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The James Bond Collection: Volume Three (Widescreen Special Edition)

Pierce Brosnan , Halle Berry , Guy Hamilton , John Glen    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Includes the following films: Die Another Day, A View to a Kill, Live and Let Die, Thunderball, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and Octopussy.


Thunderball, Sean Connery's fourth excursion as 007, upped the Bond ante with the most ambitious adventure--and budget--to date, and turned out to be his most successful venture in the series. George Lazenby, a handsome Australian model with a self-effacing confidence, made his first and only appearance as James Bond in the underrated On Her Majesty's Secret Service, a witty and action-packed adventure that makes 007 history when Bond marries the girl (the lovely and talented Diana Rigg, fresh from her duties as the butt-kicking spy on the TV series The Avengers). Roger Moore brought an altogether lighter tone to 007 with Live and Let Die, softening Connery's rough edges with a more romantic persona as the films became even more exotic. Octopussy, a colorful cold war thriller and one of Moore's better outings, stars Louis Jourdan as a corrupt Afghan prince and Maud Adams (making her second Bond appearance) as the ringmaster of an all-babe traveling circus team that unknowingly carries a nuclear bomb. Christopher Walken hams it up under a platinum-blond hairdo while his Amazon bodyguard, Grace Jones, growls through A View to a Kill, a silly but often visually impressive adventure that made it obvious Moore was too old and stiff to carry on the Bond legacy. No such problem with Pierce Brosnan, whose fourth outing, Die Another Day paired him with sexy American agent Jinx (Halle Berry) to take on a genetically altered North Korean villain (Rick Yune) armed with a satellite capable of destroying just about anything.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good bond mix July 12 2009
Moonraker, Goldfinger, and The World is Not Enough show a broad range of Bonds from the best to arguably the worst.

Connery's Goldfinger stands as the glittering best both in terms of PQ and as entertainment. It set the template for all that followed with a perfect balance of wit, spectacle, glamour and John Barry's pulsing score topped by the brassy title song. Connery had slipped as comfortably into the role as his Saville-Row-tailored suits. Even after forty-five years, this stands as the height of 60's cool.

Moore's Moonraker shows just how far the series had fallen with a wild plot taking Bond from Rio during Carnival to outer space to thwart a mad mastermind. By this time, the series had pumped up the spectacle and cheap laughs to compete with the likes of Star Wars. It struck gold with the 1979 audiences but left the fans and critics less than enthused. Like all the Bonds, it looks and sounds great on BD though.

Brosnan's TWINE is in the middle with a great twist in the villain department, excellent action and some much-needed character depth. Not a lot of humour, unless you count the casting of vapid eye-candy Denise Richards in a central role as a nuclear scientist. What were they thinking?

