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on 18 November 2012
Sitting through the Bond films on Blu Ray is a treat. The production values built into them at the time showcase the high definition format in a way that few other films seem to. Even the oldest film here, Dr No, looks as though it could have been filmed yesterday. The sound is mostly excellent, although mixing the older films to surround sound has created some odd inconsistencies in level that are seriously irritating if you are watching on a television without surround sound. Cinematography by masters such as Freddie Young and Claude Renoir, design by Ken Adam that still seems fresh today and a lavish sense of scale can finally be seen properly for the first time since the films were originally in the cinema.

However, beware if you are buying the whole set to access the "Bonus Disc". This contains such thrills as all the title sequences, in order. Why? They appear in each film. I can't think of a reason to sit through them in order all at once! Then, when "Being Bond" is touted on the packaging as "all six actors who have played the legendary 007 are brought together through fascinating and revealing interviews", I expected a substantial documentary not a series of clips that in total amount to three minutes and eight seconds of vox pops. Similarly, "Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style", described as "a unique showcase of key moments in Bond history that reflects on the changing design and styles of the last 50 years" turns out to be nothing more than a four minute and one second promotion for the now closed exhibition of the same name in London. It's disappointing and a little cheap that even an hour long new documentary could not have been commissioned.

However, this is "a relatively minor inconvenience" to what is otherwise a great showcase to some of the most technically accomplished films ever made.
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