Entire James Bond Movie Collection Reportedly Coming to Amazon Prime Video

On the heels of Amazon’s $8.5 billion acquisition of MGM Studios, media reports say the e-commerce behemoth is set to release the entire James Bond movie catalog on Prime Video for a limited time (60 days), beginning April 15. A separate report contends the movies will only be available to stream in the United Kingdom. An Amazon representative was not immediately available for comment.

Regardless, this would mark the first time all 25 Bond movies were made available on one streaming platform, including Daniel Craig’s last go as Agent 007 in No Time to Die. Bond movies are currently available across digital platforms and on packaged media.

Titles include the first Bond movie Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to A Kill, The Living Daylights, License to Kill, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre and No Time to Die.

‘No Time to Die’ Tops Disc Sales Charts for Second Week

MGM’s No Time to Die spent a second-consecutive week at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Jan. 1.

Distributed on Blu-ray Disc and DVD by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, No Time to Die is the 25th James Bond film from EON Productions and the fifth to star Daniel Craig as Agent 007, his final turn in the role. The film earned $160.8 million at the domestic box office.

Sony Pictures’ Marvel Comics-inspired Venom: Let There Be Carnage stayed at No. 2 on both charts for a second week in its in its third week on shelves, while Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was No. 3 on both charts.

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The No. 4 overall disc seller (No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart) was Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga, while the No. 4 Blu-ray (No. 9 on the overall disc chart) was Funimation’s Demon Slayer: Mugen Train.

The week’s top newcomer was Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ The French Dispatch, the latest quirky comedy from director Wes Anderson. No. 5 on both charts, the film is an anthology built around a fictional American magazine in a small town in France printing its final issue following the death of its editor (Bill Murray). It earned $16 million at the domestic box office. Blu-ray Disc accounted for 72% of its total unit sales.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 2 also had No Time to Die at No. 1 for a second week, with Venom: Let There Be Carnage again at No. 2.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel remained the No. 3 rental, while Warner’s Cry Macho remained No. 4, and Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy climbed three spots to No. 5.

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‘No Time to Die,’ ‘Venom’ Continue to Hold Top Spots on Weekly Redbox Charts

MGM’s No Time to Die remained No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Jan. 2, and stayed No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart during the week as well.

The latest James Bond actioner, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, is the fifth and final film to feature Daniel Craig as Agent 007 and earned $160.8 million at the domestic box office.

Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage, stayed No. 2 on the disc rental chart, but maintained the top spot for a third week on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel remained No. 3 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and rose a spot to No. 5 on the digital chart. The drama from Ridley Scott tells the story of the last sanctioned duel in France in the 14th century.

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The No. 4 disc rental was once again Warner’s Cry Macho, meaning the top four remained the same from the previous week. The film was directed by and stars Clint Eastwood as an aging former rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder in 1979 who takes a job from an ex-boss (Dwight Yoakam) to bring the man’s young son home from Mexico. It was No. 10 on the digital chart.

No. 5 on the Redbox disc rental chart was Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy, which was No. 3 on the digital chart.

The No. 4 digital title was Universal’s Copshop, which was No. 10 on the disc rental chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 2:

  1. No Time to Die — Universal/MGM
  2. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  3. The Last Duel — 20th Century
  4. Cry Macho — Warner
  5. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  6. Dangerous — Lionsgate
  7. Jungle Cruise — Disney
  8. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney/Marvel
  9. Fortress — Lionsgate
  10. Copshop — Universal

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 2:

  1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  2. No Time to Die — MGM
  3. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  4. Copshop — Universal
  5. The Last Duel — Disney/20th Century
  6. Old — Universal
  7. Dangerous — Lionsgate
  8. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  9. 13 Minutes — Quiver
  10. Cry Macho — Warner

 

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James Bond Actioner ‘No Time to Die’ Takes No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

MGM’s No Time to Die debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Dec. 25.

Distributed on Blu-ray Disc and DVD by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, No Time to Die is the 25th James Bond film from EON Productions and the fifth to star Daniel Craig as Agent 007, his final turn in the role. The film earned $160.8 million at the domestic box office and more than $774 million worldwide, where it was the top Hollywood earner before Spider-Man: No Way Home came along.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 74% of total No Time to Die unit sales, with 47% from the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, 27% from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, and 26% from the standalone DVD.

