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James Bond Ultimate Collection, Volume 1

James Bond Ultimate Collection, Volume 1

$23.99
With the 2006 release of  Casino Royale, MGM-UA has gone through an extensive remastering and repackaging of the previously on-hiatus 007 library, fleshing the older films out to two-disc sets with all-new and extensive bonus features. This time around, the Bonds are being made available in four box sets containing five films each, with the classic entries spread among the quartet. Goldfinger (1964), arguably the finest of Sean Connery’s 007 adventures, is the headliner in this Ultimate Edition Volume 1; Honor Blackman’s Pussy Galore remains the most alluring of the Bond Girls, and Gert Frobe’s Auric Goldfinger may be the most fascinatingly nefarious of James Bond’s super-foes. His “No, Mister Bond; I expect you to die,” remains among cinema’s all-time greatest kiss-offs. Connery’s penultimate vehicle, Diamonds Are Forever (1971), while campy, has sparkling Las Vegas location shooting, a luscious leading lady in Jill St. John, and another top-notch bad guy in SPECTRE’s Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray, equally well remembered for his work as “The Criminologist” in The Rocky Horror Picture Show). Also included are The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Roger Moore’s second outing as 007 and a great showcase for one of the screen’s most urbane villains, Christopher Lee; The Living Daylights (1987), with Timothy Dalton debuting as a more somber Bond; and The World Is Not Enough (1999), a fast-paced romp starring Pierce Brosnan and memorably featuring Denise Richards as a rocket scientist. (Yes, that’s right, a rocket scientist.) With flashy new packaging worthy of film’s greatest super-agent, and loads of DVD extras, this adds up to a terrific box set.
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With the 2006 release of  Casino Royale, MGM-UA has gone through an extensive remastering and repackaging of the previously on-hiatus 007 library, fleshing the older films out to two-disc sets with all-new and extensive bonus features. This time around, the Bonds are being made available in four box sets containing five films each, with the classic entries spread among the quartet. Goldfinger (1964), arguably the finest of Sean Connery’s 007 adventures, is the headliner in this Ultimate Edition Volume 1; Honor Blackman’s Pussy Galore remains the most alluring of the Bond Girls, and Gert Frobe’s Auric Goldfinger may be the most fascinatingly nefarious of James Bond’s super-foes. His “No, Mister Bond; I expect you to die,” remains among cinema’s all-time greatest kiss-offs. Connery’s penultimate vehicle, Diamonds Are Forever (1971), while campy, has sparkling Las Vegas location shooting, a luscious leading lady in Jill St. John, and another top-notch bad guy in SPECTRE’s Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray, equally well remembered for his work as “The Criminologist” in The Rocky Horror Picture Show). Also included are The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Roger Moore’s second outing as 007 and a great showcase for one of the screen’s most urbane villains, Christopher Lee; The Living Daylights (1987), with Timothy Dalton debuting as a more somber Bond; and The World Is Not Enough (1999), a fast-paced romp starring Pierce Brosnan and memorably featuring Denise Richards as a rocket scientist. (Yes, that’s right, a rocket scientist.) With flashy new packaging worthy of film’s greatest super-agent, and loads of DVD extras, this adds up to a terrific box set.
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