This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the quintessential spy, James Bond, on film. Theater-goers have reacted very favorably to the latest entry in the long-running franchise, “Skyfall,” and new or lapsed fans can catch up instantly with the “Bond 50” box set, which collects every “official” entry in the James Bond film canon.
Starting with 1962’s “Dr. No” and fizzling out with 2010’s “Quantum of Solace,” this set brings you all the highs and lows of the Bond franchise. “Never Say Never Again” is missing because, like the first “Casino Royale,” it’s not one of the EON Productions Bond movies.
Now, oddly enough, the Blu Ray version of this set, which contains an extra disc, is availalbe for much less than the DVD version. At least that’s the way it is at Amazon, where the DVD version is nearly three hndred dollars, while the Blu Ray is a little more than half that. The bonus Blu Ray is an hour-long overview of the Bond Franchise.
If you don’t want to dump that much money supporting a British secret agent’s martini habit, you can actually go back to the source material with Ian Fleming’s original James Bond novels, which can be found in nifty new editions for around fifteen bucks a pop. If your ordered them now from a local bookseller like Taylor’s, you should have them in plenty of time for gifting.
And if you really want to go on the cheap, at most area Big Lots stores, you can find really good DVD editions of most of the James Bond movies for five bucks a pop. At that price, we’re talking stocking stuffers.