At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the guests at the James Bond Directors' Panel - guests that included directors John Glen (Licence to Kill), Martin Campbell (GoldenEye), and Michael Apted (The World is Not Enough) as well as actresses Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Caterina Murino (Casino Royale) - made a special announcement regarding the franchise's future on Blu-ray.
This year, MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will bring the Bond 50 collection to Blu-ray. Commemorating the iconic spy's fiftieth anniversary, the box set includes twenty-two Bond thrillers - including nine never-before-released on Blu-ray - beginning with Dr. No and ending with Quantum of Solace.
Though the exact technical and supplementary specifications are still unknown, MGM and Fox's official press release notes that the films have been "produced using the highest possible picture quality and audio presentation...with more than 130 hours of bonus features including some new and exclusive content."
While the two studios have not yet set a street date, MGM's Senior Vice President Michael Brown told CES that "[Bond 50] is a great way for fans to catch up on 007's epic journey before Skyfall hits theaters" on November 9th, 2012.
Bond 50 is available for pre-order at Amazon for $199.99.
I already own the Craig films but will probably pick up the whole box set. Hopefully, Fox isn't stubborn and releases the other 9 films separately for those who've been waiting to finish their collection the last two years. Its already too bad for anyone that picked up the 3-Film box sets, but it'd be especially sad for the individual release collectors.
Don't know what to say... love to have all on bd but when I all ready got the first 11 films buying them all again is not what I am very interested in!. They better release these separately!!!!!!!!!!!!
If each movie in this set is only $10, that makes the set $220. I am thinking this set will be $199. To me, that's worth it to own every Bond film thus far. Like the box art. I currently own all the available individual releases. Looking at Amazon now to trade-in.
For those of us who own the 13 individual Bond movies which are out right now on Blu-ray, if you trade all of them in on Amazon under "Like New" condition you'll get about $55 bucks, depending on which versions of Casino Royale you own.
I'm looking at doing it as I would like the box set. However I have the UK version of Casino Royale, which is very nice and I may keep that as it is one of my favorite movies.
It doesn't say, and pardon my ignorance, as I'm unaware of the exact number of Bond feature films (if I did, I imagine the answer would be obvious), but will this set include Casino Royale or Never Say Never Again? Fox did work with WB to include Blazing Saddles in their Mel Brooks box set, so clearly Fox is willing to work out deals to release sets featuring films owned by different studios.
1. Dr. No (1962-Sean Connery)
2. From Russia With Love (1963-Sean Connery)
3. Goldfinger (1964-Sean Connery)
4. Thunderball (1965-Sean Connery)
5. You Only Live Twice (1967-Sean Connery)
6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969-George Lazenby)
7. Diamonds Are Forever (1971-Sean Connery)
8. Live and Let Die (1973-Roger Moore)
9. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974-Roger Moore)
10. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977-Roger Moore)
11. Moonraker (1979-Roger Moore)
12. For Your Eyes Only (1981-Roger Moore)
13. Octopussy (1983-Roger Moore)
14. A View to a Kill (1985-Roger Moore)
15. The Living Daylights (1987-Timothy Dalton)
16. Licence to Kill (1989-Timothy Dalton)
17. GoldenEye (1995-Pierce Brosnan)
18. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997-Pierce Brosnan)
19. The World is Not Enough (1999-Pierce Brosnan)
20. Die Another Day (2002-Pierce Brosnan)
21. Casino Royale (2006-Daniel Craig)
22. Quantum of Solace (2008-Daniel Craig)
23. Skyfall (November 2012-Daniel Craig)
•Casino Royale (1954-Barry Nelson)
•Casino Royale (1967-David Niven & Peter Sellers)
•Never Say Never Again (1983-Sean Connery)
•Goldeneye (1989) & Spymaker (1990), films about the life of Bond creator, British author Ian Fleming
of course there will be individual versions at some point. I mean gimme a break. no way I would sell all the ones I already own. I can wait it out no problem. very disappointing if they don't offer the individual titles at the same time.
btw: odds of individual cases inside that set=0% imo
Ya, I already picked up the 11 currently available for 6.99 each about 2 years ago. I think I'll wait for the individuals. The resale value for the previous editions will be nothing, and I doubt the PQ has been upgraded to warrant a double dip. Cool package and all, but we wanted this 3 years ago...
Also love how the trailer is mostly Craig in his 2 films... he has 5 times the closeups of anyone else. Not really the way to sell 50 years, more like selling the past 5. I'm in anyway, Had them all on VHS, then Laserdisc, then DVD...
