Friday, January 13, 2012

James Bond Reaches 50

Bond girls Kurylenko (l.)
and Murino at CES
With the help of Bond girls Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Caterina Murino (Casino Royale), MGM and Twentieth Century Fox announced the release of "Bond 50," a collection of 22 James Bond films on Blu-ray, some for the very first time. The announcement came this week during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Also on hand for the unveiling were past Bond directors John Glen (For Your Eyes OnlyOctopussy and others), Michael Apted (The World is Not Enough) and Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, 2006's Casino Royale).

The boxed set will be available some time in the fall, likely coinciding with the release of Skyfall, the newest Bond flick starring Daniel Craig, Judy Dench and Javier Bardem. Skyfall opens November 29, nearly 50 years to the date after the first Bond film, Dr. No, made its debut.

Completists will quibble that this collection doesn't include every Bond movie--"unofficial" Bond films Never Say Never Again and the 1967 Peter Sellers-Woody Allen spoof Casino Royale will be noticeably absent--but with 22 films and 130 hours of bonus features, it's one impressive Blu-ray set.

"Bond 50" is available to pre-order now on Amazon.

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