“Bond 25,” which started shooting this week in Norway, will be the first James Bond film shot in large-format, with Oscar-winning cinematographer Linus Sandgren (“La La Land”) using both Panavision and IMAX 65mm cameras. A leaked image (via @ImAFilmEditor) and footage from a remote lake near Oslo confirmed the presence of an IMAX camera attached to a Voltstack electric generator.
IndieWire has learned that “Bond 25” (now with the working title “Eclipse”) will be shot primarily in Panavision but with action sequences reserved for the special IMAX treatment. Both director Cary Fukunaga (“Maniac,” “True Detective,” and “Beasts of No Nation”) and DP Sandgren have a fondness and flair for shooting on film, so this is no surprise. It will certainly elevate the visual splendor with which cinematographer-turned-director Fukunaga excels. He has carved out quite a reputation for imaginative camera moves, and this first-time teaming with Sandgren (who made quite the IMAX lunar splash on “First Man”) should make for a stunning fifth and final outing for Daniel Craig as 007.
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“Bond 25″ co-stars Léa Seydoux as “Spectre’s” Dr. Madeleine Swann, with Fukunaga intent on finishing the arc Craig began with “Casino Royale.” But it has not been confirmed if “Bohemian Rhapsody” Oscar winner Rami Malek has been signed to play the baddie, or if Billy Magnussen (“Maniac,” “Game Night”) will be portraying a CIA operative.
After Danny Boyle and writing partner John Hodge departed “Bond 25” over a script dispute with producers Barbara Broccoli, Michael Wilson, and Craig (rumored to involve “killing” Bond), Fukunaga joined the project and franchise writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade returned to tweak the script. Then a last-minute rewrite from Scott Z. Burns (“The Report,” “Side Effects,” The Bourne Ultimatum”) pushed back the start of production as well as its release date from Valentine’s Day to April 8, 2020. “Bond 25” will be distributed in the U.S. by United Artists Releasing, a joint venture of MGM and Annapurna Pictures.
Meanwhile, “Bond 25” will be joined by two other high-profile movies shot in IMAX in 2020, both from Warner Bros.: Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman 1984” (June 5th, shot by Matthew Jensen) and Christopher Nolan’s untitled mystery-thriller (July 17, described as “North by Northwest” meets “Inception”). Yet it’s unconfirmed if DP Hoyte van Hoytema (“Dunkirk,” “Interstellar”) will be reunited once again with Nolan.