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James Bond: Dr. No 60th Anniversary Steelbook Embraces Early '60s Nostalgia

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The James Bond classic Dr. No celebrates its 60th anniversary in iconic 60s style.

In celebration of both Dr. No and the James Bond film franchise's milestone anniversary, the 007 Store is releasing a limited edition steelbook Blu-ray packed with extras. Apart from on-disc bonus content including audio commentary with the cast and crew, the special edition includes a theatrical poster reprinted with monochrome character splashes, as well as reproductions of lobby cards from the film's original theatrical release.

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Dr. No, based on the 1958 Ian Fleming novel of the same name, premiered in 1962 to surprisingly mixed reception from both critics and audiences. Directed by Terence Young and starring Sean Connery as James Bond, the film kicked off the 007 live-action franchise, which currently spans 27 big-budget films. The iconic role made famous by Connery was most recently portrayed by Daniel Craig, who first appeared as Bond in 2006's Casino Royale. The latter's iteration of the character was seemingly killed off in 2021's No Time to Die, leaving the franchise open for another actor to take up the mantle of 007.

Series producer Barbara Broccoli recently opened up about the future of the series, promising that it would be "at least two years" before the fan-favorite spy returns to the silver screen. She explained that the long way was taken largely because "nobody's in the running." She continued, "We're working out where to go with him, we're talking that through. There isn't a script and we can't come up with one until we decide how we're going to approach the next film because, really, it's a reinvention of Bond. We're reinventing who he is and that takes time."

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Long-time 007 fan-cast favorite Idris Elba has reportedly been placed under consideration for the role, with an industry insider stating, "Idris has long been in talks to play a role in the next era of James Bond’s story and last year was being considered for a role as an antagonist. However, talks surrounding him playing the lead have started again as producers realized how popular he would be after carrying out secret market research. He ranked highly among the diverse group of movie buffs invited to participate in it. They didn’t want to see him as a nemesis, they want him as the hero."

No Time to Die star Ana de Armas previously provided her personal take on where the series should head in regard to casting, stating, "There’s no need for a female Bond." Despite her belief that the leading role should continue to be played by a male actor, De Armas did laud the way later films in the series have altered the often-exploitative trend toward Bond girls in more substantial ways. "What I would like is that the female roles in the Bond films, even though Bond will continue to be a man, are brought to life in a different way," De Armas said. "That they’re given a more substantial part and recognition. That’s what I think is more interesting than flipping things."

Source: 007 Store

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