To promote this fall’s upcoming theatrical release of the franchise’s newest movie, ‘Spectre’, MGM will re-release all of the previous James Bond Blu-rays. That should come as no surprise to anyone. Of interest, however, is that nine of the films will get brand new SteelBook cases that should help fans plug some holes in their collections.
In addition to the SteelBooks, the reissues will come in several options. The Amazon-exclusive Ultimate James Bond Collection will bundle all 23 films (with an empty slot for the eventual release of ‘Spectre’), plus a new bonus disc with a 90-minute documentary called ‘Everything or Nothing’ and unspecified “further bonus materials.”
If you’re only a fan of one particular actor in the role, you can break it down with these smaller box sets:
- The Sean Connery Collection Vol. 1 (‘Dr. No’, ‘From Russia with Love’, ‘Goldfinger’)
- The Sean Connery Collection Vol. 2 (‘Thunderball’, ‘You Only Live Twice’, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’)
- George Lazenby (‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’)
- The Roger Moore Collection Vol. 1 (‘Live and Let Die’, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’)
- The Roger Moore Collection Vol. 2 (‘Moonraker’, ‘For Your Eyes Only’, ‘Octopussy’, ‘A View to a Kill’)
- The Timothy Dalton Collection (‘The Living Daylights’, ‘Licence to Kill’)
- The Pierce Brosnan Collection (‘GoldenEye’, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, ‘The World Is Not Enough’, ‘Die Another Day’)
- The Daniel Craig Collection (‘Casino Royale’, ‘Quantum of Solace’, ‘Skyfall’)
Yes, the George Lazenby box only has one movie.
All discs will be released on September 15th and will include Digital Copy redemption codes.
As mentioned, nine of the Bond films will get new SteelBooks. Specifically, these are the six movies that involve SPECTRE plus all three of Daniel Craig’s earlier entries. (If I want to get nit-picky, Dr. No also announced that he was a SPECTRE operative.)
The SteelBooks are priced at $12.99 each and (sadly) will be exclusive to the Best Buy retail chain here in North America. The cover art for each is based on that film’s opening credits sequence, which I think is a pretty clever idea that looks really nice. (Click to enlarge.)
These same SteelBooks will also be released in the UK by retailer Zavvi, which will sell them individually for £16.99 each. Not only is that more expensive, be warned that some of the discs are locked to Region B. An American shopper will have little incentive to import. Last week, Zavvi had a listing for a bundle of all nine SteelBooks at a slightly discounted price, but I can’t find that page at the time of this writing, so I assume that it sold out or has been discontinued.
Previous James Bond SteelBooks
These new SteelBooks mark the first time that ‘You Only Live Twice’, ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ or ‘Quantum of Solace’ have ever gotten the metal case treatment.
However, ‘From Russia with Love’, ‘Thunderball’, ‘For Your Eyes Only’, ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Skyfall’ were previously released in SteelBook form. (The latter two were imports.) I think that the new cases are a decided improvement for ‘From Russia with Love’, ‘Thunderball’ and ‘For Your Eyes Only’. I like the old and new cases for ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Skyfall’ about equally.
Here’s a reminder of what all the previous James Bond SteelBooks looked like.
To date, this still leaves seven James Bond films that have never been released in SteelBook packaging: ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, ‘Octopussy’, ‘A View to a Kill’, ‘The Living Daylights’, ‘Licence to Kill’ and ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’. Perhaps we’ll finally see those around the time “Bond 25” is ready.