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In a nutshell:
Six classic James Bond adventures compiled into one Blu-ray box set.
James Bond: ‘I can assure you, my intentions are strictly honorable.’
James Bond: ‘There's a saying in England: Where there's smoke, there's fire.’
James Bond: ‘I think he got the point.’
Solitaire: ‘Where's Kananga?’
James Bond: ‘He always did have an inflated opinion of himself.’
James Bond: ‘I took the scenic route.’
Q: ‘Must you touch everything?’
This boxset brings together six movies from James Bond’s illustrious screen career. Dr. No, Connery’s first outing as Bond, sees the superspy head to Jamaica to track down the nefarious title villain. En route he joins forces with Felix Leiter and Honey Ryder, while establishing the template for a franchise that would make an indelible mark on cinema history.
From Russia With Love continues the adventure, with Bond in pursuit of a stolen Soviet encryption device. The mission sees 007 battling duplicitous Russian agents, and introduces the villainous outfit SPECTRE that’ll play a key role in the series.
By the time Thunderball rolled around, Connery wore the Bond role as comfortably as a well-cut tuxedo. Here a sub-aqua adventure sees him trying to prevent a catastrophe after a nuclear weapon goes missing.
Live And Let Die marked Roger Moore’s first appearance as 007, as he exchanged the tuxedos for smart suits, wielded a Magnum, and brought his uniquely suave sense of humour to the role.
For Your Eyes Only is possibly the grittiest Roger Moore Bond. After some OTT entries, it's an under-rated, gadget-light and stunt-heavy return to Cold War action.
Die Another Day saw Pierce Brosnan slip into the tux for the final time, for one of Bond’s most OTT outings. The Irish actor proves he can keep Bond cool in the most ludicrous scenarios, and he gets welcome support from Halle Berry’s movie-stealing Jinx.
Better on Blu-ray:
Dr. No’s signature style looks great in high-def, but Honey Ryder’s bikini clad entrance remains the highlight. The iconic scene has been homaged many times throughout the series, but never bettered.
From Russia With Love proves that it’s not always the series’ biggest action beats that have the most impact. Bond’s train carriage showdown with Red Grant is a masterclass in claustrophobic fisticuffs, demonstrating that 007 can still handle himself even when he’s stripped of gadgets.
Blu-ray allows you to get deeply immersed in the underwater action of Thunderball. The gadgets also got an upgrade in this outing, as Bond ensures that rocket packs earn a permanent place at the top of everyone’s fantasy wishlist.
Roger Moore’s 007 debut wasn’t without its impressive vehicular set-pieces, but it’s the speedboat chase that wins big here, skidding across the water before ripping through a wedding ceremony. Bond has never been one for understatement.
For Your Eyes Only boasts an impressive helicopter chase that sees him dangling over London, but it’s the sequence in which Bond and his female accomplice are dragged through the water chased by a peckish shark that stands out on Blu.
‘Aston On Ice’
The Vic Armstrong-orchestrated chase across the frozen plains of Iceland showcases Bond at his spectacular best, upping the ante as 007’s gadget-packed Aston Martin Vanquish tears through the ice palace in a vehicular duel with Zao’s Jaguar XKR.
• Bonus Footage
• Deleted Scenes
• Behind The Scenes
• Making Of Documentaries
• Audio Commentaries:
• Dr. No - with Terence Young and members of the Cast and Crew
• From Russia With Love - with Terence Young and members of the Cast and Crew
• Thunderball - with Terence Young
• Thunderball - with Peter Hunt and John Hopkin
• Live And Let Die - with Sir Roger Moore, John Glen, Cast and Crew and Michael G. Wilson
• Die Another Day - with Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike
• Die Another Day - with Lee Tamahori and Michael G. Wilson
• Various Documentaries
• Bonus Tracks
• Image Gallery
• Dr. No: TV Broadcast and Radio
• Ian Fleming on Desert Island Disks
• Animated Storyboard Sequence
• Mission Control: Exotic Locations
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