James Bond Ultimate Collector’s Set

Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 1:46 am

If you’re a fan of the British superspy known by the code name “007,” then be sure to check out the James Bond Ultimate Collector’s Set. This box set comes complete with 42 discs, offering every James Bond movie from Dr. No to Casino Royale. In addition, there are 21 discs filled with bonus features (including interviews and making-of featurettes). That’s a total of over 43 hours of viewing pleasure, sure to satisfy anyone who loves intrigue, martinis, sexy ladies, cool gadgets, and lots and lots of double entendres. Please note that Never Say Never Again is not included, as it’s not part of the MGM/UA library (and you’re not missing much unless you want to see Sean Connery play video games).

The second highest-grossing film series ever (behind Harry Potter), the Bond franchise started all the way back in 1962. Since that time, a number of men have starred in the role of 007, but the basic formula for success remains the same. If you’re unfamiliar with these outlandish and entertaining spy films, be sure to order the James Bond Ultimate Collector’s Set from Amazon. And even if you’ve seen them multiple times, it’s still worth the investment to add them to your home movie library. As a bonus for us, we get a small commission whenever you order something from Amazon via this website. The proceeds help us keep the doors open (those spy gadgets are remarkably expensive), and it doesn’t increase your final price by even a single penny.

Below, I’ve detailed each of the films offered in the James Bond Ultimate Collector’s Set. In addition to giving a basic summary of the plot, I’ve also listed the actor to play Bond, sexy actresses in the film (known as “Bond Girls”), and notable villains for 007.

Title: Dr. No (1962)
Bond is: Sean Connery
Synopsis: The successful series gets underway when Agent 007 travels to Jamaica to investigate the death of a fellow British agent. Once there, he teams up with a CIA agent and a beautiful woman to thwart the mad schemes of a scientist with metal hands who’s determined to disrupt American rocket launches.
Bond Girls: Honey Rider, Sylvia Trench, Miss Taro
Bond Villains: Dr. Julius No, Professor R.J. Dent, The Three Blind Mice

Title: From Russia with Love (1963)
Bond is: Sean Connery
Synopsis: Bond heads to Turkey to assist a lovely Soviet clerk in defecting with a prized cryptographic device. Meanwhile, SPECTRE means to gain revenge on Bond for his killing of Dr. No, dispatching a cold-blooded assassin to do the job.
Bond Girls: Tatiana Romanova, Sylvia Trench
Bond Villains: Rosa Klebb, Red Grant, Morzeny, Kronsteen, Number 1

Title: Goldfinger (1964)
Bond is: Sean Connery
Synopsis: Bond is assigned to keep an eye on Auric Goldfinger, a ruthless individual known to have a talent for dealing in gold around the world. But his ultimate scheme is far more ambitious, and the climax involves a squadron of female pilots, nerve gas, Chinese agents, and a very famous location in America.
Bond Girls: Pussy Galore, Jill Masterton, Tilly Masterton, Dink, Bonita
Bond Villains: Auric Goldfinger, Oddjob, Mei Lei, Kisch, Capungo

Title: Thunderball (1965)
Bond is: Sean Connery
Synopsis: SPECTRE makes off with a pair of atomic bombs, and 007 is hot on their trail. Holding the world hostage, they demand more than 100 million dollars in exchange for not blowing an American or European city off the map. But Bond isn’t one to give up, and his search eventually takes him to the eye-patched second-in-command of SPECTRE and a thrilling underwater battle.
Bond Girls: Domino Derval, Fiona Volpe, Patricia Fearing, Paula Caplan, Mlle. La Porte
Bond Villains: Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Emilio Largo, Vargas, Col. Jacques Bouvar, Quist

Title: You Only Live Twice (1967)
Bond is: Sean Connery
Synopsis: When orbiting spacecraft from America and Russia begin to disappear, James Bond is dispatched to Japan to get to the bottom of things. He eventually comes face-to-face with the secretive head of SPECTRE, as well as exposing a plot to pit the world’s superpowers against one another.
Bond Girls: Aki, Kissy Suzuki, Ling, Helga Brandt
Bond Villains: Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Mr. Osato, Hans

