|James Bond Ultimate Edition - Vol. 3 (GoldenEye / Live and Let Die / For Your Eyes Only / From Russia With Love / On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
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James Bond tries to stop a Spectre plan to pit the U.S. and Russia against each other, find a stolen British encryption device, marries a crime boss's daughter in order to find Ernst Stavro Blofeld, investigates the deaths of several British agents, and tries to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon.ries to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Release Date: 6-NOV-2007
Media Type: DVD
Goldeneye: The 18th James Bond adventure was a runaway box-office success when released in 1995, thanks to the arrival of Pierce Brosnan as the fifth actor (following the departure of Timothy Dalton) to play the suave, danger-loving Agent 007. This James Bond is a bit more vulnerable and psychologically complex--and just a shade more politically correct--but he's still a formally attired playboy at heart, with a lovely Russian beauty (Izabella Scorupco) as his sexy ally against a cadre of renegade Russians bent on--what else?--global domination. There's also a seductive villainous with the suggestive name of Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), and the great actress Judi Dench makes her first appearance as Bond's superior, M, who wisecracks about 007's "dinosaur" status as a globetrotting sexist. All in all, this action-packed Bond adventure provided a much-needed boost the long-running movie series, revitalizing the 007 franchise for the turn of the millennium. --Jeff Shannon
Live and Let Die: Roger Moore was introduced as James Bond in this 1973 action movie featuring secret agent 007. More self-consciously suave and formal than predecessor Sean Connery, he immediately reestablished Bond as an uncomplicated and wooden fellow for the feel-good '70s. This film also marks a deviation from the more character-driven stories of the Connery years, a deliberate shift to plastic action (multiple chases, bravura stunts) that made the franchise more of a comic book or machine. If that's not depressing enough, there's even a good British director on board, Guy Hamilton (Force 10 from Navarone). The story finds Bond taking on an international drug dealer (Yaphet Kotto), and while that may be superficially relevant, it isn't exactly the same as fighting supervillains on the order of Goldfinger. --Tom Keogh For Your Eyes Only: After a ship sunk off the coast of Albania, the world's superpowers begin a feverish search for its valuable lost cargo: the powerful ATAC system, which will give its bearer unlimited control over Polaris nuclear submarines. As Bond joins the search, he suspects the suave Kristatos (Julian Glover) of seizing the device. The competition between nations grows more deadly by the moment, but Bond finds an ally in the beautiful Melina Havelock (Caroline Bouquet), who blames Kristatos for the death of her parents. The non-stop action includes automobile chases, thrilling underwater battles, and even a breathtaking tour over razor-sharp coral reefs. But all of this is merely a prelude to 007's cliffhanging assault of a magnificent mountaintop fortress. -- Robert Lynch
From Russia with Love: Directed with consummate skill by Terence Young, the second James Bond spy thriller is considered by many fans to be the best of them all. Certainly Sean Connery was never better as the dashing Agent 007, whose latest mission takes him to Istanbul to retrieve a top-secret Russian decoding machine. His efforts are thwarted when he gets romantically distracted by a sexy Russian double agent (Daniela Bianchi), and is tracked by a lovely assassin (Lotte Lenya) with switchblade shoes, and by a crazed killer (Robert Shaw), who clashes with Bond during the film's dazzling climax aboard the Orient Express. From Russia with Love is classic James Bond, before the gadgets, pyrotechnics, and Roger Moore steered the movies away from the more realistic tone of the books by Ian Fleming. --Jeff Shannon On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Australian model George Lazenby took up the mantle of the world's most suave secret agent when Sean Connery retired as James Bond (although Connery returned in Diamonds Are Forever before leaving the role to Roger Moore); Lazenby's subsequent career fizzled, yet this one-hit wonder is responsible for one of the best Bond films of all time. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 007 leaves the Service to privately pursue his SPECTRE nemesis Blofeld (played this time by Telly Savalas), whose latest master plan involves a threat to the world's crops by agricultural sterilization. Bond teams up with suave international crime lord Draco (Gabriele Ferzetti) and falls in love with--and marries--his elegant daughter, Tracy (Diana Rigg). Bond goes monogamous? Not at first; after all he has Blofeld's harem to seduce. Lazenby hasn't the intensity of Connery but he has fun with his quips and even lampoons the Bond image in a playful pre-credits sequence, and Rigg, fresh from playing sexy Emma Peel in The Avengers, matches 007 in every way. Former editor Peter Hunt makes a strong directorial debut, deftly handling the elaborate action sequences with a kinetic finesse. Though not a hit on its original release, On Her Majesty's Secret Service has become a fan favorite and the closest the series has come to capturing the spirit of Ian Fleming's books. --Sean Axmaker
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- Perhaps the Best Volume
I've also reviewed the first two volumes but I honestly believe that Volume Three is the best. I plan on getting them all and have the entire series for the first time in my life but, if I had to pick a single best volume, it would be this one.
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE has the most solid Cold War story of all the films and everyone is firing on all pistons. Connery IS Bond in this one, making the character his own, and Robert Shaw and Lotte Lenya as the villians are among the best.
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE is George Lazenby's only film and it remains a controversial entry in the series. Myself, I loved it. Diana Rigg is awesome, the photography and editing are great, and the story feels like it has more meat on its bones than any other film.
(These first two films probably come closest to the Ian Fleming novels).
LIVE AND LET DIE is Moore's first appearance as Bond. It has a hit Paul McCartney & Wings song and a 19-year-old Jane Seymour, along with a very charismatic villian in Yaphet Kotto. The boat chase is still thrilling and Sheriff J.W. Pepper is still hilarious.