"130 hours of bonus features including some new and exclusive content." Hmmm ... works out to about 6 hours per film, which isn't far off from what most of the current films offer, considering each has 2 commentaries (figure 4 hours), several featurettes (at least an hour in total) and a bevy of trailers and sometimes radio spots (20 minutes?) ... The holy grail would be getting Sean Connery involved in extras or a commentary ... we can only hope! Aside from that, MGM must be producing some new extra content, or really mining the vault because previous releases were packed. Like many of you, I'm prepared to sink $200 into buying Bond for the 4th time -- I really hope MGM delivers on the extras.
Looks like it's time to retire the UE DVD's that I kept. Hopefully all the extras from the previous releases will be ported over, especially from the Casino Royale Collector's Edition. But I'm going to hold off pre-ordering this until I get more information about it such as special features, release date, etc.
Let's hope that they finally correct the framing issues with GoldenEye and A View to a Kill like they corrected the contrast issue with Live and Let Die on the UE DVD when it was released on BD.
What's funny about this is.. It's a big promo for the series in HD. And the trailer is in 480p. No HD trailer?
I'm interesed to see whatever happened to the special edition of Quantum of Solace. Was supposed to come out awhile ago, then shelved when MGM ran into money problems. Will that be in here? Hopefully available as standalone, too.
I would love some day for them to release a comprehensive box. One that includes *ALL* of Bond. Including 1967 Casino Royale, 1983 Never Say Never Again, and 1957 Casino Royale. EON/Danjaq gained the rights to ALL of this stuff, so they can release it if they want to.
I'm going individual releases. I want the Connery ones, some of which are out. I own the Craig ones. So over time I will buy all the ones featuring Connery, Dalton, and Brosnan. "Goldeneye" is one I've been waiting a LONG time for. I don't really like Lazenby or Moore.
Like 30% of the posts here are whining about "I hope they will get separate releases; I hate to double dip!".
Well, why WOULDN'T they (eventually at least) release them individually? *shrugs*
I thought you people would get helluva lot more excited. Even I, who never really was a Bond fan, am fairly excited.
And also despite the LQ silly nonsense trailer for the set.
They finally release all Bond on BD and you complain... Tsk, tsk.
Throw your previous Bond movies away or stash them and buy this set!
You're not the only ones who are victims of double/triple/quadruple dipping.
Oh yeah... I'm buying this box set day one. It's jacked up though how MGM jerked around the owners of the previous box sets. Their being almost forced to buy this box set just to complete their Bond BD collection...That's dirty as Hell. Money don't grow on trees...
The only Bond title I have in my collection is the collector's edition of the terrific Casino Royale with Daniel Craig. I deliberately held off buying any of the existing editions of the other titles, figuring a big box set such as this was a foregone conclusion. I just placed my preorder for the classy-looking Bond 50. Patience is a virtue.
MikaLove: I agree about the title. "Bond 50" sounds very chic, in a retro-1960s kind of way. How fitting.
1) I first bought all the available Bond titles on laser disc.
2) Next I bought a couple of the first Bond DVD box sets but one was out of print.
3) So I bought the Chinese DVD import box collection which had every Bond title available at that time.
4) Then I bought the four-box set of all of the cleaned up Bond DVD titles.
5) More recently, I bought all the current individual Blu-ray Bond releases.
6) If I buy this boxed set, I will have sextuple dipped. (Is that even a word?)
MGM has definitely milked me for a lot of bucks over the years for Bond. Probably could have bought my own Aston Martin, fully armed.
I've got the first four Connery films in the steel book editions. I may keep those, but the set will be tempting (especially if we eventually see a "gold box" deal or something). Never cared for the silly Moore films, but I may pony up anyway.
GregBlu5: That reminds me of my history with Kubrick's 2001. A VHS, two laserdisc editions, two DVD editions, and finally the superior BD. Not to mention the numerous times I saw the film in its original road show presentation on the Cinerama screen (even though it wasn't real Cinerama). So it goes. For me, Connery and Craig are the best Bonds, which kinda bookends this whole thing.
How many of the Bond films are currently available on Blu-ray? I see mention of 11 above, but I count 13: _Dr. No_, _From Russia With Love_, _Goldfinger_, _Thunderball_, _Live and Let Die_, _The Man With the Golden Gun_, _Moonraker_, _For Your Eyes Only_, _License to Kill_, _The World is Not Enough_, _Die Another Day_, _Casino Royale_, and _Quantum of Solace_.
I will likely buy the box and sell my individual copies, unless it turns out that the box has lousy packaging (as the previous multi-disc Bond Blu-ray sets did). Slim cases, MGM, please...