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Title: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Bond is: George Lazenby
Synopsis: Bond’s search for SPECTRE boss Ernst Stavro Blofeld leads him to meet and fall in love with the daughter of a powerful European crime lord. Meanwhile, Blofeld is brainwashing young women and preparing them to unleash a deadly plague around the globe.
Bond Girls: Teresa di Vicenzo, Nancy, Ruby Bartlett
Bond Villains: Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Irma Bunt, Grunther

Title: Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Bond is: Sean Connery
Synopsis: The series takes a lighter tone with this tale of Bond posing as a diamond smuggler in order to capture his rival Blofeld. The head of SPECTRE, meanwhile, is using his diamonds to contruct a laser large enough to hold the world hostage.
Bond Girls: Tiffany Case, Marie, Plenty O’Toole, Bambi, Thumper
Bond Villains: Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, Shady Tree, Bert Saxby

Title: Live and Let Die (1973)
Bond is: Roger Moore
Synopsis: Taking place in locations such as Harlem and New Orleans, this Bond film offers up some blaxploitation flavor as 007 investigates the death of three British agents and butts heads with a drug lord. Wings provided the first rock theme to open a Bond film with ‘Live and Let Die,” and the movie also featured the first African-American Bond Girl.
Bond Girls: Solitaire, Rosie Carver, Miss Caruso
Bond Villains: Mr. Big, Tee Hee, Whisper, Baron Samedi

Title: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Bond is: Roger Moore
Synopsis: Bond is pitted in a life-or-death struggle with a notorious hitman who uses a golden gun to kill his targets. He’s also got his hands on the secrets to solar power, intending to sell them to the highest bidder and create an energy crisis.
Bond Girls: Mary Goodnight, Andrea Anders, Saida, Chew Mee
Bond Villains: Francisco Scaramanga, Nick Nack

Title: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Bond is: Roger Moore
Synopsis: When both Soviet and British nuclear submarines vanish, James Bond is sent to investigate. He soon uncovers a plot by a Russian madman to destroy the surface world and create an underwater paradise.
Bond Girls: Anya Amasova, Naomi, Felicca
Bond Villains: Karl Stromberg, Jaws, Sandor, Sergei Barsov

Title: Moonraker (1979)
Bond is: Roger Moore
Synopsis: When a space shuttle goes missing, 007 is called in to find out what happened. His investigations take him from the Amazon rain forest all the way to outer space, where he must stop a billionaire from wiping out the bulk of humanity to create a master race.
Bond Girls: Holly Goodhead, Corinne Dufour, Manuela
Bond Villains: Hugo Drax, Jaws, Chang

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Title: For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Bond is: Roger Moore
Synopsis: While searching for a missile command system, 007 gets drawn into the world of a young woman seeking to kill those responsible for the murder of her parents.
Bond Girls: Melina Havelock, Countess Lisl von Schlaf, Bibi Dahl
Bond Villains: Aristotle Kristatos, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Eric Kriegler, Hector Gonzalez

Title: Octopussy (1983)
Bond is: Roger Moore
Synopsis: A general is stealing priceless artifacts and jewels from the Russians, and Bond is assigned to follow him. This eventually leads to an Afghan prince, a wealthy woman who lives in a floating palace and runs a circus troupe, and a scheme to force Europe into disarming with the threat of nuclear war.
Bond Girls: Octopussy, Magda, Penelope Smallbone, Bianca
Bond Villains: Prince Kamal Khan, General Orlov, Mischka and Grischka