GOLDENEYE is Brosnan's first appearance as Bond and remains his best film. Wonderful use of Russian locales, particularly the "graveyard" of Communist statues, and the deadliest Bond girl since Pussy Galore.
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY was an attempt to get back to better stories after the overblown epics of the Seventies.
So, as far as I'm concerned, there isn't a bad one in the lot. Like I said, I plan on getting them all--but this one looks like the best.
- Ulitimate Yes
I give it 2 thumbs up, I love this James Bond. Oh yeah the documentaries keep me interested in seeing the movie over ,and over again.
Now that am up to date with the Bond movies, I can sit down ,and watch my favorities.
Anyone who is a big fan in Bond flims should get this box set. Start your collection with this Ultimate James Bond Edition.
Cannot wait in another 20 years they start a new box set of Bond movies.
Thanks Amazon for having it at a cheap price. ...more info
The image is perfect, the sound is excellent and special features are full of documentaries about the exotic locations used in the movie, about the actors. This is really a great set for whom is a fan of James Bond. Can't wait the next one.James Bond Ultimate Edition - Vol. 1 (The Man with the Golden Gun / Goldfinger / The World Is Not Enough / Diamonds Are Forever / The Living Daylights)...more info
- SHOCKING, POSITIVELY SHOCKING !
Just got my hands on the first 2 sets of this release, I had high hopes but this is ridiculous: you get music you didn't know existed , sounds you'd never heard before (was there a creak in M's door on FRWL before ?). It's hard to believe they didn't re-record the complete soundtracks. Even the new films look greatly improved which I just didn't expect.
You can't call yourself a Bond fan and stick to your old DVD set. Double-dipping has never been this good ! ...more info
- James Bond Set Review
Terriffic price for a fantastic set.A must have in every James Bond fan's video library....more info
- happy customer
Product arrived fast and in great condition...would definately purchase from this company in the future....more info
- 007 returns to DVD, and in top form.
Volume 3 of the recently released Bond DVD sets is without a doubt the best of the 4. Each film in this set ranks among the better to best Bond pictures ever. No lame duds such as Die Another Die or Moonraker are included, just very solid installments. GoldenEye is the crown jewel of the set for me personally, as it was the first one I saw as a child, thus becoming my favorite. From Russia With Love is my second favorite Bond film, not just in this set, but period. Connery never bettered his preformance in this film and Robert Shaw as Red Grant is simply one of the greatest Bond villians ever. The plots of both these films push them to the head of the pack as they are interesting, exciting, and actually make sense, unlike say The World is not Enough. Live and Let Die marked Roger Moore's debut as Bond and I believe this to be his second best turn in the role. The Spy Who Loved Me (not included in this set, would be his best I believe) However, Live and Let Die as well as For Your Eyes Only are stellar Moore films. He was best in these earlier additions. His last two just didnt cut it for me, the man was too old. However in these two he is in top form, just like the films themselves. And finally, On Her Majesty's Secret Service is another grand achievment in the Bond universe. It shows a side of Bond that was not shown again until this year's Casino Royale. Bond is in love, and actually becomes a married man. Its a very realistic and exciting film with Telly Savalis as the infamous Blofeld. George Lazenby delivers a respectable preformance as Bond. Its actually suprising that he didn't do a second film because he does very well in the role. I cant say enough good about this particular set. Its just simply great and the extra material goes a long way in supporting that. It may be awhile before I own all the sets, but I'm in no rush at all as I enjoy Volume 3. 10 out of 10 for this set....more info
- If you bought these 3 years ago, save your money!!!!
Once again, MGM has re-released these on DVD, & compared to the ones released from 1999 to 2003, these are crappy, there are less pictures in the booklets, & they are in slim cases, it is bad enough that movie studios have cheated us out of inside sleeves, now they want to cheat us out of the keep case's size, enough about that, on to the review, this particular set has three of the best Bond films:
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
This is without a doubt Roger Moore's best, It deals with a cargo ship that was sunk in the ocean that contains a very important device that can be used by rogue nations as a weapon against other nations, It is up to Bond to retrieve it first, before Russia does, this of course was during the Cold War, & has some fun elements, the ski chase is awesome, I don't think it has been duplicated since, the opening scene is funny as Bond drops Dr. Evil in a smoke stack after trying to kill him in a helicopter, the wheelchair-bound villian's evil laugh is what makes this a treat, as he controls the helicopter's control panel, that is until Bond de-activates it, this one also has the most beautiful Bond girl ever, & Julian Glover(Donovan in the "Indiana Jones/Last Crusade") as the suave villian, who has a mute assassin, to TOPOL(Flash Gordon) as Columbo, Bond's new partner, to a house that sits on a mountain, this one has what one would expect from a Bond film.
This is Pierce Bronsnon's best Bond film hands down, like the one above, it has a cool opening sequence as Bond & 006(Sean Bean) infiltrate a secret Russian compound, only to be attacked & 006 presumed killed, watching Bond chase a stray plane in thin air is neat, unreal, but neat nonetheless, as he escapes capture, & like the one above, this one has a beautiful Bond girl, & a very clever plot, about the end of the cold war & some who refuse to accept it on both sides, it also has a female assassin who kills during a climax, you know, all in all, this one brought back Bond to movie screens, I can't say the same for the two that followed, but this one is great.
