The long-awaited 25th James Bond film will be screened in a brand new IMAX theater, the largest IMAX in the world, located in Leonberg, Germany. The MI6 agent action film was shot entirely on film, featuring the Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2, 40 minutes of IMAX cameras and the rest in Super 35mm ARRIFLEX, including drone shots. Full details are below.
The world’s largest IMAX display is scheduled to open to the public on September 30 at the Traumpalast Multiplex in Leonberg, Germany. Measuring 21.03 meters high and 38.16 meters wide – the record-breaking screen will rightly begin with the premiere of James Bond’s latest entry, “No Time to Die”, featuring footage shot on IMAX cameras. According to IMAX, the theater will feature revolutionary IMAX laser technology as well as IMAX’s 12-channel sound technology with new side and overhead channels that deliver increased dynamic range and precision for the ultimate in audio immersion. The screen of the 574-seat IMAX at Traumpalast also weighed over 500 pounds, another IMAX record, and had to be painted by a specially designed robotic arm.
The film was shot with IMAX’s 15/70 mm cameras by director Cary Fukunaga (who insisted on filming on celluloid). “No Time to Die” features 40 minutes of exclusive IMAX extended aspect ratio. The film is Bond’s first entry to be shot with IMAX cameras. All other 007 films were shot in Super 35mm and have been converted to IMAX. This time, the decision to focus on a large format was strategic, which posed serious challenges during production. Production used the IMAX 9802, ARRI 765 and Panavision Panaflex 65 for the huge canvas. This was supplemented by ARRIFLEX in order to present the most beautiful celluloid masterpiece to the public.
The majority of “No Time to Die” was captured in 35mm anamorphic on the Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2. For the large format aspect of the dialog boxes, the Panaflex System 65 was used. This was due to the very noisy IMAX cameras which are not suitable for filming intimate scenes (Read: IMAX Movie Making: What Is It Like To Shoot With An IMAX Camera?). Fukunaga was aiming for the huge canvas and therefore tried to use large format (65mm) cameras as much as possible. Next, production used the ARRI 765 to replace the 65mm Panaflex as it was not available on the set during the later stages of production.
The ARRIFLEX 765 is a 65mm camera created by ARRI in 1989 after 6 years of development. The goal was to design a 65mm cinema camera, with low noise capabilities to accommodate synchronized sound productions and similar ergonomics to 35mm cameras, to meet the growing demand for large cinematography. format. Thus, the ARRIFLEX 765 has become the logical alternative to the IMAX when quieter camera operation is required. We wrote about this beast and its features and technological advantages of shooting for IMAX, but with less noise (= sound) and with more user-friendly ergonomics (Read: ARRIFLEX 765: The camera behind “No time to die”). Therefore, the ARRI 765 was used for filming dialogue, however, it replaced the Panaflex 65 in the later stages of the photography principle for “regular” scenes that demanded the large format look.
In ‘No Time to Die’, the production used ARRIFLEX 235 on the aerial action sequences. This was achieved with the help of masters of aerial cinematography, MX2 Pursuit. We’ve talked about these guys before in the context of their abilities to fly an ARRI 535B with a 1000ft magazine. As XM2 Pursuit stated: “We used the ARRI 235 on No Time To Die on the primary and secondary units. The XM2 team traveled across Europe including England, Scotland and Italy with the Tango aircraft filming high-action stunt footage, chasing vehicles and working in coordination with the air unit. (Read: Aerial shot: lifting an ARRI 535B armed with a 1000ft loader). Below is a BTS photo of the ARRIFLEX 235 film camera on a drone.
To sum up, here are the cameras (and lenses) that shot the film:
- ARRIFLEX 235, Panavision C, E and G Series lenses
- ARRIFLEX 435 ES, Panavision C, E and G Series lenses
- ARRIFLEX 765, Zeiss 765 lenses (some pictures)
- IMAX MKIV, Hasselblad lenses (some scenes)
- IMAX MSM 9802, Hasselblad lenses (some scenes)
- Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2, Panavision G Series Lenses
- Panavision Panaflex System 65 Studio, Panavision Sphero 65 Lenses (some shots)
No Time to Die will premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London on September 28, 2021, followed by its theatrical release on September 30, 2021 in the UK and October 8, 2021 in the US. Check it out in the biggest theater you can find!