The hours of extras mostly carried over from the 2 DVD Ultimate Bond detail just about every aspect of the films productions in the usual slick manner although the TWINE "making of" documentary is skimpy at best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the classics, but definitely the fun ones!! April 8 2004
With the exception of Diamonds Are Forever, there really hasn't been a Bond that wasn't at least a lot of fun:
THUNDERBALL: Probably Connery's best performance as Bond. This one is "more Bond than Bond" and it works very hard to please and mostly succeeds. The final underwater battle could be trimmed a bit.
OHMSS: Okay, this is the greatest Bond movie ever. It is the only one that could really be called "epic." Sure, the other movies are huge, but this one feels epic. Lazenby is the most physical Bond and in many ways the most likeable. The scene where he loses his wife at the end is one of the best Bond moments ever.
LIVE AND LET DIE: This movie suffers from Diamonds-are-forever syndrome. LALD is big and exotic but it feels static (like DIAMONDS before it). However, Roger Moore's introduction as Bond is funny and sets the tone for his interpretation thereafter. Yaphet Kotto and his henchmen all make terrific villains, too (especially Tee Hee).
VIEW TO A KILL: This is more "classic Bond" than some are willing to admit. It is a lean, no-gadgets movie that is, in the best tradition of Moore, witty, exciting and stylish. It is also the only Bond to film in America (San Francisco) and actually make good use of its American locations. A fine swan song for Roger Moore's 007.
OCTOPUSSY: Very cold war. This movie also dishes up the most bizarre imagery since YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. The beginning gives us a clown being chased by twin knife throwers deep inside the Eastern Bloc. This movie owes more to Indiana Jones than other Bonds and it is a lot of fun for it. Definitely a top notch Bond.
DIE ANOTHER DAY: Brosnan is great as Bond (though he doesn't actually make a likeable Bond).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little hard around the edges March 28 2004
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All right, sure I agree with the rest of you that this boxed set appears to have been the the throw-together, the last of the lot if you will. The other two seemed to be more streamlined and thought out, BUT I can't say I agree with those who knocked "Die Another Day" saying it was new generation and a sell out. I've been a Bond fan for years and I thought Die Another Day was just what the Bond franchise needed at the time. After Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough, the whole Bond world was slipping, the scripts of those two were just short of terrible. If you don't like insane amounts of special effects in your movies then no, I guess you probably won't like Die Another Day. As for the rest of the boxed set -- If you're a collector of Bond like me, you're obviously going to buy the set regardless of what anyone says. If you just happen to like Bond and you're trying to start somewhere... start with something else, like one of the other sets or just individual DVDs themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Endearing Hero of Distinction March 4 2004
In THUNDERBALL 007's Astin Martin DB5 returns and so do the evil forces of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. In his fourth film Sean Connery is self-assured, inimitably virile and an infallible James Bond. Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo devises and implements a plan that ultimately draws 007 to the Bahamas in search of a missing Vulcan jet lost on a NATO training sortie. This is a lavish Bond film where most of the action takes place underwater. What makes the film very memorable is John Barry's rich and esoteric score combined with Lamar Boren's beautiful and picturesque underwater photography. ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE is the one film closest to any of Ian Fleming's Bond novels. George Lazenby, possessing the physique and physical attributes that fit the role, gives a visually striking and straightforward performance in his only appearance as James Bond. The combined efforts of all the filmmakers and Lazenby's performance of a James Bond with conviction, assuredness and determination make this a definitive James Bond film. The film has a sense of undeniable drive behind it accentuated by Lazenby's no-nonsense approach and the urgency of John Barry's instrumental theme used repeatedly to never let up the pace. There are intensely choreographed fights of great ferocity, exciting and incredible ski chases, car chases, an alpine battle atop an ice-capped peak and an extraordinary thrilling bobsled chase. There is more action, suspense and emotion packed into this film than any other in the series. LIVE AND LET DIE is the one film in the James Bond series that stands out from the rest. This is Roger Moore's first film as James Bond. If you examine this film you will see that Bond is no perfunctory agent. He dispenses lethal doses of vengeful comeuppance with his urbane charm. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars James Bond Collection Vol. 3, VHS
Not a bad collection of Bond material, however, this is a mix of various Bond movies with a variety of leading Bond actors. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by JRon
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag
It's a tough call, but I have to take this set over the other two, largely based on the strength of Thunderball and Live and Let Die. Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by James Ferguson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not closed captioned in English
I bought this box set as a birthday present for a friend who is hard of hearing, thinking that he could use the closed caption option. Read more
Published on March 14 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Finishing the set off... with the bottom of the barrel.
This is quite obviously the final set in this collection, and I have to wonder if half the project team over at MGM wasn't in favor of just waiting 'til after the next movie comes... Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2004 by Magin
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not the best.
These movies are good, but I'm sure there is a reason they are in the last collection. "Thunderball", "Die Another Day", "On Her Majesty's Secret... Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Darrell Fawley, III
4.0 out of 5 stars Good meets Bad
I can't bear to rate a bond film badly.
Here we are
Thunderball- Excellent film. Underwater action at its finest, strong villain and plot, nice bond girl and good... Read more
Published on Dec 19 2003 by "manwiththegoldengun"
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing boxed set has 2 outstanding titles
Here we get Bond stirred not shaken. This boxed set is an oddity as it has one of the best of the Bond films in the series (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) and a couple of the... Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003 by Wayne Klein
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fairly Good Bond Collection to Say the Least (4.5 Stars)
The third and final volume of the James Bond DVD Collection is quite possibly the less alluring, most underrated set of the three volumes. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by Stingray Ramone
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Forget "Never Say Never Again"
Not sure why, but the Bond movie "Never Say Never Again" was left out of all 3 packs. The TRUE James Bond fan collection will not be complete without it, and you have to... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Weatherman
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