Diamonds are Forever is also in this set. The most significant positives about these movies are the improved sound and picture quality, and the second disk that comes with each movie that includes material uncollected in the original James Bond Collections. Brosnan shows up here a few times and we get a look at the storyboarding process and plenty of the stunt work as well. Dated, it's still very amusing to see the two of them interact and to hear Connery discuss his interaction with the Japanese locals. There are plenty of chase scenes and shootouts and the stunts are handled really, really well.
Volume 1 contains Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Living Daylights and The World is Not Enough. Testing The Limit — The Aerial Team is four and a half minutes of test footage from the plane fight scene, again narrated by Glen. The third is, as it states, a collection of storyboards shown in sequence to music. I'll get them just to see and hear the older films in this as-new condition. The older films are where you will notice the difference.
Oh well, we can rearrange them in order once we all have the sets. All in all, poor audio and poor picture makes for a pretty crappy experience. With its oil stealing and nuclear bomb thieving, The World Is Not Enough often feels like a hybrid of earlier Bond films. My question is why don't they just make one huge box set for the dedicated fans with all the movies set in order. This featurette was originally made to promote the film before it hit theaters. It's interesting that producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman chose to start with the sixth book in the series rather than with an origin story.
You Only Live Twice 1967 : Widely considered one of the lesser films in the franchise and the weakest up to the point it was made, four decades later You Only Live Twice is still not up there with the best that the series had to offer but as a good, entertaining popcorn movie it works well enough. Soon Bond is able to tie Octopussy, Khan and Orlov all together to figure out what is going on but by the time that happens, the bomb is already en route by way of a circus train and he finds himself with no time to spare and the lives of thousands of people at stake. Despite the obvious flaws in a few of the movies on this set, Moonraker and Tomorrow Never Dies specifically, the five movies in this set are still a lot of fun. There are no problems to report with hiss or distortion and the levels appear to be properly balanced across the board. Dalton would only keep his 007 status for one more movie -- 1989's Licence To Kill -- and the near-flatlined Bond franchise would lie dormant until the injection of fresh blood Pierce Brosnan and the smash success of 1995's Goldeneye, which reinvigorated the series. For years I've opted to turn off my sound equipment when watching the Connery films.
Completely ridiculous even by Bond standards, Moonraker suffers from horrible jokes, bad puns, and some hammy acting from Moore in the lead. Yes they are being released with the opening of Casino Royale in theaters, but you can tell a whole lot of work went into these sets. These films are such a big, big part of our culture--all of them. Ian Fleming had no idea what he had on his hands when he wrote Casino Royale and introduced this mysterious super spy into the world of fiction. . Also new to this release is an eleven-minute collection of interviews with the cast and crew entitled Bond '79 where we get a chance to enjoy little talks with Broccoli and a few other cast and crew members as organized by Michael Wilson.
However, the space station is reasonably well done. There's no doubt at all that the movie was meant to cash in on the science fiction craze that was sweeping the world in the wake of Star Wars mania and the Bond producers obviously wanted a piece of that potentially lucrative pie. Definately worth the upgrade, this is the longest running franchise in film history and it continues to deliver quality action entertainment. Carried over from the last special edition release, it's an interesting discussion as Glen's memory of the movie and the time he spent making it is very sharp. Honor Blackman's Pussy Galore is the prototype for the series' rash of man-hating supermodels. Each of the volumes contains 5 movies, each digitally remastered with a ton of extras. Rounding out the extra features are the theatrical trailer, a generous still gallery, animated menus, chapter stops, and the seemingly obligatory 007 Mission Control interactive bit that follows the same formula as those on the other discs in the set.
This was created back when the film was gearing up for its theatrical release so it's a little dated in that regard and obviously not comprehensive given the amount of sequels that have been made since, but it's a fun look at the James Bond movies that had been made up until that point in time. I never would have imagined that movies made in the 60's and 70's could sound so good. Veteran series director John Glen's action scenes have never been better--especially the show-stopping mid-air battle on the net of a speeding cargo plane--and he returns the series to the smart, rough, high-energy adventures that made the Bond reputation. This starts off with an introduction from Brolin who talks about his brief flirtation with the part, and from there we get three clips. Save for the extended, action-packed climax aboard a oil rig, much of Diamonds Are Forever is pretty rote -- none of the action sequences really have much pop no, not even that nifty driving on two wheels into an alley trick and Connery seems as though he'd rather be anywhere else, just going through the motions and dutifully doling out quips. The popular character Jaws Richard Kiel appears again in this movie. Read about the process google Ultimate Bond.
These films have been re-mastered via the truly revolutionary Lowry System and the results are stupendous, both visually and aurally. In the extras you learn that Connery was mentored by Young and acquired expensive tastes and hobbies in the process. Shortly after, while on the radio with London, his secretary is also killed. Unique to this ultimate edition release is a new commentary track with Sir Roger Moore. We also have Hervé Villechaize Fantasy Island who stars as Scaramanga's right hand man, Nick-Nack. The only weak point of the film was Denise Richards whose acting was laughably bad as she tried to pass herself as an intelligent and strong woman. Of course, through some clever thinking and fast action, his plan is a success — cue the opening credits and the theme song courtesy of Sheryl Crow.