This is a six film set, with three classics in the shape of Dr. No, From Russia with Love and Thunderball all starring Sean Connery. Then there is Live and Let Die and For Your Eyes Only staring Roger Moore and finally Die Another Day with Pierce Brosnan.
I have to confess that it has taken me a while to watch all of them, in fact I bought this set back in Dec 2010 for 24.99 and I see that it is currently priced at 42.97 Aug 2012.
The restoration on the three Connery films is very good and I couldnt find anything to grumble about, if there were any blemishes, I didnt notice them. Picture was sharp and clean with good colour depth and clear crisp sound. I must also add that as far as restoration is concerned, Goldfinger 1964 which is not included in this set and possibly Cleopatra 1963 are the finest examples of film restoration on Blu-ray I have seen so far. While the picture and sound quality on the three Connery films is very good, none of them would equal Goldfinger. The later films with Moore are in very good condition and once again, I couldnt find any fault with either the sound or picture. Die Another Day was shot in 2002 and has the best picture and sound of the set, but that is only to be expected being so young.
Of all the actors who have played 007 in this set, I prefer Connerys version of Bond. Personally, Moore just did not do it for me and in my opinion, the films in which he played 007 were weaker when compared to Connerys and all the other portrayals of the British agent. I think it was because he looked older and there was too much humour in the personality of what was after all a cold and ruthless killer like the character created by Ian Fleming. In my opinion, for Your Eyes Only is the weakest film in this set closely followed by Live and Let die. There others are all reasonably good stories if a little fantastic, but isnt that part of their appeal and why we go to see them.
So, should you buy this set, unfortunately I am going to have to say no, sorry Play.Com. Certainly not at the price it is being asked for here but there is another reason. All 22 Bond films will be released together in a boxed set on Blu-ray this September 2012 for around 90 pounds. At 4 pounds a film, and especially if you are a Bond fan, I would recommend waiting until September.