Live & Let Die (1973)
This was Roger Moore's first Bond film, & it more or less played on the blackploitation films of the time, with Yaphet Kotto(Alien) as Mr. Big & a very young Jane Seymour as Solitaire, this one also has a voodoo subplot, this one shouldn't be taken to seriously, it is good fun, & Moore plays it to the hilt, as he tries to stop Mr. Big's drug cartel, a plot that would later be echoed in 1989's "License to kill".
The other two I have not seen, but this is the best of the four sets....more info
- Great James Bond Collection
It was ship quick and in Great working condition. this set includes From Russia with Love, on her majesty secreat service, Live and Let die, for your eyes only, and Goldeneye. It was greatly digitaly remasterd a great set for a James Bond Fan....more info
I purchased the whole collection of James Bond DVD's for my boyfriend for Christmas and it was a huge hit. He loves them! The DVD's have all of the Bond's on them but are not in order of how they came out, that is my only complaint with them, but he likes the way they are organized so I guess it's okay....more info
- James Bond Collection #3 of 4, In the ULTIMATE Version!
This collection includes various Bond movies from four of the actors that have played James Bond in the "official" Bond movies, which excludes "Never Say Never Again." I have a couple of complaints about the four collections, balanced by some significant positives.
My two biggest complaints are that the movies are not in order, which continues the tradition begun with the previous James Bond Collections, and these movies are so good when compared to the originals that fan of the James Bond movies will want to have these, which means you have to shell out a lot of money to buy these movies over again.
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. If you have the previous James Bond Collections and you have watched them only once, then you can probably pass this collection over. If you watched the previous James Bond Collections and you thought the picture and sound could have been improved, and you wished for more extras, then you may want to shell out the big bucks and buy these four sets.
Two of Roger Moore's films are in this third set. Roger Moore's first appearance as James Bond was in "Live and Let Die." While Yaphet Kotto was an excellent bad guy, too much of this movie seemed like exploitation, and most of the drug dealers were black. I was also disappointed that Bond was reduced to chasing after drug dealers rather than someone threatening western civilization.
The second Moore movie in this collection is one of the best in the series, and one of Roger Moore's best. "For Your Eyes Only" has a good spy plot with everyone after an A.T.A.C. system that went down with a British spy ship. Julian Glover as Aristotle Kristatos is as coldly evil as any Bond villain, and Carole Bouquet as Bond girl Melina Havelock is beautiful and capable of revenge. Topol as semi-good guy Columbo is wonderful. The only point where the movie is weak is the inclusion of Lynn-Holly Johnson. I will leave you to discover what she does to the movie, and what she tries to do to Bond.
One Sean Connery film is in this collection. "From Russia with Love" is one of the best of the Bond movies, and is the best in some people's opinions. This follow-up to "Dr. No" introduced us to Desmond Llewelyn as Q, gadgets, multiple exotic locales, more tongue-in-cheek, a bigger variety of vehicles, and ever more Bond women. The production values and budget were higher than for "Dr. No," the first Bond film, and the action and plotting were outstanding. This movie is a gem in this collection.
George Lazenby was Bond only in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Bond is on a witch hunt for Ernst Blofeld after what happened in "You Only Live Twice." Initially Bond plans on resigning, but Moneypenny cleverly gets the resignation changed to a two week vacation. Bond sets out to track down Blofeld. After a side-track to Portugal, James finds Blofeld in the Alps. A variety of action scenes ensue, leading to Bond getting married to Diana Rigg. Yes, it really happened. Watch and see.
The last movie in this collection is Pierce Brosnan's first Bond movie. In 1995's "Goldeneye," Bond is more dynamic and a more traditional spy than Timothy Dalton. This movie raised the location stakes by filming for the first time in Russia, along with a number of other exotic locations. The gadgets are better and the women are nearly more than Bond can handle, especially Xenia Onatopp. This movie contains more plot twists than a typical Bond movie, so be prepared to think a little as things go boom. Tina Turner does the title song reasonably well, but her performance has powerful competition in many of the other recent Bond films.
Because of all the extras these DVDs require hours to watch. The value of the extras varies, but watching them gives a fan much more information about the difficulties of making each movie, and how many of the stunts were performed. I consider these movies to be among the gems of my DVD collection. I recommend this set very highly if you are just starting to collect Bond movies, are looking to replace your VHS versions, or you must have the best versions available.
- A BLOFELDIAN DISASTER!!!
No doctor! Not a finger gold! Get it? Please don't be afraid to release these in production order. You WILL get my money. New young viewers who don't know the joy of watching the Bond films in order are really being screwed. 007, where are you? ...more info
- Bond Collection, Vol. 3
In honor of the new Bond restart "Casino Royale", all the previous Bond movies have been released in four boxed sets in two disc special edition form, with state od the art picture and sound quality and a dazzling array of special features.
For me, this is a dream come true. I've been a James Bond since I was 5 years old. I've idolized the very idea of the man since I was a kid, and now to see him in all incarnations in the way he is meant to be seen is a treat.
Volume One gives you five Bond films: 1963's classic "From Russia With Your Love", Geoge Lazenby's 1969 one-off classic "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", 1973's highly entertaining blaxploitation sendup "Live And Let Die" (Roger Moore;s first film), 1981's excellent Greek adventure "For Your Eyes Only" and Pierce Brosnan's 1985 debut masterpiece "Goldeneye".
I'm not going to give plot details of all the movies, but I will say that the picture and sound quality do indeed do live up to expectations. The collectible booklets that come with the dvds are excellent, and while I have not watched any of them yet, I'm sure the extras are excellent. Overall, this is definitely a must have....more info
- Great set
I gave this to my hubby for christmas- I like the way you get 5 movies for the price of a new release. Fun set. Would purchase again....more info
- The Red Set is the Best Set!
