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  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Sean Connery, Ursula Andress
  • Directors: Guy Hamilton, John Glen, Lewis Gilbert, Martin Campbell, Roger Spottiswoode
  • Writers: Berkely Mather, Bruce Feirstein
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 850 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006BH8G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,116 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The James Bond Collection, Vol. 1 (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes:
  • Dr. No (Special Edition) (commentary by director Terence Young, the cast and crew; 2 documentaries; featurette)
  • Goldfinger (Special Edition) (commentary by director Guy Hamilton and commentary by the cast and crew; original radio interviews with Sean Connery; 2 documentaries; original publicity featurette)
  • The Man with the Golden Gun (Special Edition) (commentary by director Guy Hamilton, the cast and crew; Inside The Man With The Golden Gun documentary; Double-0 Stuntmen documentary)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (Special Edition) (commentary by director Lewis Gilbert, the cast and crew; 2 documentaries)
  • Licence to Kill (Special Edition) (commentary by director John Glen; commentary by producer Michael G. Wilson; documentary; promotional featurette highlighting stunt footage & theatrical publicity footage; music videos: "License to Kill" by Gladys Knight & "If You Asked Me To" by Patti LaBelle
  • GoldenEye (Special Edition) (commentary by director Martin Campbell & producer Michael G. Wilson; documentary: The World of 007; "The GoldenEye Video Journal" featurette; music video "GoldenEye" by Tina Turner)
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (Special Edition) (commentary by director Roger Spottiswoode; commentary by second unit director Vic Armstrong & producer Michael G. Wilson; Secrets of 007 featurette; stunning visual effects reel; music video "Tomorrow Never Dies" by Sheryl Crow; isolated music-only audio track & interview with composer David Arnold; innovative storyboard overlay technology that compares initial "Action-Scene" concepts with the final film)
  • Still galleries
  • Collectible making-of booklets

Editorial Reviews

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The James Bond Collection, Vol. 1 collects the same feature-packed DVDs that appeared in previous Bond boxes, but in a new combination of titles, one with a decidedly golden gleam. In 1962 Sean Connery defined the cinematic James Bond as a tough, charming, and thoroughly professional cold war spy with a license to kill in the lean, hard-edged Dr. No. With Ursula Andress (as the original Bond girl Honeychile Ryder, who makes her entrance in a bikini), Bond battles a renegade supervillain with little more than his wits, his cunning, and his Walther PPK. In Goldfinger (1964) Connery's steely presence helped forge the formula of tongue-in-cheek wit, wondrous secret agent toys created by Q, and megalomaniac supervillains bent on world destruction.

Roger Moore brought a light tone and a suave assurance to the series, and in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), he battles million-dollar assassin Christopher Lee, one of Bond's most magnetic adversaries. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), perhaps Moore's finest hour, is a return to the extravagant set pieces and cold war thrills of Connery's pictures and introduces Richard Kiel's steel-dentured Jaws to the series. Timothy Dalton made his second and final appearance as Bond in Licence to Kill (1989), the toughest of the Bond films since Connery's early efforts. Though not a fan favorite, it's a sleek, solid adventure with an edge missing from the Moore pictures.

Pierce Brosnan is the latest to take on the 007 mantle, combining the best of Connery's cool and Moore's humor. GoldenEye (1995) is a grand globetrotting adventure with lovely Bond girls and a tough new M (Judy Dench). Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) doesn't recapture that magic mix of action, gadgetry, and romance, but does feature the first Bond girl to match 007 blow for blow: Hong Kong action superstar Michelle Yeoh. The DVD editions of the films each feature audio commentary tracks by the director and key members of the crew, making-of documentaries, and a host of stills, TV spots, and trailers. --Sean Axmaker

Product Description

7 DVD movies: Dr. No, Goldfinger, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, License to Kill, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies. 16.9 widescreen format. English 5.1 Surround. Rated PG & up.

