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‘Bond 50’ Brings All 22 James Bond Films Together For The First Time On Blu-ray
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Bond 50

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the James Bond film franchise, and with the long-delayed Skyfall (watch the first trailer) finally in production and set for worldwide release in November, MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment are marking the golden occasion by releasing all 22 original Bond adventures, from Dr. No – the movie that started it all – to 2008’s Quantum of Solace, in one massive Blu-ray box set called Bond 50.

You can check out the full special features list for Bond 50 here below.

Among the 22 films in the box set 9 are making their Blu-ray debut. Each disc will include one of the 007 movies along with several hours of supplements, including audio commentaries, deleted scenes, screen tests, documentaries, and promotional materials. In addition there will be a 23rd disc that includes The World of Bond, a feature that brings together five decades’ worth of Bond style, women, music, villains, and weapons in one exhilarating montage, Being Bond. For Being Bond, each of the actors who’s played the role of Bond since the series’ inception – Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig – return to reflect on the challenges of playing Ian Fleming‘s iconic superspy and how it has impacted their lives and careers. The bonus disc will also include video blogs from the making of Skyfall.

All in all, this looks like a solid that Blu-ray collectors and James Bond fans will eat up, but the only disappointment I could see is the lack of extra features on the Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace discs. The individual Blu-ray of Quantum has a greater deal more bonuses. The Casino Royale disc, on the other hand, has pretty much the same features on the already-released Blu-ray but the three-disc 2008 collector’s edition DVD had far more extras than the Blu-ray and most of them have never been upgraded to high-definition. The new box set would have been a good time to rectify that error, but oh well.

The only other things missing from this set are a complimentary martini (shaken, not stirred) and a toy replica Walther PPK.

Here’s the bonus feature breakdown for Bond 50:

Special Features:

· DISC ONE— Dr. No (Over 3 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director Terence Young and cast and crew
o 6 Featurettes
o Original Theatrical Trailer, TV and radio spots
o Photo Galleries

· DISC TWO— From Russia With Love (Over 3 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director Terence Young and cast and crew
o 2 Featurettes
o Animated Storyboard Sequence
o Original Theatrical Trailer, TV and radio spots
o Photo Galleries

· DISC THREE—Goldfinger (Over 5 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director Guy Hamilton
o Commentary with the cast and crew
o 3 Featurettes
o Original Screen Tests with Theodore Bikel and Tito Vandis
o Original Theatrical Trailer, TV and radio spots
o Original Publicity Featurette
o Original Radio Interviews With Sean Connery
o Photo Galleries

· DISC FOUR—Thunderball (Over 6 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director Terence Young
o Commentary with Editor Peter Hunt and Screenwriter John Hopkins
o 4 Featurettes
o Original Theatrical Trailer, TV and radio spots
o Photo Galleries

· DISC FIVE—You Only Live Twice (Over 4 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director Lewis Gilbert and cast and crew
o 4 Featurettes
o Animated Storyboard Sequence
o Original Theatrical Trailer, TV and radio spots
o Photo Galleries

· DISC SIX—On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Over 4 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director Peter Hunt and cast and crew
o 4 Featurettes
o Original Theatrical Trailer, TV and radio spots
o Photo Galleries

· DISC SEVEN—Diamonds Are Forever (Over 4 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director Guy Hamilton and cast and crew
o 3 Featurettes
o Deleted Scenes
o Original Theatrical Trailer, TV and radio spots

· DISC EIGHT—Live and Let Die (Over 7 hours of content)
o Commentaries with Director Guy Hamilton, Roger Moore and Tom Mankiewicz
o 3 Featurettes
o Original Theatrical Trailer, TV and radio spots
o Photo Galleries

· DISC NINE—The Man with the Golden Gun (Over 5 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director Guy Hamilton and the cast and crew
o Commentary with Roger Moore
o 2 Featurettes
o Original Theatrical Trailer, TV and radio spots
o Photo Galleries

· DISC TEN—The Spy Who Loved Me (Over 5 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director Lewis Gilbert and cast and crew
o Commentary with Roger Moore
o 3 Featurettes
o Original Theatrical Trailer, TV and radio spots

· DISC ELEVEN—Moonraker (Over 5 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director Lewis Gilbert and cast and crew
o Commentary with Roger Moore
o 4 Featurettes
o Original Theatrical Trailer
o Photo Gallery

