It’s enough to make an Agent 007 fan drool. Bond 50 is MGM Studios’ and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s grand way of celebrating 50 years of the ever-popular spy series. Twenty-three Blu-ray discs, one for each of 22 films plus one disc dedicated to bonus material, are housed in a rather eye-pleasing box, graced by photos of all six Bond actors. The set, which marks the first time all the Bond films will be available together in high definition, is set for release September 25, just weeks ahead of the 23rd film in the series, Skyfall.
A pair of all-new featurettes will be found on the bonus material disc, “The World of Bond” and “Being Bond.” The former promises a look at “five decades of classic James Bond,” and will include an optional Pop-Up Trivia track. The latter profiles the six actors—Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig—who have tackled the iconic character over the last half-decade. Also included on the bonus disc are the “Skyfall Videoblogs,” which will psych up fans with an early look at the making of the new film.
Of course, tons of bonus features will carry over from previous releases, with every disc containing extras. According to the press release, all told there will be some 122 hours of bonus material. Quite a few films in the series—You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, The Spy Who Loved Me, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, GoldenEye, and Tomorrow Never Dies—will make their Blu-ray debut as part of Bond 50.
Incidentally, Never Say Never Again (1983) is not included in the set, as it isn’t considered an “official” Bond film since it was not produced by Eon Productions (the company that produced all 22 films in Bond 50). Amazon is offering an exclusive variation to the standard set that includes the hardcover book, James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters. Bond 50 is currently available for pre-order from participating online retailers, a good option for fans who want to secure a lower price in advance of the of September 25, 2012 release date.