Customer Reviews

Many people consider the second movie in this collection, 1964's "Goldfinger," to be the best Bond film ever.
Lonnie E. Holder
Everytime I see this film I get this emotion that I don't get from any other Bond film; it's just that good!: ***** 5.
Tom B.
So buying the boxed set is a great way to value-shop, especially since you can't buy these movies individually anyway.
Magin

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210 of 239 people found the following review helpful By James E. Saad on April 5, 2003
Format: DVD
Before I even get started I want to make one thing perfectly clear; I am not writing this review based on the bond movies. In my humble opinion The James Bond series is magnificent, some movies are better than others but overall this is action and adventure at its best. 007 is my favorite super hero of all time and I hope the Bond legacy lives forever.
Now that being said; what [is going on]!. Are you kidding me? This is what we get? Seven movies? That's it? My problem is with the boxed set. There have been 21 Bond Movies to date, they took 7 of them at random and stuck them together in a cardboard box and they call this a collectors set. Has anyone seen the collectors set they have in England? Its freaking gorgeous. It has all the movies in order from Dr. No to The World is Not Enough, plus a bonus DVD about the making of die another day and it's all beautifully presented in a chrome metal collector's box complete with artwork and many extras. If you have not seen it you can take a look at it on Amazon's UK site but don't buy it because it is region 2 and won't work on American DVD players.
Why don't we have a set like that? ...
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2005
Format: DVD
This collection includes various Bond movies from four of the actors that have played James Bond in the "official" Bond movies, which excludes "Never Say Never Again." My only complaint about the three collections is that the movies are not in order. I have all three sets because I like Bond rather than wanting all the Bond movies by one of the three actors. However, you have to take them as you can get them sometimes.

Each of the movies in this collection is a "special edition," which is a fancy name for DVDs that include extras that range in value from high to low. I have been very fascinated with some of the commentaries (those by Terence Young were very fascinating) and some of the features just seemed like filler. However, what I found interesting other may not, and vice versa. Rather than listing all the extras, a list of which is available, I will discuss the movies briefly.

"Dr. No" launched the Bond franchise. Sean Connery set the tone for Bond, suave, debonair, and terminally cool. He drove nice cars and had a penchant for dry one-liners. Ursula Andress set the tone for future Bond women, and Dr. No was coolly ruthless. Ken Adam's sets were artistic and artfully filmed by Terence Young, who also provided the stylistic role model for Connery's Bond. In the extras you learn that Connery was mentored by Young and acquired expensive tastes and hobbies in the process.

Many people consider the second movie in this collection, 1964's "Goldfinger," to be the best Bond film ever. Bond's villains continued to be ruthless and megalomaniacs, and Connery has a close encounter with a laser. Shirley Bassey belts out the title song and sets the standard for future Bond music.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2004
Format: DVD
I bought this box set as a birthday present for a friend who is hard of hearing, thinking that he could use the closed caption option.
I was shocked to find that all the DVD's in all of the James Bond boxed sets are NOT closed captioned in English!
They are only closed captioned in French and Spanish.
How can they sell these these DVDs in the USA, label them as "closed captioned" and not state on the box that they are NOT closed captioned in English?
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277 of 345 people found the following review helpful By Razr Maxx on September 20, 2002
Format: DVD
"The name is Bond, James Bond." With these words a franchise was born. In 1962 Ian Flemming launched a franchise that would forever change the action film genre. Starting with Dr. NO, one really couldn't tell that it was really a Bond film until that famous line was uttered. Now then, the Bond series has gone through no less than 5 different actors: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, finally Pierce Brosnan. Each having their own style. In my opinion, Pierce Brosnan is about as close to the original Sean Connery Bond as you can get. He's got the same pizazz and pinache as Connery did.
This first set of a re-issue contains seven of the soon to be twenty installment franchise. The first is the 1962 release "Dr. NO". This was Connery's first, and Bond's first official appearance.
Then comes '64's "Goldfinger", the 3rd Bond film. This film had one of the cleverest lines in a Bond film that I can recall. Bond: "Do you expect me to talk?" Goldfinger: "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die."
Then comes '74's "The Man with the Golden Gun". The 9th Bond film and Roger Moore's 2nd appearance as Bond. This film stars Christopher Lee as the villian who we now know as Count Dooku from Star Wars Episode II.
Then we have '77's "The Spy Who Loved Me". The 10th Bond film and Moore's 3rd appearance. This film stared Curt Jurgens as the villian and introduced the character Jaws played by Richard Kiel.
Then let's skip way forward and stop at '89's "License to Kill". This is the 16th Bond film which was Timothy Dalton's 2nd appearance as Bond. This film also stars Robert Davi as latino drug cartel leader.
Next comes '95's "GoldenEye". The 17th Bond film and also Pierce Brosnan, the modern Bond's first film.
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