The previous week’s top seller, Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage, slipped to No. 2 on both charts in its second week on shelves. The Marvel Comics-inspired sequel sold about 66% as many discs during the week as the newly released No Time to Die.

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings picked up a spot on the overall disc sales chart, to No. 4, but slipped a spot to No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

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The only other newcomer to crack the top 20 on the overall chart was Funimation’s Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, which arrived on Blu-ray from Universal Pictures more than a year after beginning its theatrical run in Japan, and landed at No. 17 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart. Based on the popular Japanese “Demon Slayer” manga, Mugen Train was a bit of a theatrical sensation during the pandemic, earning $47.7 million domestically and, by some reports, $503 million worldwide, where it was the top-grossing film of 2020, the first non-Hollywood production to achieve the feat of topping the yearly earnings list.

Another newcomer, Warner’s The Many Saints of Newark, the prequel movie to the popular HBO mobster series “The Sopranos,” was No. 18 on the Blu-ray Disc chart and No. 33 on the overall disc chart. It earned $8.2 million at the domestic box office. Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 60% of its first-week unit sales, with 48% from regular Blu-ray and 12% from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The No. 3 overall disc seller (No. 17 on the Blu-ray chart) was Warner’s Elf, the 2003 Christmas movie starring Will Ferrell that continues to benefit from a holiday-season boost. Similarly, Universal’s 2000 live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas was No. 5 overall, while the same studio’s 2018 animated The Grinch was No. 6 (No. 10 Blu-ray).

Rounding out the top five Blu-ray sales list was Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga, which was No. 12 on the overall disc chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 26 also had No Time to Die at No. 1, pushing Venom: Let There Be Carnage to No. 2.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel made its way to the rental charts at No. 3 a week following its disc release, while Warner’s Cry Macho slipped a spot to No. 4, and Lionsgate’s Dangerous slid three spots to No. 5.

Many Saints of Newark was the No. 11 rental.

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Bond Thriller ‘No Time to Die’ Returns to Top of Weekly Vudu Chart

The latest James Bond thriller, No Time to Die, topped the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Dec. 12.

The Universal/MGM film, which stars Daniel Craig in his last turn as the iconic spy, became available for digital purchase Dec. 7. It previously topped the chart the week ended Nov. 14 when it was made available for premium VOD.

Sony Pictures’ Marvel Comics-based Venom: Let There Be Carnage fell from the top spot to No. 2 on the chart. The sequel, which arrived Nov. 23 for digital purchase, stars Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who interviews a serial killer (Woody Harrelson) who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage.

Dropping from No. 2 to No. 3 on the chart was the Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures feature Dune: Part One, which arrived for premium digital ownership and rental Dec. 3 after its theatrical and HBO Max debut. The film, starring Timothée Chalamet, is based on the sci-fi novel of the same name by Frank Herbert.

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Holiday films continued to populate the chart. The 2000 live-action film How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey, came in at No. 4; Illumination’s 2018 animated The Grinch, with the title character voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, landed at No. 5; and Elf, starring Will Ferrell, appeared at No. 10. 

The musical drama Dear Evan Hansen, newly available to rent at $5.99, and the new-to-streaming romantic comedy, The Hating Game, ranked at No. 12 and No. 20, respectively.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. 12, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. No Time to Die
  2. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  3. Dune
  4. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  5. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  6. The Last Duel
  7. Copshop
  8. Free Guy
  9. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  10. Elf

No Time to Die

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 12/21/21;
Universal/MGM;
Action;
Box Office $158.62 million;
$34.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray, $49.98 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, brief strong language and some suggestive material.
Stars Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, David Dencik, Rory Kinnear, Dali Benssalah.

After nearly 60 years of cinematic history, audiences have a certain expectation of what a James Bond movie is supposed to be. No Time to Die defies a lot of those tropes.

The 25th film in the EON Productions Bond canon, No Time to Die serves as a coda to the Daniel Craig era of the character, a five-film arc that began with 2006’s Casino Royale. As such, it plays very much like a series finale, wrapping up a number of loose threads that interconnected the Craig’s films.

Most notably, the film finds Bond with the same love interest from the previous film, a first for the franchise. In this case, 2015’s Spectre had Bond retire from the British Secret Service and run away with Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux). No Time to Die picks up with their attempts to build a life together, a prospect hampered by her complicated past being the daughter of a top Spectre agent. When Bond assumes she arranged for Spectre to attack him on vacation, he puts her on a train and vows to never see her again.

