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007 The James Bond Special Edition DVD Collection

In 1952, a former journalist and naval intelligence officer began writing a novel about a British Secret Service agent named James Bond. The writer was Ian Fleming, and the novel was Casino Royale. Several more books followed, including Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever, and From Russia With Love. Nearly a decade after Fleming began writing Bond, film producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman purchased the rights to adapt his sixth Bond story, Dr. No, for the big screen. An almost unknown Scottish actor by the name of Sean Connery was selected to play the dashing spy. And the rest, as they say, is film history.

Connery appeared five times as Bond, before turning the role over to George Lazenby for one film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (although Connery did return to the role briefly in Diamond are Forever, and again in the "unofficial" Bond film, Never Say Never Again). Roger Moore took over the role in 1973, with Live and Let Die, and appeared seven times in all. Timothy Dalton appeared as Bond twice (starting with The Living Daylights), when Pierce Brosnan (then known as TV's Remington Steele) was unable to escape his TV contract. Brosnan finally did accept the role in 1995's GoldenEye, and has thus far appeared in three films.

James Bond

Altogether, there have been some twenty-one Bond films - nineteen official, and two "unofficial" films produced outside the Broccoli domain (the other was Casino Royale, starring David Niven as Bond). All of them have been released by MGM on DVD. As they street, we'll post full-length reviews of each here at the Bits, which you can access via the menu below. Enjoy!

Dr. No
From Russia with Love
You Only Live Twice
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Diamonds Are Forever
Live and Let Die
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Spy Who Loved Me
For Your Eyes Only
A View to a Kill
The Living Daylights
Licence to Kill
Tomorrow Never Dies
The World is Not Enough
Die Another Day

Other Films

Never Say Never Again
Casino Royale

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