Mikalove-- you gave yourself away a post or so ago-- "you never really were a Bond fan". That's why you don't get the frustration. Yeah, we're all gonna bit-- up a storm about buying the movies again... and ultimately we'll bite the bullet and open our wallets.... again.
I will gladly go to my local Moviestop, trade in all 13 of my individual Bond blu-rays and put that credit towards the Bond 50 box. I may have to take a week off from work when this comes out so I can fully immerse myself.
Looks like a great set in spite of not including the comic "Casino Royale" (w/Woody Allen) and Connery's "Never Say Never Again". I started reading the books when I was in junior high school and couldn't wait for each new one to be released in paperback. Loved the early movies too. When "Goldfinger" was released, they also re-released "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love" on a double-bill. And I also think the recent remake of Casino Royale was fantastic.
But having said all that, I don't think the older films hold up very well anymore, especially the attempts at humor. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" would probably hold up the best, since that was a more serious film and a very loyal film treatment of the book.
So this set will be obsolete as soon as Skyfall releases. Wonder if I should get it or not. I hate buying boxsets that aren't "complete". It's hard to tell these days when a francise is done. Just look at Rocky, Rambo, and Die Hard. Just when you think they're done with a series another one comes along 10 years later and ruins things.
Mikalove, I think Roger has the coolest pose in the cover but his face wasn't the best selection. The lamest Bond is the one in the far right, Timothy Dalton, look how short he is compared to the others, his pose is the worst, and his facial structure is the most dissimilar.
SO glad I resisted the temptation to pick up the currently available BD releases when they'd go on sale...I figured MGM was "cleaning house" in anticipation of a major release. I do have Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace already, but whatever. $200 is a steal for 20 Bond flicks.
Actors ranked (quality of respective films NOT taken into consideration, simply actor's portrayal):
Top 3 Bond flicks:
2) Casino Royale
3) From Russia With Love
Worst 3 Bond flicks:
22) Die Another Day
By the look and size of the case, i'm thinking this set will be like the Planet of the Apes set. With 23 total discs I highly doubt there will be individual slim cases.
The Planet of the Apes set was basicly a big book which unfolds to show all the discs. Also sort of like the Alien box set. This "book" will be contained in a large box to hold it. I'm sure there will be lots of nice color photos. Again, just what I am thinking this set will be like.
To upgrade or not to upgrade? No question about it!
This is the 50th Anniversary afterall and making the set something of a collectors centerpiece for fans (35 years now for me) despite not including films coming out every 2-4 years down the road. If this were any other series I wouldn't care about the big birthday and would just wait for the individual movies I like the best and skip the ones that would otherwise sit in a drawer to be overlooked (granted even 007 has a few of those for the most dedicated fan). But having this on display or on a bookshelf instead of the DVD drawer will be nice for those that have looked at the character beyond the need to compare actors and just enjoy the entire ride beginning with Fleming's books through the films that are only a part of a much bigger picture than the "Connery is better than Moore" rhetoric.
007 is a one-dimensional character made complex in a multi-dimensional world of parallel authors, dozens to hundreds of parodies and homages, toys from the kitsche to uber-cool, thru the films themselves. It can be assembled and enjoyed in so many different ways, or simply digested in individual bites now and again. No action or adventure series from Tarzan to Superman to Bourne can even begin to compete with the variety and relative depth that Bond provides. A world with only Connery OR Moore OR Craig would only bring the series "down" to the level of Die Hard or Dirty Harry (fine and fun films, but far, far from being a universe)...in fact those films along with the supposedly superior Bourne films exist only because of Bond and are pale reflections when put up to the mirror. Those wannabees are more enjoyable films because they dance along the edge of 007's world and the rules we automatically process them through. They succeed when they know their place (Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol was particularly on the button) and fail when they try to be "serious" but come up well short of being Harry Palmer or George Smiley (yes, I'm talking about that pretentious hack and shaky-cam enthusiast Paul Greengrass and his "Casino Royale copied me" stand-up routine - and Matt Damon as 007? - not a chance!).
SIDEBAR: The 40th Anniversary was kind of cool but was undermined by the Where's Waldo film they ended up with. Which means they've had 1 other notable promotion at 25 (VHS!) and now here at 50. I remember 25 vaguely - but can hardly call an upgrade from VHS milking. If the next good summary is at 75 years I think I can handle having 8ish movies "out of the box" in the meantime and then upgrading one more time if I'm still alive: brain implant I imagine will be the format at that point.