Cut to five years later, and Bond is living in seclusion in Jamaica (a location iconic to the Bond franchise) when his old CIA buddy Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) recruits him to help retrieve a missing Russian scientist who is responsible for a biological weapon that can target the DNA of specific bloodlines.

Bond has a run-in with the British agent (Lashana Lynch) who took over his 007 number, and learns the weapon was originally developed by the British government. It has fallen into the hands of a man named Safin (Rami Malek), who wants to use it to cleanse the world of people he considers detrimental to his utopian vision. What’s worse, the answers to retrieve it seem to lie with Bond’s Spectre nemesis Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) and Madeleine.

Director Cary Fukunaga has delivered an entertaining Bond adventure filled with splendid action sequences, beautiful visuals and amazing set designs that evoke the great over-the-top villain lairs of yesteryear.

As both a capper to the Craig era and a milestone film for EON, No Time to Die is loaded with references to several previous Bond films dating back to the beginning of the series with 1962’s Dr. No, as well as Bond creator Ian Fleming’s novels. The film draws particular influence from 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, from Hans Zimmer’s terrific score quoting some of its music to Craig uttering the immortal line “We have all the time in the world,” which Bond fans know always foreshadows trouble ahead.

The Easter eggs should provide a serious blast of nostalgia for Bond fans without being distracting for viewers not intimately familiar with the entire history of the franchise.

Craig himself puts a memorable cap on a unique run for the character, in that all five of his films more or less tell a larger story of the life of a British superspy and his complicated love life. One interesting aspect of No Time to Die is that it is almost framed as a story told from Madeleine’s perspective, evoking the essence of Fleming’s The Spy Who Loved Me novel if not the plot itself.

The experiment of serializing the Bond movies certainly had its ups and downs, with the biggest complaint being that the films were too reliant on tracking Bond through missions that had a personal connection to him, from seeking revenge for fallen lovers to uncovering long-lost family secrets. While in retrospect the Craig saga plays fine for what it is, it’s hard to argue that the two best films in the sequence aren’t Casino Royale and 2012’s Skyfall, the only two films of the five that could be considered standalone adventures. Detractors will say the interconnectedness is just an attempt to modernize Bond by aping the Bourne movies. Fans would just as soon see Bond get back to duty carrying out just protecting the free world with fantastical missions he otherwise has no personal stake in.

While this is Craig’s swan song in the role, the movie does carry on the franchise tradition of promising that “James Bond Will Return,” which begs the question of where the series goes from here. I for one would be interested in seeing the series returning to its roots by going retro with Bond immersed in the Cold War in the 1960s.

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The No Time to Die Blu-ray presentation is a bit unusual in how the extras are presented. The 4K combo pack offers the extras on the 4K disc alongside the film, which the regular Blu-ray that is included has no extras. Most discs typically employ the reverse strategy, with minimal extras on the 4K disc and all of them on the Blu-ray.

The included extras consist of four behind-the-scenes featurettes and the 47-minute Being James Bond documentary that was previously released in the lead-up to No Time to Die and provides an intimate look at Craig’s history with the character. Being James Bond is exclusive to the 4K edition.

The making-of material totals about 35 minutes and gives a succinct EPK-style glimpse at the production. The longest is the 11-and-a-half-minute “Anatomy of a Scene: Matera,” which deconstructs one of the film’s pre-credits action scenes. The six-minute “Keeping it Real: The Action of No Time to Die” focuses on the film’s stuntwork, the eight-minute “A Global Journey” looks at the film’s shooting locations, and the 11-minute “Designing Bond” details the building of the film’s sets and costumes.

The standard Blu-ray combo pack and the DVD editions it seems have the supplements included on a separate bonus disc. Even keeping Being James Bond as a 4K exclusive, it’s only a handful of featurettes that would need to be included so it’s a bit baffling why they weren’t stacked onto the same Blu-ray disc as the film.

Also note that the included digital copy code is listed as redeemable through Apple TV/iTunes, but not Movies Anywhere, as MGM is not a signatory to the digital locker service.

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James Bond Actioner ‘No Time to Die’ Heading to Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Dec. 21

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release MGM’s No Time to Die on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Dec. 21.

