Bond celebrates 50th with massive boxed-set release

In celebration of James Bond’s golden anniversary, MGM and Twentieth Century Fox today unveiled Bond 50, a collectible boxed-set featuring all 22 James Bond movies on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in one complete package. The longest running film franchise of all time, the Bond 50 collection also marks the debut of nine James Bond films previously unavailable in high definition Blu-ray.

Acclaimed Bond directors John Glen (five Bond films including For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill), Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) and Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough) with special guests Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Caterina Murino (Casino Royale) made the Blu-ray announcement today during a Directors’ Panel discussion in the Panasonic Booth at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas.

Bond 50 features fifty years of Bond neatly packaged into one cool, sleek collectable box-set featuring all six iconic James Bond actors. Produced using the highest possible picture quality and audio presentation, the collection includes all 22 James Bond feature films from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace, along with more than 130 hours of bonus features including some new and exclusive content.

More information and specs to come on this package. For now, check out the package design and a few movie screenshots below. UPDATED: I’ve added video from the CES event with acclaimed directors John Glen (five Bond films including For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill), Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) and Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough), with special guests Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Caterina Murino (Casino Royale), who made the Blu-ray announcement during a Directors’ Panel discussion in the Panasonic Booth during Consumer Electronics Show. I’ve also added a list of the Bond films and a new movie poll simply called “What’s your favorite Bond movie?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4HvzFuCPgw

Dr. No (1962)

James Bond played by Sean Connery
Directed by Terence Young
James Bond traces a mysterious murder to a Chinese scientist living on a small Jamaican island who, working for SPECTRE, plans to disrupt American rocket launches.

From Russia with Love (1963)

James Bond played by Sean Connery
Directed by Terence Young
SPECTRE hires a seductive young female Russian agent to act as a fake defector in a plot to assassinate Bond; in turn 007 uses her to get a Soviet decoding machine.

Goldfinger (1964)

James Bond played by Sean Connery
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Bond battles gold magnate Auric Goldfinger, who plans to irradiate the gold supply of Fort Knox, making it worthless and increasing the value of his own supply.

Thunderball (1965)

James Bond played by Sean Connery
Directed by Terence Young
Bond is sent to the Bahamas in a bid to stop Emilio Largo, playboy billionaire and deputy head of SPECTRE, from using hijacked nuclear weapons to devastate the coastline of the eastern United States.

You Only Live Twice (1967)

James Bond played by Sean Connery
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
After faking his own death, Bond goes to Japan to investigate the hijacking of American and Russian manned spacecraft from orbit, which turns out to be a plan by Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the megalomaniacal head of SPECTRE.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

James Bond played by George Lazenby
Directed by Peter R. Hunt
On the pursuit of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Bond discovers SPECTRE’s plan for biochemical terror. Meanwhile, Bond falls in love with and marries a crime lord’s suicidal daughter, who dies on their wedding day.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

James Bond played by Sean Connery
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Bond traces a diamond smuggling operation first to Holland and Las Vegas and then to a SPECTRE plot to build a satellite with laser beams capable of destroying weapons on the ground.

Live and Let Die (1973)

James Bond played by Roger Moore
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Bond fights voodoo priests, heroin smugglers and a ruthless dictator in New York, New Orleans and San Monique in a film imitating the conventions of “blaxploitation” movies of the era.

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

James Bond played by Roger Moore
Directed by Guy Hamilton
While trying to locate a missing solar expert, Bond ends up in an intense game of cat-and-mouse with the world’s top assassin, Francisco Scaramanga.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

James Bond played by Roger Moore
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Bond teams up with a female Russian agent to locate two missing nuclear submarines; he winds up dealing with a man whose dream is an undersea empire.

Moonraker (1979)

James Bond played by Roger Moore
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Bond investigates the mid-air hijacking of one of the Moonraker space shuttles. The shuttle’s maker, Hugo Drax, is using his shuttle fleet to help in wiping out every human on Earth and re-populating it with a hand-picked racial rainbow of superior human pairs.

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

James Bond played by Roger Moore
Directed by John Glen
Bond’s investigation of the murder of a marine archaeologist working for the British Secret Service leads him to a race against the Soviets for a submarine attack computer in a sunken ship.

Octopussy (1983)

James Bond played by Roger Moore
Directed by John Glen
The murder of Agent 009 and a forgery of a Fabergé egg lead Bond to India, where he allies with cult leader Octopussy against Kamal Khan, a playboy Afghan prince, who with Russian General Orlov is plotting to “accidentally” detonate a nuclear device on a US air base in Germany, hoping NATO will disarm and the Soviets can take over Europe in record time.

A View to a Kill (1985)

James Bond played by Roger Moore
Directed by John Glen
Bond investigates a high-tech firm headed up by former Nazi and German industrialist Max Zorin, and uncovers a plot to corner the market on microchips by manufacturing an earthquake that would drown Silicon Valley.

The Living Daylights (1987)

James Bond played by Timothy Dalton
Directed by John Glen
Bond teams up with a female cellist to investigate the fake defector for whom she was allegedly working, General Georgi Koskov, leading them to a weapons-for-drugs smuggling scheme headed up by powerful arms dealer Brad Whitaker.

Licence to Kill (1989)

James Bond played by Timothy Dalton
Directed by John Glen
Bond resigns from the secret service to avenge the attempted murder of his CIA friend, Felix Leiter. His pursuit of the assailants leads him to powerful Colombian drug lord Franz Sanchez and a mysterious woman, Pam Bouvier, who has an agenda of her own in bringing down Sanchez and his empire.

GoldenEye (1995)

James Bond played by Pierce Brosnan
Directed by Martin Campbell
Bond fights to prevent a syndicate of techno-terrorists from causing a global financial meltdown through usage of the GoldenEye satellite weapon against London.

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

James Bond played by Pierce Brosnan
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Bond investigates media mogul Elliot Carver, who aims to start a war between the UK and China so he can be guaranteed exclusive coverage for his new cable news channel.

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

James Bond played by Pierce Brosnan
Directed by Michael Apted
Bond is asked to play bodyguard to oil heiress Elektra King whose father was murdered in MI6 headquarters, and discovers she still has a connection and a plan to the terrorist who once kidnapped her, Renard.

Die Another Day (2002)

James Bond played by Pierce Brosnan
Directed by Lee Tamahori
After Bond is released from one year in North Korean captivity for killing General Moon, he tries to discover who betrayed him, teaming up with a female American agent. Eventually he finds out Moon’s henchmen have ties to a mysterious diamond dealer, Gustav Graves.

Casino Royale (2006)

James Bond played by Daniel Craig
Directed by Martin Campbell
Bond, in his first assignment as a ’00’ agent, attempts to frustrate the schemes of terrorist financier Le Chiffre by defeating him at a high-stakes game of Texas hold ’em poker at Casino Royale in Montenegro. In the meantime he falls in love with treasury employee Vesper Lynd, who turns out to have an agenda of her own.

Quantum of Solace (2008)

James Bond played by Daniel Craig
Directed by Marc Forster
Bond pursues Quantum, the organisation he believes responsible for the death of Vesper Lynd. Along with Camille Montes, a young woman seeking revenge, he goes after corrupt General Medrano, who plans with Quantum to stage a military coup in Bolivia and hijack “one of the world’s most precious natural resources”.

Skyfall (2012)

James Bond played by Daniel Craig
Directed by Sam Mendes
Events in M’s past bring into question 007’s loyalty to her; With MI6 coming under attack, Bond must find and destroy the source of the trouble, whatever the cost.

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