What a week for Bond: First Thomas Newman was officially announced as the composer of Skyfall (Nov. 9) — no surprise considering his association with director Sam Mendes (American Beauty). Now word comes out of CES that all 22 current Bond films (Dr. No through Quantum of Solace) will be released on Blu-ray this fall from MGM Home Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment in in a special Bond 50 anniversary box set. This includes nine previously unreleased films (You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, The Spy Who Loved Me, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, GoldenEye, and Tomorrow Never Dies).
Bond directors John Glen (For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, 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 the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
More than 130 hours of bonus features are promised, including some new and exclusive content.
“With all 22 feature films available on Blu-ray in one collection for the first time this is a great way for fans to catch up on 007’s epic journey before Skyfall hits theaters next Fall,” said Michael Brown, SVP, MGM Home Entertainment. “Now viewers can enjoy the intense action of the innovative franchise in the most immersive home experience possible.”
“We have a whole program of exciting activities planned for our 50th anniversary year, beginning with today’s announcement, by Fox, of the release of all 22 films on Blu-ray for the very first time,’’ added Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, with Eon Prods. “We are also delighted that Fox has unveiled a specially designed anniversary poster which we hope the fans will love as much as we do. Our website, 007.com will be regularly updated with all the latest anniversary news and events.”