James Bond Ultimate Edition - Vol. 3 (GoldenEye / Live and Let Die / For Your Eyes Only / From Russia With Love / On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
As a whole, the collection is wonderful mostly because of the bonus features. You get behind the scenes, interviews, tributes to various Bond family, documentaries, audio commentary from directors, cast and sometimes Bond (Roger Moore), music videos and much more!!
This is hands down the best volume of the James Bond collection. GoldenEye is the best Bronson's outing as Bond and is exciting. Live and Let Die was fun and engaging (although a little outdated). From Russia With Love IS the best Bond film of all times!! On Her Majesty's Secret Service maybe long, but great character development and shows Bond with a heart. For Your Eyes Only is Roger Moore at his BEST!! He mixes his humor with hardcore toughness.
Get this volume...it is the best!...more info
- The best of the Ultimate Bond boxed sets
With an embryonic and not entirely successful Robert Brownjohn title sequence of credits projected onto body of belly dancer (some great spelling mistakes here, as `Monte' Norman and `Martin' Beswicke's agents probably pointed out!), Barry's first official Bond score and Blofeld's first (off-screen) appearance, the formula is clearly beginning to fall into place. This was also the first of the series to have a pre-title sequence, one of the few that relates directly to the film's plot, and it is still by far the most successful of any of them.
The gadgets that were to eventually get so out of hand make first appearance in form of Bond's ingenious attach¨¦ case, but at least here they are still entirely credible - nothing more extravagant than a well kitted-out briefcase and a breakaway sniper's rifle. Series regular Walter Gotell also makes his first appearance, though not as General Gogol but as the head of a S.P.E.C.T.R.E. training school. Unlike the cute and lovable old Russian bear at SMERSH in the Moore films, here he is cheerfully ruthless and businesslike, using live targets in training courses.
Bond's snobbery is much to the fore here. "Red wine with fish, that should have told me something," he tells Robert Shaw's working class homicidal paranoiac, the best and most genuinely threatening of the Bond heavies ("You may know the right wines, but you're the one on your knees."). It also establishes the sexual deviancy of the villains in Rosa Klebb's lesbian tendencies (very apparent as her hand wanders onto Daniella Bianchi's knee). With Bond such an amoral figure, the villains had to be even more immoral and perverse: always bastions of authority, usually millionaires they get their kicks planning global crimes, so depravity is simply foreplay to them. Even Vladek Sheybal's chess master Kronstein, looking for all the world like Vladimir Putin with mild indigestion, seems at a remove from mere mortal pleasures.
It's still the best of the series and most convincingly plotted, an excellent crane shot of the chequered setting for a chess tournament sets the scene for the chess-like nature of the plot as factions co-existing in uneasy truces are set off against each other. Indeed, directorially this is considerably more ambitious and assured than its predecessor, evident in the skilfully handled church scene and a beautifully blocked scene as Bond is followed along a train platform by Shaw inside the train.
Sadly, while pitched as the `Ultimate Edition,' the transfer on this repackaged two-disc edition is still problematic. The picture quality is certainly improved over the original single-disc issue, but rather than the original British 1.66:1 ratio, it's presented in the cropped 1.85:1, but worse still, the ending is still missing footage of Bond examining the reel of compromising 8mm film in the gondola before the end title. As with Dr No there's not a huge amount of new extra material over the extras from previous release, all of which are carried over here, but it's pretty good - extracts from Ian Fleming on radio show Desert Island Discs, a TV interview with the author and a featurette on Fleming and Raymond Chandler.
No Bond film has suffered as much historical and critical revisionism as On Her Majesty's Secret Service. A huge hit on its first release and no better or worse reviewed than any of the preceding Bonds, George Lazenby's decision to leave the series before the film was released led to a tidal wave of attacks from the press and spurned co-producer Albert R. Broccoli (who even removed Lazenby's face from the original US poster!) that cast such a dark shadow over the film that the fact it's one of the highpoints of the series slipped from the public consciousness. Instead it became the Bond that flopped (if taking more than ten times its cost can be called flopping), the Bond that everybody hated (there were plenty of rave reviews to prove otherwise) with the Bond so bad he had to be fired (the producers tried to sign him up for several more pictures but, foolishly he admits, their new star thought the series was on the way out). It didn't help that the film was subsequently heavily cut for reissues and TV, and it's only with the Ultimate Edition DVD that the film is finally available in its absolutely uncut version (even the previous DVD was missing a few shots). Over the years its reputation has gradually grown, although EON clearly still regard it as the black sheep of the series: where the producers proudly boasted in 1970 that it was the fastest Bond to recoup its cost, for the documentary here they maintain it was the slowest. It's tempting to imagine whether 2006's Casino Royale would have met with similar treatment had Daniel Craig decided to call it a day before it opened...
It's all the more mystifying considering how fresh and genuinely exciting much of the film still is today. With many of the series' regulars off making Shalako with Sean Connery (as was intended leading lady Brigitte Bardot), the film benefits greatly from new blood and new ideas while debuting director Peter Hunt's long experience as the series editor keeps it recognisably a Bond film. George Leech's stuntwork is much better than anything Bob Simmonds ever came up with, while cinematographer Michael Reed's superb work in the Swiss locations makes it one of the most visually memorable of the series. The ski chases still amaze, with Willi Bogner and Johnny Jordan going to ridiculously dangerous lengths to secure shots no-one had ever attempted before or equalled since (Bogner skiing backwards with a camera for the ground shots while Jordan was suspended from a helicopter for the aerial shots!), made all the more vivid by John Barry's superb score with its most exciting main title theme of the entire series.
