James Bond: 50 Years in Film (and a Big Blu-Ray Release)

The James Bond movie franchise began in 1962, with the release of Dr. No, starring a young Sean Connery. (Watch the original trailer here.) And it didn’t take long for the producers, Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, to realize that they were onto something. Speaking in 1965, Broccoli and Saltzman (above) speculated that they had created “a modern mythology,” the Superman of their age, and a long-lasting “entertainment trend.” How right they were.

Fifty years have passed since audiences saw the first Bond movie. Seven actors have played James Bond in 22 films. And the next movie, Skyfall, will hit theaters in November, with Daniel Craig playing the lead role. This marks a cause for celebration (or at least a chance for Hollywood to ring the register). In the very near future, you can buy the complete James Bond Film Collection (22 titles in total) on Blu-ray for $199.99, which works out to $9 per film and that doesn’t factor in 130 hours of bonus material. The clip below will pitch you on the Blu-ray release that can be pre-ordered here. If you’re looking for free James Bond media, don’t miss Ian Fleming (the creator of the James Bond literary character) in conversation with Raymond Chandler in 1958 here.

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