James Bond fans will be able to enjoy the super-sleuth’s 24 big screen outings in HD and without adverts for the first time on British television thanks to a new deal between Sky and MGM.
The broadcaster will screen all 22 official EON Bond films as well as the 1967 Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again later this year.
The deal also grants Sky rights to screen the upcoming Skyfall in the spring of 2013. Bg behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews from the film will also feature on the Sky Movies review programme 35MM.
“We are simply delighted to have secured the Bond films for our customers” comments Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies. “Everything about these films is iconic – whether it’s the cars, the gadgets or the catchphrases. What’s more, they’ve become hugely significant culturally; demonstrating the best of British film.
“It’s an honour for us to have all of them for our customers, and we will ensure that we do them justice across Sky Movies, giving our customers the best possible experience in watching them. It’s an exciting time for Sky Movies and this is just one of many exciting plans we have coming up in the months ahead.”
Chris Ottinger, President, International Television Distribution & Acquisitions, MGM said, “It is the first time that the entire Bond collection will be shown side-by-side on one channel and we are really pleased to be able to showcase all of the British classics on Sky Movies.”