Blessed with one of the strongest and certainly the most emotional of Fleming's plots, followed much more closely than the norm for the films, it also has a healthy contempt for the gadgets that keeps Bond, not the hardware centre stage: he may use a hefty gizmo to crack a safe, but he's more interested in leafing through Playboy while waiting for it to do its job. Elsewhere, he uses his wits and what's available. It's particularly gratifying to see him tear out his pockets and use them as makeshift gloves in one scene.
There are odd moments of awkwardness to Lazenby's performance, but nothing truly fatal, and he grows into the role as it progresses. Indeed, as the first Bond to be asked to show real fear (in the ice rink sequence) and despair (the ending), at his best he's far more natural than his detractors give him credit and despite being intended as a Connery imitator there are plenty of moments where he makes the part his own. He's certainly the most physical Bond, not least because of Peter Hunt's determination to put him in harm's way so the camera can come in close in the vicious fight sequences. As for whether Connery would have made the film better still, it's doubtful. Had it originally followed Goldfinger as was originally planned, it's possible, but by the time the oft-rescheduled picture finally went before the camera he'd lost all interest in the part and it's hard to imagine him putting any more effort into it than he did in Diamonds Are Forever. It's certainly impossible to imagine him pulling off the film's devastating final scene by that point.
On the debit side, the pacing is slightly problematic, not least due to the deletion of an uncompleted chase through the London Underground that leaves the film with a slight sag in the middle. That continuity problem with Blofeld not recognising Bond IS irritating (OHMSS was intended to be their first meeting), the romantic montage feels like a jewellers commercial and at times Hunt's cut-to-the-bone editing style is overdone. None of which stop this being very nearly the best Bond of them all, and the one the series wouldn't come close to matching for another 37 years.
For Bond fans, this repackaged two-disc Ultimate Edition is like a brightly lit Christmas Tree on Christmas morning, with plenty of new extras to make it worth an upgrade to the two-disc edition if you already have the previous DVD. Of these, the most interesting are the interviews with Lazenby from the time of the film's release. Much criticised for his arrogance and ego in an era when stars were kept on a tight leash, now he simply seems honest and sincere and considerably more positive about the film than many of today's stars on modern press junkets. Unfortunately, while all three original 1969 making-of featurettes have been included on this issue, Shot On Ice, about the filming of the stock car sequence, has been clumsily tampered with, the extracts from the film taken from the remastered print in widescreen in away that will annoy the purists. It's also missing the alternate theatrical trailers that have appeared on the laserdisc and video releases in the past. But to go some way to compensating, the disc also includes new featurettes on casting the film and a staged press day during shooting as well as all the extras from the original release - plus that tidied up uncut version. Highly recommended, this is Bond at his best.
Fondly remembered by many as Moore's best effort, you have to be in the right mood to see this today and willing to make a mental trip back in time to the early 70s when it was made. It's probably dated more than almost any other Bond film - even bearing in mind that the seventies was the decade that fashion forgot, the sideburns and flares on display here are pretty vicious and, as the first film since Dr No to enter Bond's flat, it is deeply distressing to note that he is a slave to Formica and has chicken-shaped pate moulds on the wall. As swell as being the first Bond film since Goldfinger not to be shot in 2.35:1 widescreen, more significantly it also marks the point at which the series started imitating other trends rather than setting them - in this case blaxploitation pictures, which is quite an achievement you're your hero is white. Beyond its voodoo trappings little of the plot of Ian Fleming's novel survives as Shaft - sorry, Bond - takes on the drug-pushing president of a small island in Jamaica, but it's certainly one of the most action-packed of the series and never outstays its welcome the way some later efforts would.
Taking barely 11 minutes to get into some serious raised eyebrow action, there is perhaps a bit too much of Simon Templar in Moore's performance, but there is also a harder edge to his Bond that was soon smoothed away. He has a very cynical attitude towards Jane Seymour's virginal Solitaire), using her callously as bait. In a way it's a blessing that the film was not tailored specifically for Moore as later efforts would be, relying more on his rarely tapped abilities as an actor than his star persona. It doesn't hurt that director Guy Hamilton visibly raises his game from his lazy helming of Diamonds Are Forever.
This also shows the first sign of breaking up set pieces to add throwaway visual gags. This frequently detracts from the nifty and still very impressive speedboat chase, possibly the best sustained action sequence in the series until the free-running chase in Casino Royale, as Clifton James does his Deputy Dawg impersonation while the odd bit of slapstick comedy removes much of the threat. At times it is hard to tell which lines are meant to be funny and which ones aren't. "Great disguise, Bond - white face in Harlem" is pretty obviously the former, but surely the unintentional dialogue high point has to be Tony Award-winning Shakespearian actor Yaphet Kotto - curiously seeming to give three performances, starting out as Marlon Brando before easing into the genial villainy - uttering the immortal "Names is for tombstones, baby. Take him out and waste him."
