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Word Is Bond

MGM Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have announced plans to release “Bond 50,” a boxed set that will contain all twenty-two official James Bond movies on Blu-ray. The name comes from the fact that the first official James Bond movie, “Dr. No,” was released fifty years ago, on October 5, 1962.

And by “official” we mean that the collection will neither include the original “Casino Royale” from 1967, a comedy that starred David Niven as James Bond and Woody Allen as his nephew Jimmy, nor 1983’s “Never Say Never Again,” which featured Sean Connery as the super sleuth, but is considered non-cannon.

Along with the films, nine of which are not currently available on Blu-ray, “Bond 50” will include more than 130 hours of bonus features, including some new content, though the announcement didn’t detail what those extras might be.

There was also not announcement of when this collection would be released, though Michael Brown, the Sr. VP of MGM Home Entertainment, did say the collection, “…is a great way for fans to catch up on 007’s epic journey before ‘Skyfall’ hits theaters next Fall.” “Skyfall” is slated for release on October 26, with Daniel Craig once again playing the martini-drinking spy.