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Well, I’ve mentioned that Bond is the last film you have to worry about, at least box office-wise, between now and the end of the year. In fact, I think we’ll be so goddamn ready for a serious hero that the present condition of the world might make Quantum of Solace go apeshit as far as ticket sales go. So we’ve got a new Bond movie coming out, the second chapter of a successful relaunch of the dead franchise–it only makes sense that MGM would try to capitalize on this. And give them credit: they’ve done it by throwing six pre-Craig Bond (hereafter known as PCB) flicks onto Blu-Ray.
I say “throwing” just because you’re pretty much looking at the previous Ultimate Collection releases ported to the Blu-Ray format. But that’s necessarily a bad thing. The Ultimate Collections were nothing to sneeze at. And while we see a lot of releases these days that might make you wonder whether or not they really need the hi-def treatment–just to pick the first one that springs to mind…Drillbit Taylor?–Bond is an action franchise with explodo to spare. So even the weaker installments of PCB at least look and sound a helluva lot better.
In today’s panicky economy, there’s one big movie coming that there’s no question as to whether or not it’s going to draw audiences. That’s the new Bond. And while we’re ramping up for the new Bond, it’s time to get the old Bond on the new medium. That’s why it’s time for Badass Bond on Blu-Ray. You’ve got Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day, Sean Connery in Dr. No, From Russia With Love and Thunderball, and Roger Moore in For Your Eyes Only and Live and Let Die. Oh, and we’ve got two complete sets of all six that you get a chance to win. All you have to do is enter–and you can enter once a day!
Series Created by Roger S. Baker
Starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis
- Sir Roger Moore’s filmography and biography
- Tony Curtis’ filmography
Released by: A&E Home Entertainment
Rating: NR (some early-70s sexual stuff…)
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: Rent it, if you’re into that whole 70s machismo thing…
Lord Brett Sinclair (Moore) and Danny Wilde (Curtis) are still the playboys that they have always been. Together they jet-set around Europe getting into and out of trouble. Their adventures run the gamut from murder to the dangers of matrimony (at least for a self-confirmed bachelor).
As I’ve said before, Moore and Curtis were absolutely perfect together and its easy to see (between this and The Saint) why Moore was chosen as one of the replacement Bonds. His character did for him what Remington Steele did for Brosnan (or should have). Curtis’ performance feels like it was one of the last of his career, which is odd, because he performed in scads of other shows and movies afterwards–it feels a bit phoned in, perhaps–but even across a telephone line he has all of the charm that he was known for. His choice of style was a bit odd, however, but I guess that was to be expected for an American character in a British television program. For example, it seems that Curtis was almost always wearing leather gloves and his choice of eyewear was a bit odd even for the time period. I guess it was to be expected for the kinds of characters that were popular in Britain during the time.
The DVD is, unfortunately, not worthy. There are only some small text-on-screen biographies available on the third disc. There is a small photo gallery available, but nothing else. I know the show wasn’t that popular over here, but the show was enough fun to warrant a bit more in the way of special features on the DVD. So, if you’ve never seen the show, rent it at least once. You won’t regret it.
Written by: Leslie Charteris
Directed by: Robert S. Baker
Starring: Roger Moore and Ivor Dean
- Original broadcast trailers
- Roger Moore biography/filmography
- The History of THE SAINT
- Production still galleries
- 7 episodes on each 2-disc set
Released by: A&E Home Video
My Advice: Own ’em. And the rest of the sets, too.