The extras from the original single-disc DVD release are all retained for this repackaged Ultimate Edition 2-disc set - including the documentary with amazing outtakes of the alligator stunt going wrong that prove that the filmmakers used real gators - as well as some welcome new additions. The 1964 extract from Millicent Martin's TV show with a young Moore sending up James Bond is fun, and there's an intriguing 1973 documentary shot on the set. The print may be a damaged mixture of faded color and black and white footage, but the content more than compensates, from Moore quipping "If Guy Hamilton thinks I'm doing that again, he can get the other feller back, I'm telling you" to the depressing sign of the times that even then the film industry was still partially segregated, with the Black Stuntmen's Association having to prove that you didn't need blacked-up white stuntmen to double for black actors. The trailers are among the best of the series, promising 'More excitement, more action, more danger and more - much more - Roger Moore.' Better still, the legendary Milk Marketing Board commercial that was so cruelly undermined by Moore's entertaining account of filming Roger Moore as James Bond, is also included, featuring much manufactured footage of the cast downing pints of milk after dangerous stunts!
For Your Eyes Only is showing its age a bit now. At the time a hugely welcome return to basics after the leaden FX spectacle of Moonraker (the second remake of You Only Live Twice in a row for the series), it still holds up as one of the best of Roger Moore's Bonds, but its faults are much more apparent than they once were. Among them is the tendency to undercut everything with unfunny little jokes (a scoreboard keeping count of thugs Bond knocks out, Bond giving a bemused royal wave to pursuing thugs, and a horrendous cameo from a Maggie Thatcher lookalike in the end), some flat studio work (no disguising the fact that the mountaintop Greek monastery is just a Pinewood set), a dated Bill Conti score and a comic relief nympho nymphet Lynn Holly Johnson constantly throwing herself at a disinterested Bond. Luckily, the pluses more than compensate - a stronger plot than usual for the Moore efforts, at least one cold-blooded murder, and a very welcome absence of gadgets until the postscript that ensures that Bond has to extricate himself with his own wits in some pretty good setpieces. Best among them is a mountaineering sequence where he uses his bootlaces - not steel bootlaces, just common bootlaces - to save himself in an old mountaineers trick.
Incidentally, with Blofeld still sporting the neck brace he wore at the end of OHMSS, and with the film beginning at Tracey Bond's graveside it's tempting to think of the pre-title sequence as a way of making amends for the jokey way Bond's nemesis was disposed of in Diamonds Are Forever were the following sequence not the proud possessor of the most surreal line in the entire Bond series, the infamous "I'll buy you a delicatessen - in stainless steel!" So, while this may be one of the Moore serious of Roge's outings, it's not exactly Bergman territory.
Although the original DVD wasn't the most fully loaded disc on the market, there's less of an upgrade in terms of extras than meets the eye on this repackaged 2-disc 'ultimate edition.' Alongside Roger Moore's new audio commentary there are two deleted scenes, one of them a welcome addition that brings a bit of tension to Bond and Melina's relationship as she chastises him over his nocturnal activities, but the three new featurettes are little more than fairly raw behind the scenes footage while the multi-angle alternate versions of Bond's cold-blooded killing of Loque are particularly badly laid out. The menu also lists the 3 slight variations on the theatrical trailer carried over from the previous edition as TV spots!
After six years in limbo as EON and the new owners of MGM/UA found themselves and the series locked in legal action at lawsuits, Timothy Dalton decided too much time had elapsed to renew his licence to kill, ushering in the Brosnan era with GoldenEye. At the time hailed for `saving' the series (just as Dalton and Moore had been before him), the star's own bitter feud with the producers and the success of Daniel Craig in reinventing the role seem to have combined with disappointment with some of Brosnan's subsequent Bond films to the point where it's harder and harder to find any Bond fans with a good word to say about his tenure. But in 1995 GoldenEye was certainly welcomed with open arms and blockbuster business and it holds up remarkably well.
If there's a problem with Brosnan's take on Bond, it's that there really isn't much of one. He looks good in the suits, does what's required but where every other Bond actor brought something new or of their own to the part, Brosnan is more of a composite of previous Bonds, an across-the-board demographic-pleasing but nothing radical Bond, veering more towards the unflappable suavity of Roger Moore than the danger of Connery or Lazenby or the gritty bleakness of Dalton. But then, if Brosnan brings nothing new but his face to the part, in many ways, like The Living Daylights, GoldenEye is a kind of transitional Bond film rather than anything as radical as Casino Royale, the old Bond formula recognisably in place with all the surface gloss and expected ingredients but with a post-Cold War spin to dust off some of the more clich¨¦d aspects.
While the plot isn't exactly realistic, revolving around a scheme to use a stolen Russian electromagnetic pulse satellite weapon to wreak a lucrative revenge for past wrongs done to the villain's family, the treatment isn't as over the top or as arch as it could have been (for that, you need to see Brosnan's final outing, Die Another Day). The writing is much stronger than usual, the film plot-led and finding a good mix between the action you expect and some insights into the characters you don't, for the first time in the series' history the leading ladies really do have decent roles, and Martin Campbell's direction is particularly powerful: while it is a little short on long shots, betraying his TV background, it's got none of that going-through-the-motions feel to many of the more prolific Bond directors' efforts. Terry Rawlings' editing is also interesting and often highly effective, while even Eric Serra's much criticised score - that hideous post-title sequence car chase aside - is often stronger than it's given credit for even if it is perhaps too giant a leap from the traditional Bond sound for most purists.
