Here we are, yet again, with another one of these James Bond multi-disc boxed sets that MGM/UA/Fox/your grandmother seem to love re-re-re-releasing every five years or so. As usual, the movies are apparently chosen at random with little-to-no rhyme or reason given to the selections, but if you're going to buy only one of the three current Blu-Ray sets, then The James Bond Collection, Vol. 2 is the one to get.
This set contains three of the very best classic Bond films: "From Russia With Love", "Thunderball" and "For Your Eyes Only." Each of these is among the most highly-rated among Bond fans and each stands alone as some of the most well-written, tightly paced and serious films in the EON canon.
The hi-def mastering on these Blu-Rays is, frankly, outstanding -- particularly in regards to the older films, "From Russia With Love" and "Thunderball." While the recent Ultimate Edition DVDs represented the pinnacle of what could be achieved with standard definition mastering (and they do upscale very well in Blu-Ray/upscaling DVD players), these new discs showcase Lowry Digital's fine work in restoring these films to a hitherto unparalleled level of quality, allowing them to stand up to more recent releases like "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace." If you're a hardcore Bond fan, you'll want at least one example demonstrating the full range of Lowry's efforts in this regard. With this box you'll own three of their best.
The packaging looks great but is, of course, rather flimsy for something so expensive. Also, no "Goldfinger" or "Dr. No" -- would it kill Fox/MGM to include four films in these things?!
P.S. Update your Blu-Ray player's firmware before you even *think* about taking these discs for a spin.