Barry Nelson was the first actor to portray James Bond on the screen, in a 1954 TV adaptation of Ian Fleming's "Casino Royale."
But the Bond films we all know and love, which were made by Eon Productions, began half a century ago with the release on Oct. 5, 1962, of "Dr. No," starring a then-32-year-old Sean Connery.
Five other actors have assayed the role: George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and the current 007, Daniel Craig, whose third Bond outing, "Skyfall," is in theaters.
Take Bond home, or give him as a gift, with the impressive Blu-ray box set "Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection." MGM boasts that the set, which ends with Craig's "Quantum of Solace," includes 130 hours of extra features, including never-before-released archival material (http://shop.mgm.com/; $299.99; rated PG-13).
"The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy." The American comedian par excellence, who has been in the business for more than six decades, is best known for his features and Broadway productions. This six-disc DVD set from Shout! Factory gathers Brooks' many TV specials and talk-show appearances over the years. It even includes Brooks' guest turns in shows such as "Get Smart" and "Mad About You" (www.shoutfactory.com/; $89.93; not rated). For Brooks' movies, pick up the nine-film Blu-ray set, the "Mel Brooks Collection (www.foxconnect.com/; $79.98; not rated).
"All in the Family, The Complete Series." See Archie Bunker search, in vain, for his inner child over nine seasons and 208 episodes, all included in this boxed set (www.shoutfactory.com/; $199.99; not rated).
"Tarantino XX 8-Film Collection" (Blu-ray). See all these films -- "Pulp Fiction," "Inglourious Basterds," "Reservoir Dogs," "Kill Bill Vol. 1," "Kill Bill Vol. 2," "Jackie Brown," "Death Proof" and "True Romance" -- or wild Quentin of the Tarantino gang will send a (heavily-armed) Cleaner to your house (www.http://www.blu-ray.com/movies; $119.99; all rated R).
"The Dark Knight Trilogy" ("Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight," "The Dark Knight Rises"). 'Tis the season to be Batty, Batman-y. Director Christopher Nolan and fellow Brit Christian Bale finally brought back some gravitas to a film franchise that had fallen into self-parody (www.wbshop.com/; $38.99 DVD; $52.99 Blu-ray; Rated: PG-13).
"The Resident Evil Collection" ("Resident Evil," "Resident Evil: Apocalypse," "Resident Evil: Extinction," "Resident Evil: Afterlife," "Resident Evil: Retribution." Blood-thirsty zombies, test-tube-cooked monsters, evil scientists and the adorable, slick, euro-chic Milla Jovovich. Who could ask for anything more? The five-disc Blu-ray collection is due Dec. 21 (www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/; $95.99; rated R).
"Harry Potter Wizard's Collection." Harry Potter-heads won't leave the house for months once they have their hands on this 32-disc collection of all the Potter films in Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy (www.wbshop.com/; $499.99; rated PG-13).
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