EON Productions, IMAX Corporation, MGM Studios and Sony Pictures have announced today that the currently filming 23rd official James Bond movie Skyfall will be released in IMAX theaters later this year.

Hitting both domestic and international IMAX venues, Skyfall becomes the first James Bond movie to ever be released in the IMAX format.

The move comes after the huge success of Brad Bird’s blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was released in IMAX cinemas last December after being partially filmed with IMAX cameras and took an astonishing $670 million worldwide. With The Hunger Games and The Dark Knight Rises expected to boost IMAX theater numbers this summer it is no real surprise that Sony and MGM have decided to the same way with their most anticipated Bond movie in eight years.

You can read the full press release announcing Skyfall’s release in IMAX over at Coming Soon.

In Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. The film stars Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench, Helen McCrory, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney and Ola Rapace.

The 23rd Bond film is coming October 26th in the UK but not until November 9th in the US. And now we know in IMAX!

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This article was first posted on February 23, 2012