave it.

OfficialJab on Feb 18, 2013


Wait. Why? Dr. NO in 3D? Sure. Do "Casalbanca" next. And maybe after that, "Citzen Kane" in 3D. I'm sure the deep focus shots and the other ones with forced perspective will be augmented by the third dimension. Yaay. Imagine Kane saying "Rosebud" with his lips popping out toward the audience, with snow falling in the foreground. On a serious note, why?

Krishna Shenoi on Feb 18, 2013


Ah, it appears the Bond people are hoping their loyal fans are just as gullible and stupid as George Lucas followers. 'Let's fiddle with our old stock, add a few new special features, then market them as a new product.' Keep drinking the Kool-Aid, people.

Corpse Bride on Feb 19, 2013


IMAX - do it. Any form or fashion of 3D... no thanks. If it's IMAX 3D, count me out.

avconsumer2 on Feb 19, 2013


I absolutely loathe 3D. I'd rather wait to see a movie on the small screen than see it in 3D. 3D is overblown, annoying, and gives me a headache. Sucks.

woodge on Feb 19, 2013


Happy April's fool...what? is February?

TOONFED on Feb 19, 2013


Anybody suggesting this should be put in prison. DEATH TO 3D

jayjuler on Feb 20, 2013

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