James Bond’s 50th anniversary delivers 23-disc box set
James Bond 50 years on film A special-issue Omega watch, a Royal Mail stamp series, an Activision video game, an exhibit of 007's vehicles and retrospective screenings from five decades of the franchise -- these are some of the ways the iconic James Bond is celebrating its 50th anniversary.hollywood Updated: Jul 11, 2012 12:58 IST
James Bond 50 years on film A special-issue Omega watch, a Royal Mail stamp series, an Activision video game, an exhibit of 007's vehicles and retrospective screenings from five decades of the franchise -- these are some of the ways the iconic James Bond is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Perhaps the ultimate commemoration of Ian Fleming's suave and sexy super spy 007 will be BOND 50, the box set of the complete 22-film library to be released for the first time on Blu-ray this September 24 in the UK/Europe and September 25 in North America. The 23rd film in the series, Skyfall, hits theaters November 9.
In addition to the collection of films, from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace, the sleek deluxe package includes more than 130 hours of bonus features with exclusive content, including the debut of nine Bond films previously unavailable in high-definition Blu-ray.
BOND 50 provides two new pieces that highlight the history of 007: The World of Bond focuses on the agent's signature style and attitude -- cars, gadgets, women, villains and music; Being Bond profiles the actors who portrayed 007 -- featuring portrayals of the famed role by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. Additional material includes behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew commentaries, in-depth interviews, exotic locations, music videos, memorable moments from daring stunts to humor, and trivia from the Bond Universe.
The set retails for US$186.28. Each disc holds from three to nine hours of content with commentary by the directors of the feature films (Terrance Young, Guy Hamilton, John Glenn and others) and cast and crew, featurettes, photos, trailers, TV spots, deleted scenes, opening titles sequences, music videos, and more:
Disc 1: Dr. No
Disc 2: From Russia with Love; animated storyboard sequence
Disc 3: Goldfinger; screen tests and interviews with Sean Connery
Disc 4: Thunderball
Disc 5: You Only Live Twice
Disc 6: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Disc 7: Diamonds Are Forever
Disc 8: Live and Let Die; features commentary by Roger Moore
Disc 9: The Man with the Golden Gun
Disc 10: The Spy Who Loved Me
Disc 11: Moonraker
Disc 12: For Your Eyes Only; music video by Sheena Easton
Disc 13: Octopussy; screen tests with James Brolin, music video
Disc 14: A View to a Kill; Duran Duran music video
Disc 15: The Living Daylights; a-ha music video
Disc 16: License to Kill; music videos by Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle
Disc 17: GoldenEye; music video by Tina Turner
Disc 18: Tomorrow Never Dies; Sheryl Crow music video and theme by Moby
Disc 19: The World Is Not Enough; Garbage music video
Disc 20: Die Another Day; MI6 Datastream Trivia Track
Disc 21: Casino Royale; "Becoming Bond," Chris Cornell music video
Disc 22: Quantum of Solace; "Another Way to Die" music video
Disc 23: Skyfall video blogs, special features "Being Bond" and "The World of Bond"
Watch a trailer for the box set: