Blu-ray Release: Bond 50

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 25, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $299.99
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment


Bond 50 Blu-ray boxMGM’s celebration of James Bond’s 50th anniversary includes this collection, which includes all 22 action films in the 007 series, a few new special features and promotion for the 23rd movie, Skyfall.

The Bond 50 set also represents the only collection with all the movies on high-definition Blu-ray. But it still doesn’t have Never Say Never Again, the 1983 unofficial Bond movie, although the set does have Thunderball, which is the same story (and Sean Connery even stars in both as the celebrated British spy).

Back in 2007, the James Bond Ultimate Collector’s Set arrived on DVD, containing all the franchise’s films at that time. The Bond 50 box includes everything in that DVD set, plus 2008’s Quantum of Solace, but all in Blu-ray.

The new special features on Bond 50 are:

  • “The World of Bond” montage of five decades of 007 thrills, showcasing the look, style and attitude that’s signature to the franchise. The featurette also offers a pop-up trivia option with little known facts about the series.
  • “Being Bond” featuring interviews with all six actors who have portrayed Bond: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
  • Skyfall Videoblogs with behind-the-scenes footage of the making of Skyfall before its theatrical run in November 2012.

Here’s the list of the movies and special features from earlier releases that are in Bond 50:

    Dr. No

    Dr. No

  • Disc 1 — Dr. No (over 3 hours of content)
    • commentary with director Terence Young and cast and crew
    • 6 featurettes
    • original theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots
    • photo galleries
  • Disc 2 — From Russia With Love (over 3 hours of content)
    • commentary with director Terence Young and cast and crew
    • 2 featurettes
    • animated storyboard sequence
    • original theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots
    • photo galleries
  • Disc 3 — Goldfinger (over 5 hours of content)
    • commentary with director Guy Hamilton
    • commentary with the cast and crew
    • 3 featurettes
    • original screen tests with Theodore Bikel and Tito Vandis
    • original theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots
    • original publicity featurette
    • original radio interviews with Sean Connery
    • photo galleries
  • Goldfinger

    Goldfinger

  • Disc 4 — Thunderball (over 6 hours of content)
    • commentary with director Terence Young
    • commentary with editor Peter Hunt and screenwriter John Hopkins
    • 4 featurettes
    • original theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots
    • photo galleries
  • Disc 5 — You Only Live Twice (over 4 hours of content)
    • commentary with director Lewis Gilbert and cast and crew
    • 4 featurettes
    • animated storyboard sequence
    • original theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots
    • photo galleries
  • Disc 6 — On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (over 4 hours of content)
    • commentary with director Peter Hunt and cast and crew
    • 4 featurettes
    • animated storyboard sequence
    • original theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots
    • photo galleries
  • Disc 7 — Diamonds Are Forever (over 4 hours of content)
    • commentary with director Guy Hamilton and cast and crew
    • 3 featurettes
    • deleted scenes
    • original theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots
  • Live and Let Die

    Live and Let Die

  • Disc 8 — Live and Let Die (over 7 hours of content)
    • commentaries with director Guy Hamilton, Roger Moore and Tom Mankiewicz
    • 3 featurettes
    • original theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots
    • photo galleries
  • Disc 9 — The Man With the Golden Gun (over 5 hours of content)
    • commentary with director Guy Hamilton and the cast and crew
    • commentary with Roger Moore
    • 2 featurettes
    • original theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots
    • photo galleries
  • Disc 10 — The Spy Who Loved Me (over 5 hours of content)
    • commentary with director Lewis Gilbert and cast and crew
    • commentary with Roger Moore
    • 3 featurettes
    • original theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots
  • Disc 11 — Moonraker (over 5 hours of content)
    • commentary with director Lewis Gilbert and cast and crew
    • commentary with Roger Moore
    • 4 featurettes
    • original theatrical trailer
    • photo gallery
  • For Your Eyes Only

    For Your Eyes Only

  • Disc 12 — For Your Eyes Only (over 7 hours of content)
    • commentary with director John Glen and the cast and crew
    • commentary with Roger Moore
    • commentary with producer Michael G. Wilson and crew
    • 4 featurettes
    • animated storyboard sequences for snowmobile chase and underwater
    • music video performed by Sheena Easton
    • deleted scenes and expanded angles
    • original theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots
    • photo galleries
  • Disc 13 — Octopussy (over 6 hours of content)
    • commentary with director John Glen
    • commentary with Roger Moore
    • 4 featurettes
    • original screen tests with James Brolin
    • “All Time High” music video
    • original theatrical trailers
  • Disc 14 — A View to a Kill (over 6 hours of content)
    • commentary with director John Glen and the cast and crew
    • commentary with Roger Moore
    • 4 featurettes
    • “A View to a Kill” music video performed by Duran Duran
    • original theatrical trailers and TV spots
  • Disc 15 — The Living Daylights (over 5 hours of content)
    • commentary with director John Glen and cast and crew
    • 3 featurettes
    • deleted scenes with introductions from Director John Glen
    • “The Living Daylights” music video performed by A-Ha
    • original theatrical trailers
  • Disc 16 — Licence to Kill (over 6 hours of content)
    • commentary with director John Glen and cast
    • commentary with producer Michael G. Wilson and crew
    • 3 featurettes
    • “Licence to Kill” music video performed by Gladys Knight
    • “If You Asked Me To” music video performed by Patti LaBelle
    • opening titles sequence
    • original theatrical trailers
    • photo galleries
  • GoldenEye

    GoldenEye

  • Disc 17 — GoldenEye (over 5 hours of content)
    • commentary with director Martin Campbell and producer Michael G. Wilson
    • 8 featurettes
    • deleted scenes
    • “GoldenEye” music video performed by Tina Turner
  • Disc 18 — Tomorrow Never Dies (over 9 hours of content)
    • commentary with director Roger Spottiswoode and Dan Petrie, Jr.
    • commentary with Vic Armstrong and producer Michael G. Wilson
    • 2 featurettes
    • interview with composer David Arnold
    • deleted and extended scenes with introduction from director Roger Spottiswoode
    • “Tomorrow Never Dies” music video performed by Sheryl Crow
    • “The James Bond Theme” (Moby’s Re-Version)
  • Disc 19 — The World Is Not Enough (over 6 hours of content)
    • commentary with director Michael Apted
    • commentary with Peter Lamont, David Arnold and Vic Armstrong
    • 4 featurettes
    • opening titles sequence
    • “The World Is Not Enough” music video performed by Garbage
    • deleted, extended and alternate scenes
    • original theatrical trailer
    • photo galleries
  • Quantum of Solace

    Quantum of Solace

  • Disc 20 — Die Another Day (over 8 hours of content)
    • commentary with director Lee Tamahori and producer Michael G. Wilson
    • commentary with Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike
    • 5 featurettes
    • MI6 Datastream Trivia Track with branching video
    • opening titles sequence
    • photo galleries
    • Disc 21 — Casino Royale (over 1 hour of content)
    • “Becoming Bond”
    • “James Bond: For Real”
    • Chris Cornell music video
  • Disc 21 — Casino Royale (over 1 hour of content)
    • “Becoming Bond”
    • “James Bond: For Real”
    • Chris Cornell music video
  • Disc 22 — Quantum of Solace (over 1 hour of content)
    • 2 featurettes
    • “Another Way to Die” music video
    • original theatrical trailers

 

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About Sam Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.