You can expect to here the name James Bond a lot this year.
For not only is Daniel Craig reprising the role in the keenly anticipated Skyfall , but the film series also turns 50 this year.
Yup, it’s 50 years since Sean Connery first donned the iconic tux for 1962’s Dr No , and there’s plenty of birthday celebrations in store for this year.
At the CES in Las Vegas, MGM and Twentieth Century Fox unveiled Bond 50 , a collectible box-set featuring all 22 James Bond films on Blu-ray – it’s the first time they’ve ever been available as a complete offering in this format.
Bond 50 is available to pre-order at various online outlets. Here’s what the official press release has to say for itself:
” Bond 50 showcases fifty years of Bond neatly packaged into one cool, sleek collectable box-set featuring all six iconic James Bond actors. Produced using the highest possible picture quality and audio presentation, the collection includes all 22 James Bond feature films from Dr. No to Quantum Of Solace and more than 130 hours of bonus features 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, Senior Vice President, 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 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. Our website, 007.com will be regularly updated with all the latest anniversary news and events.” ”
Bond 50 is released on 1 October 2012.