The 25th installment of EON Productions’ James Bond film series stars Daniel Craig in his fifth and final performance as Agent 007. The story involves British superspy Bond being pulled out of retirement by an old CIA buddy for a mission to track down a scientist responsible for a new bioweapon.

The cast includes Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, Naomi Harris, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Billy Magnussen, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas and Christoph Waltz.

The film has earned $150 million at the domestic box office and more than $708 million worldwide.

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Blu-ray and DVD extras include the featurettes “Keeping to Real: The Action of No Time to Die,” about the film’s stunts; “A Global Journey,” about the film’s shooting locations; “Designing Bond,” a look at creating the film’s sets and costumes; and “Anatomy of a Scene: Matera,” a look at one of the action sequences that opens the film.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack will also include the 45-minute documentary Being James Bond, in which Craig candidly reflects on his 15 years playing James Bond.

Vudu Bows ‘No Time to Die’ Gift Cards

For the Nov. 9 premium digital rental debut of the new James Bond thriller No Time to Die, Vudu is offering customers the option of gifting the film via a No Time to Die-themed digital gift card.

The film is available on Vudu as a $19.99 premium rental. 

Vudu users can select their favorite characters and send different ones to friends and family to see the home entertainment release of Daniel Craig’s final film as 007.  The Bond-themed gift cards are available here.

Vudu will be offering digital gift cards featuring the following characters from No Time to Die:

  • Daniel Craig (James Bond)
  • Léa Seydoux (Madeleine)
  • Rami Malek (Lyutsifer Safin)
  • Lashana Lynch (Nomi)
  • Ben Whishaw (Q)
  • Naomie Harris (Moneypenny)
  • Ralph Fiennes (M)
  • Ana de Armas (Paloma)

 

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MGM’s ‘No Time to Die’ Hitting PVOD Channels Nov. 9

MGM/United Artists Releasing’s latest James Bond movie, No Time to Die, is set to hit premium video-on-demand channels on Nov. 9 — one month after the movie’s North American release.

While no official announcement has been made, media reports say the movie will be available for $19.99 and a 48-hour rental window on premium video-on-demand platforms Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Comcast’s Xfinity Store, DirecTV Stream, Charter’s Spectrum TV and Fandango-owned Vudu. The news was first reported by Variety.

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No Time to Die is the fifth and final Bond movie featuring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. The film has generated more than $667million at the global box office, including nearly $144 million domestically.

The 30-day theatrical window mirrors Universal Pictures’ approach to many of its 2021 movie releases. MGM recently offered The Addams Family 2 on PVOD about a month after its theatrical debut. The animation sequel generated more than $93 million at the global box office, including more than $53 million domestically.

Imax Posts $7.3 Million North American ‘No Time to Die’ Debut

Imax Oct. 10 announced a $7.3 million domestic debut for MGM’s 25th James Bond movie, No Time to Die, saying the release captured 13% of the North American opening weekend gross.

The movie achieved Imax’s highest indexing for a $50 million+ domestic opening since 2018, continuing the company’s run of strong market share as tentpole titles return to theaters. The final installment of Daniel Craig’s run as 007 is the first Bond film to be shot with Imax cameras and features more than an hour of scenes in Imax-exclusive expanded aspect ratio.

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No Time to Die has now reached $22.5 million in global ticket sales on Imax screens. The film earned another $5.7 million across international screens this weekend, highlighted by the film’s $600,000 debut in France, the best Imax opening in the market since December 2019.

The movie debuted in 50 international markets Oct. 1-3, breaking records for the best Imax opening weekend ever for a James Bond film in 24 markets across Europe, Asia and Latin America.

“The combination of Imax technology and this iconic franchise has proven to be a winning one at the global box office, with audiences everywhere turning out to experience Cary Fukunaga’s immersive filmmaking as it was meant to be seen,” Megan Colligan, president of Imax Entertainment, said in a statement. “Imax is reaching and even exceeding pre-pandemic global box office for September and October, which is a very exciting prospect given the upside ahead with audiences and blockbusters still returning to theaters.”

The strong fall/winter blockbuster slate continues as sci-fi reboot Dune from Warner Bros./Legendary hits Imax screens in North America and China Oct. 22, and on Nov. 5 Disney/Marvel’s Eternals rolls out worldwide.