Sky Movies HD has today announced that the entire James Bond film catalogue, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, will be available on the service from October 2012. Customers will be able to enjoy all of the titles from the iconic franchise, as well as upcoming releases, in HD and without commercial interruption.
The twenty-two official Bond titles from EON Productions, from DR NO to QUANTUM OF SOLACE, will be shown on Sky Movies Showcase HD. In addition, the two non EON titles 1967 CASINO ROYALE and NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN will also be available in HD to Sky Movies Showcase HD customers. The upcoming official Bond film SKYFALL, which will be released theatrically on October 26, 2012 in the UK, will arrive on Sky Movies Box Office and in the Sky Store in the spring of 2013.
The deal marks the first time the complete catalogue of Bond films will have ever been shown uninterrupted and in high definition (HD) in the UK. It offers Bond fans an unrivalled opportunity to experience the films via Sky Movies’ comprehensive movies service – on the linear channels, on demand and on the go.
The films will come into license to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the franchise, with the first film, DR NO, released on 5 October 1962.
“We are simply delighted to have secured the Bond films for our customers” comments Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies. “Everything about these films is iconic – whether it’s the cars, the gadgets or the catchphrases. What’s more, they’ve become hugely significant culturally; demonstrating the best of British film. It’s an honour for us to have all of them for our customers, and we will ensure that we do them justice across Sky Movies, giving our customers the best possible experience in watching them. It’s an exciting time for Sky Movies and this is just one of many exciting plans we have coming up in the months ahead.”
Chris Ottinger, President, International Television Distribution & Acquisitions, MGM said, “It is the first time that the entire Bond collection will be shown side-by-side on one channel and we are really pleased to be able to showcase all of the British classics on Sky Movies.”
Sky Movies review programme 35MM will also be showing behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews of SKYFALL alongside the James Bond collection.