Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Comprehensive James Bond boxed set planned

ArtsBeat reports: To celebrate Bond’s golden anniversary, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and 20th Century Fox’s home entertainment division have announced that they are planning to sell a boxed set called Bond 50, celebrating 50 years of the spy-movie franchise and containing Blu-ray versions of the 22 canonical James Bond films that have so far been released, starting with Dr. No (1962).

That tally includes nine movies that have not previously received a Blu-ray release (like You Only Live Twice). Presumably, this set will not include Never Say Never Again, the 1983 Connery film that was not made by Eon Productions, the studio responsible for the Bond series, nor the 1967 comedy Casino Royale, that starred David Niven as James Bond and Woody Allen as his nephew Jimmy Bond. (It also does not include the coming Bond film, entitled Skyfall.)

This special collection also includes more than 130 hours of bonus features (with some new and exclusive content) all packaged up in one super-sleek collectable box set.

No official release date or price was given by MGM and Fox, though amazon.co.uk said the "Bond 50" boxed set would be available on Oct. 1 at a price of £89.99 (about $140).

A trailer for "Bond 50" can be seen below:

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