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James Bond Ultimate Editions Collection [DVD]

Sean Connery , George Lazenby    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 40
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Dec 2006
  • Run Time: 2355 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K0YPH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,850 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Box set featuring all twenty films in the James Bond series. Beginning with 'Dr No' (1962), and moving quickly through 'From Russia With Love' (1963) and 'Goldfinger' (1964), the films' established their suave, martini-drinking, casino-going hero as the most prominent icon of the Jet Set era. 'Thunderball' (1965) and 'You Only Lived Twice' (1967) brought the formula to new levels of refinement, with Bond visiting various exotic locales, taking on various supervillains in various high-tech secret bases, and generally proving himself as adept at handling sophisticated technology as he is at seducing an endless series of international beauties. However, by this point, Sean Connery, the original Bond, was eager to try new things, and the producers decided upon George Lazenby as his replacement for the sixth film in the series, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969). A million-dollar pay cheque lured Connery back for the seventh, 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971), but it wasn't until Roger Moore took over in 'Live and Let Die' (1973) that the series really hit its stride again. Bringing a new ironic sensibility to the role, Moore was to reign supreme throughout the seventies and well into the eighties, fighting the three-nippled Scaramanga in 'The Man With The Golden Gun' (1974), taking his customised Lotus Esprit underwater in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977), going into outer space in 'Moonraker' (1979), and then, as the 1980s dawned, doing much the same but with much less verve in 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981), 'Octopussy' (1983), and 'A View To A Kill' (1985). Timothy Dalton stepped into the tuxedo for 'The Living Daylights' (1987) and 'Licence to Kill' (1989), bringing a new, raw and realistic edge to the action, something very much needed after the slack, Safari-suited decadence which increasingly came to the fore during the Moore years. However, by this point, the world seemed to have forgotten about Bond, and the secret agent went into exile until Pierce Brosnan successfully revived the character in 'GoldenEye' (1995), 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997), 'The World is Not Enough' (1999) and 'Die Another Day' (2002), proving that the globetrotting ladies' man is alive and well and ready to take on the 21st century.


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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond - Ultimate Collection 27 Jan 2007
Format:DVD
My review of this set will not look at the films individually in-depth, as Bond is very much a marmite thing - people either love it or hate it. I personally find these films very enjoyable. I like the Connery films for their old-school storylines, I like Lazenby's film because although he was a weak Bond, he did star in one of the most emotionally powerful Bond films ever (with a knockout, very unconventional ending). I like the Roger Moore films as they were just there for fun, escapist entertainment, and they served that function well. Timothy Dalton brought a harder edge to the side of James Bond and was the closest to a ruthless, cold-blooded assassin until Daniel Craig got into the tuxedo. Pearce Brosnan made some of the best Bond films, aside from of course Die Another Day, which is perhaps a bit too far-fetched for its own good.

Yes, this set is missing Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, but my personal feeling is that this set is complete, given that all of these films are made in a similar way and show the evolution of Bond from one film to another through a number of different actors, but are all respectful of what came before. Casino Royale is an excellent film, but is a completely different, younger Bond, so I consider it to be separate from this collection.

Anyway, what you get in this collection is stunning. I just finished watching Dr No, and I have to say, the visual and audio restoration make it look and sound as though it was made yesterday rather than yesteryear! Special effects aside (which are always going to show a film's age) these films have never looked better. Also, Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies are uncut for the first time in the UK, as certain moments of violence had to be cut for their theatrical releases.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Bond... James Bond 2 Feb 2007
Format:DVD
Firstly, I would just like to point out to the reviewer below that 'Never Say Never Again' is not included in this box set because it is not an official James Bond film and wasn't made by EON. This is why other James Bond films, such as the original 'Casino Royale', are also not included.

Nevertheless, this is a fantastic collection of the Bond films. Although it doesn't have all of the packaging frills of the 'suitcase' Ultimate Editions set, the improved visual and audio quality makes up for it. The numerous documentaries that have been scavenged from somewhere also provide a greater insight into the Bond universe than ever before.

And don't worry about not being able to fit all of the future Bonds into this case. All those who have seen 'Casino Royale' know that they have rebooted the series, so surely it is not completely necessary to mix old and new together.

And, of course, it goes without saying that the Bond films are such flagships of British-ness that we can't possibly pass them by!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Name, A Number, A Style 27 Mar 2007
Format:DVD
This truly is the ultimate Bond collection and now that I have it I won't endeavour to do so when the next one comes out. All 20 films and each with enough extras to keep you satisfied, especially the rather informative "Inside..." featurettes and this applies to my personal favourite On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The quality is excellent concerning the picture and it's a worthy addition.

Though the only downside is the fact that the box is ill-designed, coming out the bottom of the box...nevertheless, Bond truly is forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond Ultimate Editions 9 Aug 2013
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this product as my grandson had not seen many of the older James Bond films. I am delighted with my purchase - and so is he.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The one and only 1 Dec 2006
Format:DVD
The one and only bond box set you could ever need. Plenty of in depth coverage that will keep all budding 007 fans both old and new glued to their seats whilst watching the revamped series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The brilliance shines through 2 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
I bought this box on a whim, after quite heavy lunchtime drinking in London and stumbled into HMV on Oxford Street with money burning ahole in my pocket. I bought this (quite heavy) beauty (probably much to do with being a tad sozzled), but in sobriety, what a buy! Every Bond film with fantastic extras and remaster and gereally cleaned up. You know that time when you fancy a bit of Bond? Well they are all here for you to enjoy again and again. Daniel Craig is not represented here (shame, as he is excellent!), but that's not a worry. I can heartily recommend this set to anyone; if you are tinking 'it's a lot of monet, I'm not sure' STOP!, Buy this, you'll not regret it and these wonderful fims are to be enjoyed for manyu years to come! 10/10!
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