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The James Bond Collection, Volume 1

4.6 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

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Seven films. Four Bonds. One set. This sprawling collection surveys over 30 years of James Bond skullduggery, from the cold war tensions of the 1960s to the international free-for-all of the present. Sean Connery remains the coolest of the Bonds, a ruthless agent with dry martini wit and a way with the women, and in Goldfinger his steely presence helped forge the Bond formula of tongue-in-cheek wit, wondrous secret agent toys created by Q, and megalomaniac supervillains bent on world destruction. Thunderball upped the Bond ante with the most ambitious adventure--and budget--to date. Roger Moore brought an altogether lighter tone to 007 with Live and Let Die, softening Connery's rough edges with a more romantic persona as the films became even more exotic. After a brief digression into outer space, For Your Eyes Only returned Bond to globetrotting high adventure and teamed him with his most endearing ally (Topol as a gregarious smuggler). Timothy Dalton made his second and final appearance as Bond in Licence to Kill, 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 007's licence to kill, combining the best of Connery's cool and Moore's humor. GoldenEye is the best Bond film in years, a grand globetrotting adventure with lovely Bond girls and a tough new M (Judy Dench). Tomorrow Never Dies 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. Taken together, this set is a veritable cross-section of the many faces of James Bond. All that's missing is George Lazenby. Do I hear a nomination for set 2? --Sean Axmaker

Special Features

  • Making-of featurettes and other documentaries

Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco
  • Directors: Guy Hamilton, John Glen, Martin Campbell, Roger Spottiswoode, Terence Young
  • Writers: Bruce Feirstein, Ian Fleming, Jack Whittingham
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000K2SQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The James Bond Collection, Volume 1" on IMDb

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By A Customer on December 3, 1999
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I have just purchased the 7 DVD gift set and am amazed at the overall quality and extras that they contain. The menu screens are fantastic and the picture quality is amazing. Many of these DVD's have been remastered using THX, this is not noted on the actual covers. MGM has chosen to release the DVD's in three waves. The first set has been released, the second and third sets will be released next year covering the entire series. There have been many complaints about Disney's DVD box set and the fact that it contains no supplementary material. The James Bond Gift set contains so many extra's that it becomes almost daunting. There are various Behind the scenes stills, Active storyboard sequences, music videos, Documentaries, Original radio interviews, 007 featurettes, Digital effects reels. Every one of these DVD's has a newly created widescreen master for optimal picture and sound quality. BUY IT!
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It's hard to argue with anything Bond (except Never Say Never Again, of course). I don't even mind the campiness of Diamonds Are Forever.
The set is great - it's nice to see Bond in a way that reminds us of the theater experience. I have owned every Bond film on VHS - even Casino Royale. It was a tough decision to upgrade. But the DVD version is worth it. I think they have done a very good job with the quality of the transfer and the extras are kinda nice too.
The one problem (and the only reason to give it four stars) is the randomness of the selections. This set isn't chronological; it isn't a best of; they aren't separated by actor; it isn't done by box office receipts (box office is a bad way to judge good Bond). So what is it? How did they choose? What do they call the next set - Random Bond Sampler II?
It seems that this type of a set should include On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
For the afficianado, it doesn't matter. He/she would acquire all of them anyway. (And there isn't one in here you wouldn't want to own.) So I think the math works out so that buying the set is cheaper.
The problem is for the uninitiated. This really isn't even a starter set, for of course that would include Dr. No. If you are looking to spend big bucks or this is a gift - no disappointment. But it's kind of a big chunk all at once.
I would recommend doing it this way: Start with Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only, and Tomorrow Never Dies. After that, if you become a true Bond addict like me, read on.
Next, you want to pick up the rest of the early Connery's: Dr. No (the film that started a revolution), From Russia With Love (my personal favorite), and Thunderball (absolutely fantastic - and gives great SPECTRE).
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You'll notice the Bond box sets are out of print and selling at astronomically high prices here. DON'T BUY THEM! The entire set is being re-issued in October, 2002 and you'll be able to buy on Amazon.Com for less than [price]. Unless you like to overpay just wait. These DVDs are a must for any serious Bond fan, but not at these prices.
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The James Bond 007 Collection on DVD is something ALL fans MUST have! The films transfers are beautiful! The extra features are so cool! This is the best Bond set of the three, due to the wide variety of different films. I don't care if the films aren't in correct order (as I said in my reveiw of James Bond 007 Colllection Volume 2). Thus, this boxed set is a very interesting mixed bag of different Bond actors. Personally, my favorite would have to be Roger Moore. My least favorite? Without any thought, surely Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan's a great actor, but just can't do Bond to well. He's also to Pretty for me. Bond's sopposed to be tough. Well, Brosnan's NOT! But, it's nice to have his two films in this set. The World Is Not Enough is an OK entry, but II consider it a plus it isn't in here. Anyway, you get seven very good Bond films on EXCELLENT DVDs! The first is Goldfinger, directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Sean Connery as Bond. In this film, Bond must go after Auric Goldfinger, because he's smuggling gold. He comes in contact with three gorgeous woman, Jill Masterson (the golden girl), Tilly Masterson, her sister out for revenge because Goldfinger had her killed, and Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), who's tough as nails and doesn't mind getting in a fight with Bond. Goldfinger's a great Bond film. It was the first Bond to introduce to us lots of cool gadgets and gags (watch out for the Aston Martin DB5), and was the first blockbuster hit of the series. It was followed by another blockbuster mega hit, Thunderball, directed by Terence Young and also starring Sean Connery. In Thunderball, Bond goes after Largo, an evil badboy who is planning to bomb Miami! Bond races against time to try and stop him.Read more ›
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By A Customer on December 17, 1999
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This set offers a wide variety of Bond movies. When browsing through the interactive menu, a viewer will immediatly get drawn to the fascinating special features, documentaries and satisfaction of having the movie in great quality. Every actor that ever played James Bond is included (except George Lazenby) and this gives great variety. I loved the movies simply because I love James Bond movies. The directing, special effects are great and it is a very satisfying to be able to watch the older Bond movies in cinema quality. This is the reason why the DVD package is so much more worthwhile than the VHS version. All of the titles are filled with suspense, action, romance, espianage and everything else one can think off. The James Bond Gift Set is a perfect gift for James Bond lovers but also a good buy for the average viewer who likes action, lots of special affects and stunts.
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