James Bond Gets His Own TV Channel THR
The James Bond movie franchise is getting its own TV channel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the satellite broadcaster BSkyB in the U.K. will launch a dedicated movie channel for the franchise on Oct. 5.
The launch is timed to coincide with 50th anniversary celebrations marking the 1962 release of the very 007 movie, "Dr No.”
The newest James Bond film, Sam Mendes' "Skyfall," opens later that month in the U.K. and in early November in the U.S.
BSkyB's Sky Movies will present the entire James Bond film catalog, as well as the 1967 "Casino Royale" spoof of the Bond franchise with Peter Sellers and Woody Allen, and Sean Connery's "Never Say Never Again," which was his only non-Cubby Broccoli-produced 007 movie.
The satellite channel, Sky Movies 007, will show everything without commercials and in high definition for the first time ever in England.
"The Bond movies are a very special franchise and we want to ensure that our customers will be able to experience it in a way they've never been able to before, and so we're going to create a dedicated channel Sky Movies 007 HD devoted entirely to James Bond showing the entire catalogue of films and loads of extra material," said Ian Lewis, the director of Sky Movies, in a statement.