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Movie Collectors Guide #1

The Complete James Bond Collection (Introduction)
 

November 2000

Brian Florian

 

The Entire Collection

James Bond.  007.  Thrilling audiences for almost four decades, these 19 films represent perhaps the most successful and long lived movie franchise.  All of the films have been re-issued by MGM/UA on DVD as collectors editions, many with a wealth of new extras.  The October 17th, 2000, release of Volume 3 marks the availability of all the James Bond titles, including an unofficial one, for purchase individually or over three volumes.

Join me, as Secrets embarks on an epic exploration of the entire collection of DVDs.

The Bond film series exudes such originality and distinction as to create its own genre, capturing the favor of millions of moviegoers literally for decades.  The credit for dreaming up the James Bond persona goes to Ian Fleming, English novelist.  A retired military man, Fleming always felt his spy books would make for good cinema.  In 1960, Producer Harry Saltzman bought a 6 month option on the then 7 available novels (which did not include "Casino Royal") and future options on any future Bond novels.   Yet, bringing Bond to the big screen was not quite a sure thing, as Saltzman had trouble getting any studio to buy into the the project.  It is the fortuitous meeting of Harry Saltzman and Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli in 1961 that launched the making of the first Bond film, "Dr No".   Together, they cut a six movie deal with United Artists and formed EON Productions, the continuing owner's of the production rights to James Bond films.

Bond has proven to be timeless in its appeal.   Characterized by its suave, debonair hero 007, the films represent cinema adventure at its best, one might even say defining it.  At its core, it is pure escapism, an opportunity to get away from life and live a thrilling adventure for a couple of hours.  Bond remains light, enjoyable fare, and yet over the years, still manages to adapt to the times by keeping its villains and plots relevant.  The key aspects include the cool demeanor of its main character, neat gadgets, outrageous action, and of course the Bond women.   More than just eye candy though, the Bond women are always sensual, and they are always smart.

Dubbed the "world's favorite gentleman spy", 007 has thus far waded though 5 actors and 8 directors.  The films have always been on the cutting edge of cinema technology, thrilling audiences with wide frame formats and multi channel sound as soon as it became available.

Here is a list of the films we will cover in our reviews:

 

Vol Title Year Bond Format Theatrical Sound DVD Sound Director
2 Dr. No 1962 Connery 1.78:1 Mono Mono (AC-3) Terence Young
3 From Russia with Love 1963 Connery 1.78:1 Mono Mono (AC-3) Terence Young
1 Goldfinger 1964 Connery 1.78:1 Mono Mono (AC-3) Guy Hamilton
1 Thunderball 1965 Connery 2.35:1 Mono Dolby Digital 5.1 Terence Young
3 You Only Live Twice 1967 Connery 2.40:1 Mono Mono (AC-3) Lewis Gilbert
2 On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 Lazenby 2.35:1 Mono Mono (AC-3) Peter Hunt
3 Diamonds are Forever 1971 Connery 2.40:1 Mono Mono (AC-3) Guy Hamilton
1 Live and Let Die 1973 Moore 1.78:1 Mono Mono (AC-3) Guy Hamilton
2 The Man with the Golden Gun 1974 Moore 1.78:1 Mono Dolby Stereo* Guy Hamilton
2 The Spy who Loved Me 1977 Moore 2.35:1 Dolby Stereo Dolby Digital 5.1 Lewis Gilbert
2 Moonraker 1979 Moore 2.35:1 Dolby Stereo Dolby Digital 5.1 Lewis Gilbert
1 For Your Eyes Only 1981 Moore 2.35:1 Dolby Stereo Dolby Digital 5.1 John Glen
3 Octopussy 1983 Moore 2.40:1 Dolby Stereo/70mm 6-track Dolby Stereo John Glen
N/A Never Say Never Again 1983 Connery 2.35:1 Dolby Stereo/70mm 6-track Dolby Stereo Irvin Kershner
3 A View to a Kill 1985 Moore 2.35:1 Dolby Stereo Dolby Digital 5.1 John Glen
3 The Living Daylights 1987 Dalton 2.35:1 Dolby Stereo Dolby Digital 5.1 John Glen
1 License to Kill 1989 Dalton 2.40:1 Dolby Stereo SR Dolby Digital 5.1 John Glen
1 Goldeneye 1995 Brosnan 2.35:1 Dolby Digital/DTS Dolby Digital 5.1 Martin Campbell
1 Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 Brosnan 2.35:1 Dolby Digital/DTS/DTS 70mm Dolby Digital 5.1 Roger Spottiswoode
N/A The World is not Enough 1999 Brosnan 2.35:1 Dolby Digital EX / DTS / SDDS Dolby Digital 5.1 Michael Apted

In an effort to bring you quality cover art and screen shots, yet still make loading the pages reasonable, we present the collection in chronological order over three sections, plus our own extras page where we look at the unofficial film as well as give you some Martini recipes and the rules to 007's favorite casino game.  To begin, click on Part 1 below or use any of the titles above to take you directly to a particular film.

Introduction | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Extra

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