For fans of 007, the world of Blu-ray hasn't been that great. While there are box sets out on the market that contain a good cross-section of James Bond's adventures, there's no real order to any of them and not all of the movies are available. Fortunately, it would seem that this isn't lost on the people over at MGM, which is why they have something absolutely incredible planned for this year, which happens to be the 50th anniversary of the movie that started it all: Dr. No.
A press release has been sent out announcing Bond 50, a complete box set of all 22 previously released 007 films, from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace. This is the first time that all of the movies have been available all together on Blu-ray. In addition to the feature films, the discs will also contain over 130 hours of bonus material.
"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, Senior Vice President of MGM Home Entertainment. "Now viewers can enjoy the intense action of the innovative franchise in the most immersive home experience possible." The set is now available for pre-order at participating online retailers, though the announcement doesn't include information regarding the official release date of the set or how much it will cost.
Even more exciting, the major Blu-ray release is apparently only the first of many special James Bond events planned for this year, which, as mentioned, will also be the year that the character returns to cinemas in Sam Mendes' Skyfall. "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," said Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, of Eon Productions. "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."
You can check out the box art below and stay tuned for more info about the release!
UPDATE! We now have a trailer for the Blu-ray release as well. Check it out below!