Sky Movies Gets U.K. TV Rights to James Bond Catalog

Daniel Craig James Bond Casino Royale 2011

The new deal, which will kick in this October, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the franchise.

LONDON - BSkyB's Sky Movies has won the TV rights to the James Bond film catalog, which were so far held by ITV in the U.K., from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The company said that Bond films will become available on Sky Movies starting in October. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

ITV has shown Bond movies since 1975, with its most recent deal signed a couple of years ago.

"The deal marks the first time the complete catalogue of Bond films will have ever been shown uninterrupted and in high definition in the U.K.," Sky said. "It offers Bond fans an unrivaled opportunity to experience the films via Sky Movies’ comprehensive movies service - on the linear channels, on demand and on the go."

The new pay TV deal coincides with the 50th anniversary of the franchise. The first film in the series, Dr. No, was released on Oct. 5 of 1962.

"We are simply delighted to have secured the Bond films for our customers,” said 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."

Chris Ottinger, president, international television distribution & acquisitions at 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."

Sky Movies review show 35MM will show behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews related to upcoming Bond release Skyfall, which will make it onto the network in spring 2013, the company said.


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