· DISC TWELVE—For Your Eyes Only (Over 7 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director John Glen and the cast and crew
o Commentary with Roger Moore
o Commentary with Producer Michael G. Wilson and crew
o 4 Featurettes
o Animated Storyboard Sequences for Snowmobile Chase & Underwater
o Music Video performed by Sheena Easton
o Deleted Scenes and Expanded Angles
o Original Theatrical Trailer, TV and radio spots
o Photo Galleries

· DISC THIRTEEN—Octopussy (Over 6 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director John Glen
o Commentary with Roger Moore
o 4 Featurettes
o Original Screen Tests with James Brolin
o “All Time High” Music Video
o Original Theatrical Trailers

· DISC FOURTEEN—A View to a Kill (Over 6 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director John Glen and the cast and crew
o Commentary with Roger Moore
o 4 Featurettes
o A View to a Kill Music Video performed by Duran Duran
o Original Theatrical Trailers and TV spots

· DISC FIFTEEN—The Living Daylights (Over 5 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director John Glen and cast and crew
o 3 Featurettes
o Deleted scenes with introductions from Director John Glen
o The Living Daylights Music Video performed by A-Ha
o Original Theatrical Trailers

· DISC SIXTEEN—Licence to Kill (Over 6 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director John Glen and cast
o Commentary with Producer Michael G. Wilson and crew
o 3 Featurettes
o Licence to Kill Music Video performed by Gladys Knight
o “If You Asked Me To” Music Video Performed by Patti LaBelle
o Opening Titles Sequence
o Original Theatrical Trailers
o Photo Galleries

· DISC SEVENTEEN—GoldenEye (Over 5 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director Martin Campbell and Producer Michael G. Wilson
o 8 Featurettes
o Deleted scenes
o GoldenEye Music Video performed by Tina Turner

· DISC EIGHTEEN—Tomorrow Never Dies (Over 9 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director Roger Spottiswoode and Dan Petrie, Jr.
o Commentary with Vic Armstrong and Producer Michael G. Wilson
o 2 Featurettes
o Interview with Composer David Arnold
o Deleted and Extended Scenes with introduction from Director Roger Spottiswoode
o Tomorrow Never Dies Music Video performed by Sheryl Crow
o The James Bond Theme (Moby’s Re-Version)

· DISC NINETEEN—The World Is Not Enough (Over 6 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director Michael Apted
o Commentary with Peter Lamont, David Arnold and Vic Armstrong
o 4 Featurettes
o Opening Titles Sequence
o The World Is Not Enough Music Video performed by Garbage
o Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scene
o Original Theatrical Trailer
o Photo Galleries

· DISC TWENTY—Die Another Day (Over 8 hours of content)
o Commentary with Director Lee Tamahori and Producer Michael G. Wilson
o Commentary with Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike
o 5 Featurettes
o MI6 Datastream Trivia Track with Branching Video
o Opening Titles Sequence
o Photo Galleries

· DISC TWENTY ONE—Casino Royale (Over 1 hour of content)
o Becoming Bond
o James Bond: For Real
o Chris Cornell Music Video

· DISC TWENTY TWO—Quantum of Solace (Over 1 hour of content)
o 2 Featurettes
o “Another Way to Die” Music Video
o Original Theatrical Trailers

DISC TWENTY THREE – Bonus Material

o NEW – The World of Bond – the 007 films have a look, style and attitude that is signature Bond. From the cars, to the women, to the villains and even the music, Bond films stand apart. The World of Bond takes the viewer through the best of five decades worth of classic James Bond in one thrilling montage. The World of Bond showcases the fascinating and entertaining interplay among unforgettable moments of danger, seduction, adventure and a dash of that distinguished humor that fans have cherished from the beginning up until now. To add to the experience, The World of Bond featurette will also offer a Pop-Up Trivia option to challenge even the sharpest of fans with little known facts and interesting trivia from the Bond Universe.

o NEW – Being Bond – there’s only one James Bond – but he’s proven too much for only one actor to play the role. In the franchise’s 50-year run, six distinguished actors have taken on the part and secured a spot in cinematic history. Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig each reflect on the impact and importance of taking on such a famous role. With this piece, gain insight into what each actor brought to the character and discover how they shaped the world’s most timeless secret agent.

o SKYFALL Videoblogs – behind-the-scenes look at the making of SKYFALL from the cast and crew

Bond 50 will hit stores in the United Kingdom on September 24, 2012 and in the United States the following day, September 25.

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