The billion-dollar Bond is heading home.
“Skyfall,” Daniel Craig‘s third round as Agent 007 — and the first movie in the half-century-old franchise to gross $1 billion internationally in its original theatrical release — is set to make its DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand debut Tuesday, Feb. 12. Digital platforms including Amazon and iTunes will begin offering it one week earlier.
The timing may be auspicious in terms of this year’s Academy Awards. The generally praised “Skyfall” is up for five Oscars, including best cinematography (for which Roger Deakins earned bountiful kudos), best original score (by Bond first-timer Thomas Newman) and best original song, with Adele scheduled to perform the title tune live for the first time when ABC airs the Oscar-cast Sunday, Feb. 24.
Many thought Javier Bardem had a shot at another bid for best supporting actor (an award he’s already won for “No Country for Old Men”) as Silva, the former MI6 agent whose revenge scheme against M (Judi Dench) and the agency puts James Bond on his trail. That nomination ultimately didn’t happen, but a 50th-anniversary Bond tribute will be a big component of the Academy Awards ceremony.
The special features “Skyfall” will offer on DVD include four “making-of” documentaries under the umbrella title “Shooting Bond.” The Blu-ray adds 10 more, plus the theatrical trailer, premiere footage and audio commentaries by director Sam Mendes, veteran Bond producers Barbara Broccoli (daughter of late franchise co-originator Albert R. Broccoli) and Michael G. Wilson (the elder Broccoli’s stepson), and production designer Dennis Gassner.
The “Skyfall” video release surely is good news for those who have the “Bond 50” collection released in October. The set’s book-like format includes a slot for the “Skyfall” disc, letting fans keep the entire series in one place. “Entire,” that is, if one doesn’t count the unofficial Bond movies made by other producers: the 1967 spoof version of “Casino Royale,” and Sean Connery’s one-last-time return in “Never Say Never Again.”
That completeness will last only so long, though. Craig has signed to star in at least two more Bond capers, likely also to feature Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris in their “Skyfall'” roles. To paraphrase another piece of film history, then, “Bond 50” owners eventually are going to need a bigger book.