I was pretty conservative with only 6 of those in the new box on BD of which I would discount the bare bones Quantum Of Solace in that count and Casino is a first generation BD (my first purchase before I actually bought a player) - so I really can't complain about a reissue of the others even if they are byte for byte the same discs. But even if I had the lot-to-date, the pre-order prices are not unreasonable for the rest. I think Fox is splitting the difference pretty fairly between early adopters and those that held out. The pre-order price makes it a pretty good deal for nearly everybody (but I suppose I'm lucky to be right at that sweet spot of $8 per film that I don't have to make this not sting a little).
The films were upgraded to 4K as detailed in the documentary provided on the first 2 DVD 5-movie sets: making them digital big screen cinema ready from what I understand. How those masters are ported out to the various media options and their technical capabilities/capacities is something of a different matter...and one that I have no expertise or interest in talking about except to say that it would be cool to take advantage of them someday and put them in theatres for some lucky markets around the world. I've been very happy with the BD's I've bought except for the soundtrack to For Your Eyes Only which was impossible to balance properly - I sold that one for what I paid and am hopeful (but not expecting) they'll fix it.
Returning to the issue of double-dipping: first I'd point out that upgrading from one format to another can hardly be counted. So the 20 film DVD set to the 22 film Blu Ray set is a non-starter argument. If you're happy with the DVD's (or some part therein) then remain happy with them (as I am with the first two South Park BD season sets I chose the DVD price point instead - something that is pretty much irrelevant today). If you experience the obvious upgrade for movies like Goldfinger and Live and Let Die as I have and enjoy the panoramic environment of 007 films as much as the action, then this seems like a no brainer to upgrade.
But as to the actual double-dipping of BD to BD. First, Blu Ray was an infant in 2006 when Casino Royale was released and was at war with HD DVD. This was not a market ready for a 20 film franchise to try and out maneuver with a new theatrical release to worry about too. And money that is made from films from one campaign is simply not tied to the future campaigns. Different partners, different markets, different customers - it all starts over every time. It's not a single continuum of profit that started in 1962. And look at how long Star Wars waited for BD. I personally saw the DVD sets as simply a justified way to pay for the preservation process of the film series (especially Spy Who Loved Me thru the end of the Moore years) and wait for the right time to release the high def editions later - I'm perfectly content with having played my small part at the time and consider it a worthwhile investment to make the BD quality we can enjoy now possible. By the time BD won out and got solid legs under it, it would have made sense to ride it out to the 50th anniversary anyway...but let us not forget that in the succeeding years of the first 007 BD wave(s) the bottom fell out from under MGM and all of the home video rights got tied up along with the ability to get a third Craig film under way. This all just got settled a few months ago afterall. Now, it just kind of seems that not doing a 50th Anniversary Box Set would be more of an injustice/insult than favoring picking up the tattered remains of the last campaign - a mismanaged one at that.
about time but I have all the others that been released so . Hopefully they r going to release them separate. Even if the box looks kick ass. Its cheap per movie when u think of it the set so mayb i will just sell my old ones . I really like having a box set looks cool and all.
@AKORIS: I'm a huge Terminator fan and I own several copies of both movies.
But that doesn't mean that I will by every edition that comes out. I haven't bought the BD versions yet, because I regard them as garbage. Nor have I bought several other titles either, because the transfers aren't good enough yet. I'd rather hold out than waste money. It's up to us consumers if we buy the movies or not.
One thing I personally dream of, is all the movies based on Astrid Lindgren's children's books, on splendid Blu-ray. I have bought two titles, but they made no effort to make it in true HD. So I'm not buying the other released titles, even if it hurts. But why buy something you aren't going to be happy with and when not all titles are available?
Buying the BD editions won't make me happy; rather annoyed and depressed and will make the wait seem like an eternity, because there is nothing certain about those releases to come true.
To me, there is an infinite amount more of magic to the Astrid Lindgren movies than most other movies. I have it all on DVD. You can't imagine how hard it is to not see any releases around the corner. And especially not as well treated as these action flicks have been. It's not fair. But now you can at least buy them! So why not just stop complaining! You're not a victim just because you buy all the editions, are you? If I buy movies like crazy, I have no one else to blame but myself. And if the movie companies are greedy, it's not because of this issue. But other things. Think about it for a while.
@LetoAtreides82: I'm not sure if I think it's the coolest pose. But at least I don't think Moore was the weakest Bond, even if I myself rather associate Moore with The Saint. You're right about Dalton being the weakest Bond. I haven't seen the latest ones yet with Craig, but I am not very fond of him in general...
