Bond channel for Sky
Sky bought the rights to the Bond back catalogue in a deal with MGM in April this year, bringing to an end ITV’s almost 40-year hold on the franchise. The HD channel, which will launch on October 5th and be on air for a month, is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film, Dr No, and the release of the latest, Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig and directed by Sam Mendes.
Sky will show all 22 official Bond films as well as the two which were not produced by Albert Broccoli’s Eon Productions – Never Say Never Again and Woody Allen’s Casino Royale.
Sky Movies director Ian Lewis said it would be the first time viewers will be able to watch Bond films “uninterrupted, in HD, on demand and on the go”.