If the film is still highly enjoyable, the Ultimate Edition DVD, however, is a definite mixed blessing. The new extras are particularly good - 4 deleted scenes and several new featurettes, including ones on the tank chase, car stunts, model work, pre-production, location scouting and Campbell's directing (which much footage of him in a bad mood on a particularly bad day). There's also the press conference introducing Brosnan, the original TV promo `GoldenEye - The Secret Files' and all the extras from the original release (though c Curiously the extra TV spot from the laserdisc release is still is missing). It's also uncensored in the UK this time, Xenia's headbutt restored (though the alternate shot replacing it in the UK version is now gone). All of which SHOULD make this a perfect disc - with one notable caveat. Unfortunately the new transfer is not, with the picture wildly overcropped - it's still in the 2.35:1 ratio, but top, bottom and both sides have been cropped, which is very noticeable on the computer readouts in the film. For that reason, if you aren't bothered about the extras you might want to stick with the previous special edition, which IS in the right ratio.
- The Ultimate Sets are the way to go! Dump the Special Editions when you can!
After waiting for a very long time to acquire the Bond Ultimate Edition sets at a reasonable price, I finally ditched my Special Editions in favor of the new ones. I, perhaps like many others, was always reluctant to give up my Special Editions because frankly I spent a lot of time and money putting the original, Special Edition set together.
After watching the Special Edition and Ultimate Edition of "Dr.No", I finally realized how "ultimate" the new discs are. Gone are the film scratches, imperfections and faded colors that plagued most of the Bond early films such as the Connery & some of the Moore films. The new Dolby & DTS 5.1 surround sound are fantastic! The 1962 "Dr. No" looks like it was filmed yesterday. The special features on "Dr. No" includes a segment on the outstanding work put into the frame by frame restoration. A truly tremendous effort and much appreciated!
I like the slim-line cases for the new sets. My entire Bond collection now only takes up less than half the space on my shelves than it did before. Although I tend to agree with other reviewers that it's kind of cheesy how the booklets for each film are stored in the box and not the individual cases, the overall quality of the DVD's negate any negatives. I spend more time watching the films than browsing the booklets. Forget buying any of the Ultimate Editions individually which are single discs because the DVD's in the Ultimate Edition box sets are double-disc sets. One disc for the feature film for optimized quality and one disc for the special features.
I'm not bothered in the fact that all films in all four volumes are not packaged chronologically, since I went through the same process when I purchased the Special Edition box sets. I understand the studio's logic for "mixing it up", since a chronological DVD order would mean more popular sales for the Connery sets and lower sales for the Moore/Dalton sets. I'm a fan of all the Bond films as I appreciate all of the different actors from Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Bronson to Craig and for what each one of them has contributed to the Bond Legacy. Many thanks to Daniel Craig for resurrecting this franchise with his outstanding debut in "Casino Royale". Looking forward to "Quantum of Solace" later this year.
VOLUME 3; This is personally my favorite volume because it contains my favorite Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". Although Lazenby's one & only performance was questionable I like all of the elements of the film including Bond's surprising marriage which was unfortunately and tragically very brief. I also really like "Live & Let Die" which was Moore's debut film. I liked it despite the odd settings of Moore in Harlem being called "honkey" in a predominately, black neighborhood. Moore's other effort "For Your Eyes Only" simplifies the antics of Moore to more conventional methods after Moore's previous efforts while flying in Space and driving submarine cars. Bronson's debut film "Goldeneye" is great also (love the tank scene in Russia!) as well as Connery's classic "From Russia with Love". ...more info
- Collectionn for a boy
My grandson has received from me and because of his request the first three volumes of 007. For his 13th birthday he will receive Volume 4 which he made clear I shouldn't wait till next Christmas but earlier, that is, his birthday.
The boy has enjoyed this collection which he intends to complete thanks to the graciousness of his grandmother, me.
Each volume has been received and viewed with grand enthusiasm due to the good quality of the product and will become a memory he will keep for the future as one he will not forget and that makes me so tenderly happy to have contributed to the source of his present and future enjoyment.
Thanks for the good service....more info
- THE ULTIMATE BOND EXPERIENCE, Part Three
As with the previous two volumes in this collection, Volume Three of the "James Bond Ultimate Edition" offers Bond fans five films from one of the longest running film franchises in history. Presented with superb picture and sound, and featuring a ton of extras, this is one collection that any 007 fan cannot be without!
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)
Sean Connery's second outing as 007 is one of the best in the series. Intense action sequences, exotic locales, and beautiful women are all featured in what was to be just a taste of things to come. Connery proves that he is Bond with this picture. Robert Shaw ("Jaws") is very convincing as the villain who's almost unbeatable. Daniela Bianchi is among the most beautiful of the Bond women, and gives a fantastic performance. Overall, "From Russia with Love" is a winner!
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969)
After Sean Connery retired from the role after "You Only Live Twice," Australian George Lazenby took over in a fantastic, exciting film. Lazenby was a good choice to follow Connery, giving 007 a more emotional edge that makes his performance one of the best. Diana Rigg is great as Tracy, bringing both sex appeal and edge to the Bond girls. Telly Savalas may not be as menacing as Donald Pleasance had been, but his performance as Blofeld is very good. The action sequences are fantastic, and the plot is one of the most interesting. It's sad that this was Lazenby's only film, but he did give us one of the best Bond films ever!
LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)
Or as I like to call it: "Bond, Funky Bond." Roger Moore's debut as James Bond is, without a doubt, the most bizarre of the Bond films. Sadly, it doesn't work 100% either. The settings are almost too out there, and the element of voodoo and tarot just feel out of place in a Bond film. The action sequences are great, and Jane Seymour is a beautiful and sensuous Bond girl. Overall, Moore's first outing as 007 is a bit of a letdown.