It's also odd how they placed the actors. It's not in the order of how many movies they were in, nor is it chronological. It's very random.
With 9 Bond BDs already in my collection it will be individual purchases for me too, but this looks like an excellent set, and at an excellent price, at least for those in the UK. I'll be adding YOLT, OHMSS, TSWLM and TLD. As big a Bond fan as I am I don't need the turkeys cluttering up my collection, so I'll be staying clear of DAF, OP, AVTAK and the Brosnan era titles.
They certainly feature Daniel Craig a lot in their trailer for this set! Love the Bonds, but I love the way the existing DVD special editions are set up on the discs. I have the blu rays and quality is great, but the menu options and varying quality of the features is all over the place and in some cases doesn't include all the great extras the DVDs had.
RUMOR has it that the set should include all of the existing 2-disc DVD (and BD) extras as well as some newly-created and exclusive include all of the existing 2-disc DVD (and BD) extras as well as some newly-created and exclusive content!!
I'm soooo freakin happy about this, now all i have to do is get rid of Casino and Quantum and my Ultimate Edition DVD sets that I held onto for just this reason. Trailer does suck tho, too much Craig. This will be a day one purchase! Like my screen name says, its all about BOND! Been a fan my whole life, keep the Ian Flemming story in my DVR, for years now. One guy up top ranked films, had the 3 worst listed as Moonraker, Octopussy, and Die Another... I must say that I agree somewhat, Moonraker was not a good film but the opening sequence is awesome, Octpussy, if I had a RM favorite, that would be it, 1st Bond movie I ever saw! Die Another...absolutely a bad film. I would put On Her Majesty in the list of worst tho, I see some folks actually liked it here in the comments, but I thought it was the worst of all of them. My favorite actor is a little tougher, Timothy Dalton is my guilty pleasure, he was way ahead of his time with the character, what Craig is doing today with Bond, was done 20 years ago with Dalton. Anyway I digress, this is an awesome set and it is the best news I've gotten in a while. May Bond go another 50!
I have the DVD box sets, but will definitely get this 50th Anniversary Collection. Will undoubtedly sell off my DVD sets to a good friend of mine who doesn't have a BD player [and doesn't want to]. I can do better cash deals with him than trading to a used vid store. I should be able to get at least half the money I'd need for it that way.
I wonder, If that box pic is the real one, I'm betting that the movies are in 3 stacks with BD cases of some sort.
Maybe, a book included? Won't know till they reveal more info.
Anyone know why "Never say Never again" isn't included?? According to Wikipedia, "On 4 December 1997, MGM announced that the company had purchased the rights to Never Say Never Again from Schwartzman's company Taliafilm. The company has since handled the release of both the DVD and Blu-Ray editions of the film"
Any other James Bond films being left out of this set? Thanks in advance.
-->The Wizard, I believe it is because "Never Say Never Again" is the only one not produced and owned by the Broccoli family (Eon Production). That movie was released a few months after Broccoli's "Octopussy" in 1983. It was a remake of Broccoli's "Thunderball," which was one of the only Fleming Bond novels at the time which Broccoli did not retain exclusive rights to. Although MGM now holds the rights to it, I doubt you will ever see it included in the same boxed sets as the Broccoli produced movies.
at $200, if you only bought it for the nine unreleased films, you'd only be paying a little over $22 per film, and if they released the newer titles individually you'd be paying roughly the same amount (pending sales prices etc).
I'll buy separate. Not for nothing I hope they're going to finish the 3 movie releases. It's really starting to get annoying the way these companies release incomplete sets and than change the way they release them or never release the other parts. For example bad boys2, Lethal weapon 2 & 3, karate kid 3, Ghostbusters 2.
I purchased the box sets already and would really like to just get the ones that I don't already have, but if that is not an option then it looks like I'll be begging the wife to approve this purchase.
@Shawn1968: You're right about that. There are far more haters than "lovers" on Imdb. In all ways. A very unpleasant place in that sense. I wouldn't recommend a kid going there. Again, I'll say that Imdb should need to be properly cleaned up.
Nice - I already have all of the ones available so I will hold out for individual releases for the missing ones but this is a great deal for fans yet to pick any up and a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the EON Productions films!
"I'm glad I held off on buying the other bond films "
this is such a dumb comment to make...
just wait for this new box set to include identical, repackaged discs of the films that have already been released
The art scheme of this box even looks the same. Seems like they're just continuing on with their previous releases, putting them all together in a box set for someone who wants them all at once, and I'm sure they will be available for those of us who picked up the earlier releases.