Title: A View to a Kill (1985)
Bond is: Roger Moore
Synopsis: Bond heads to San Francisco to prevent a product of Nazi medical experiments from destroying Silicon Valley and gaining a monopoly on the microchip market. Duran Duran provides the theme song.
Bond Girls: Stacey Sutton, Kimberley Jones, May Day, Pola Ivanova, Jenny Flex, Pan Ho
Bond Villains: Max Zorin, Scarpine, Pan Ho

Title: The Living Daylights (1987)
Bond is: Timothy Dalton
Synopsis: After helping a KGB officer to defect, Bond learns that the new head of the Russian intelligence organization in out to kill every American and European spy.
Assigned to assassinate this new menace, Bond soon learns that there’s more going on than meets the eye.
Bond Girls: Kara Milovy, Rosika Miklos, Linda, Rubavitch
Bond Villains: Brad Whitaker, General Georgi Koskov, Necros

Title: License to Kill (1989)
Bond is: Timothy Dalton
Synopsis: The franchise takes a darker tone when Bond goes rogue in order to gain revenge on the drug lord responsible for the maiming of his friend. This would be Dalton’s second and last role as Bond, as the Bond franchise would go into a six-year hiatus.
Bond Girls: Pam Bouvier, Lupe Lamora, Della Churchill, Loti
Bond Villains: Franz Sanchez, Dario, Milton Krest, Professor Joe Butcher

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Title: GoldenEye (1995)
Bond is: Pierce Brosnan
Synopsis: When a crime syndicate seeks to use a satellite weapon to bring about a global economic collapse, Bond must travel from Russia to Cuba to stop those responsible. Nominated for Best Fight Scene at the MTV Movie Awards.
Bond Girls: Natalya Simonova, Xenia Onatopp, Caroline, Irina
Bond Villains: Alec Trevelyan, General Ouromov, Boris Grishenko

Title: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Bond is: Pierce Brosnan
Synopsis: Bond teams up with a Chinese spy to prevent a media mogul from provoking Britain and China from starting World War III.
Bond Girls: Wai Lin, Paris Carver, Prof. Inga Bergstrom
Bond Villains: Elliot Carver, Henry Gupta, Stamper, Dr. Kaufman

Title: The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Bond is: Pierce Brosnan
Synopsis: When a British billionaire is killed, Bond is assigned to protect the dead man’s daughter. He’s opposed by a deadly terrorist who’s incapable of feeling pain and
wants to trigger a nuclear meltdown to destroy Istanbul.
Bond Girls: Electra King, Dr. Christmas Jones, Dr. Molly Warmflash, Giulietta da Vinci
Bond Villains: Renard, Gabor, Cigar Girl, Mr. Bullion

Title: Die Another Day (2002)
Bond is: Pierce Brosnan
Synopsis: After being released from a North Korean prison, Bond sets out to find the person who betrayed him. He’s assisted by a sexy and no-nonsense NSA agent, and the trail leads to a mysterious British tycoon with a passion for fencing.
Bond Girls: Jinx Johnson, Verity, Miranda Frost, “Peaceful Fountains of Desire”
Bond Villains: Gustav Graves, Colonel Tan-Sun Moon, Zao, Mr. Kil, Vladimir Popov

Title: Casino Royale (2006)
Bond is: Daniel Craig
Synopsis: This reboot of the Bond franchise turns the clock back to just after our hero received his license to kill. After being assigned to enter a poker tournament and
defeat a banker who supports terrorism, Bond soon finds himself falling head-over-heels for the femme-fatale assigned to keep an eye on his buy-in money.
Bond Girls: Vesper Lynd, Solange Dimitrios, Valenka
Bond Villains: Le Chiffre, Mr. White, Steven Obanna, Mollaka, Alex Dimitrios

It’s time to close the curtain on our look at the Ultimate James Bond Collector’s Set. Hopefully, you’re better informed about the series, but let me leave you with this: If you like seeing hot women in skimpy outfits and a British guy running around dispatching bad guys, then the James Bond franchise should be right up your alley. So pour yourself a martini (shaken, not stirred) and discover what’s made this franchise so successful around the globe.

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