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981)
My all-time favorite Bond film, "For Your Eyes Only" features Roger Moore at his best. He proved that he was indeed Bond, James Bond. The great action sequences and fantastic locations were in top form. Carole Bouquet is very exotic as Melina, and Julian Glover is one of the best villains ever. All of these elements, along with humor and plot, help to make this the best of the Bonds.
To me, "Goldeneye" is the worst of the Bond films (Blasphemy, isn't it?). The action sequences, beautiful women, exotic locations, and a fine performance by Sean Bean cannot help the film. The plot itself is not great, which makes the film uninteresting, and even boring at times, which is bad for a Bond film. Pierce Brosnan just proves that he does not have the panache, or the charisma, to pull off the character. Still, it's not too horrible of a film, but a Bond film should be so much better.
In conclusion, this is a great DVD set for any Bond fan! It is well worth the price. I highly recommend it!
DVD Grade: A+...more info
- These Ultimate Collections deserve Ultimate Respect...
Hi all you Bond fans!...
I don't understand what all the big disappointment is with the order of the films in these sets!!! Sure, it'd be nice if everything was in chronological order, but who are we to decide that?
The amount of hard work that went into the making of these sets, and the quality of the sets themselves, are nothing to disregard! I don't understand how anybody could put chronological order over the quality of something itself... If you really wanted what was in these sets, then how can you argue over the order of the DVD's in them???
To me, the makers did a fantastic job of ordering them, because then the not-so-popular movies get somewhere to live too! How would you feel if you had to release sets in an order that not so many people would buy a certain volume of, just because less people liked what was in it? You have to respect the makers' wishes, and go for it.
I, myself, am profoundly interested in these sets, and to me... they are a MUST to have! I can see how people who have already bought the previous DVD sets would be upset, but I think these sets justify re-buying them 100%. (Too bad these North American releases aren't in the attache case, though!)
As another reviewer (Eric D. Zdrojewski "Lockport Eric") said, you can sell your other DVD sets (if you wanted to), and you'd have a decent amount to go for these sets.
... and as another reviewer on here (The JuRK) said... I'm definitely getting these for Christmas this year too!!! :-D
- Watch out if you order whole series
I ordered all 4 of these box sets recently from Amazon during one of their sales. There's nothing wrong with these discs if you get a good copy. But two of my sets were tainted with a defective disc - movie disc (haven't watched any of the bonus discs). I guess I should have done "20 Days of 007" like TBS used to do years back when there was only 14 or so movies. Bottom line is that if you order these, watch them quickly to be sure you don't have any defective discs and miss Amazon's short no-charge return window. I'm giving Amazon 3 stars, not the movies. I'd give the movies 5 stars....more info
- Good package at unbelievably low price
i bought it for the PierceBrosnon's "Golden Eye", but other four movies were not a dissappointment - sound quality in all the movies is great. video is also top-notch (although older movies are not as crisp as Golden Eye, which is expected due to technological advantage the golden eye had at the time of production)
there are 2 DVD's for each movie. one disc featuring the movie, the other containing special features. special feature DVD is Huge; the one for golden eye had >7GB of extra material.
DVD menu designing of all the movies is styled on the lines of Golden Eye titling, which is my favourite.
packaging is so slim that all the 5 DVD cases are nicely packed in a box which is not more than 20 x 14 x 4.6 cm approximately
i'm planning to buy other volumes of james bond movies, because 25$ for 5 james bond movies is a great buy, specially for Bond Fans...more info
- Four great movies, plus "Live and Let Die!"
Here we are at the third boxed set in this series and one of the best. It's got four exceptional movies and one that... well, has a great theme song.
You can get these movies seperately in single-disc form, or you can do what I did and buy this collection! Not only do you get all the movies in pristine new transfers, along with 5.1 surround, but you also get a second disc for each movie loaded with more extras than you can imagine. Behind-the-scenes stuff, rare outtakes, radio ads, trailers, etc. It's pretty comprehensive for each movie.
As for the movies themselves, "GoldenEye", "For Your Eyes Only" and "From Russia with Love" are part of the great staples in any James Bond collection. For me, though, the real gem is "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", which is far better than most people would credit (I'd say the second-best of the original Bond movies, behind only "Goldfinger"). George Lazenby makes a perfectly fine James Bond, and had he chosen to stay on to continue the role past this film, I think he would've been second only to Connery. As it is, he turns in a great performance in a vastly underrated film.
As for the not-so-great film in the bunch, "Live and Let Die"... yeah, not a lot I can say in favor of it. Great theme song, but still. Who would've thought there'd be a James Bond blaxploitation film?
This set gets five stars for the movies and five for the extras! What a great set. Buy it! :)...more info
- Clear and Crisp Transfers
The picture quality of these DVDs are top grade and better then previos releases. It is amazing what they did with some of the older Bond movies. Live and Let Die looks like it could have been filmed this year. However, my Bond Vol. 3 had Japanese menus. Did this happen to anyone else? (It was not bought through Amazon by the way.)
My biggest complant about James Bond DVDs, is they always sell them in sets. Everytime they re-release them, they release them in different packaging mixes, so its hard to get them all without getting duplicates. That drives me nuts. I remember when they released Die andother Day on DVD and then released it again a few months later in one of the DVD packages, so you had to buy it again to get the other movies. I really wish they would sell them individually. They won't though because it means losing out on money....more info
- Which Bond do I Pick Tonight
I received the movies in excellent condition. Aside from the movie there is a special features cd which is fun to watch. The ultimate edition volume 3 is great. You have Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and George Lazenby to select from. I would recommend this set to anyone....more info