ITV and MGM agree a new deal which will see the James Bond films return to free-to-air television.
The film franchise moved to Sky Movies last year, ending a near 40-year relationship between Bond and ITV. The new multi-year agreement will include all 23 films including the latest blockbuster Skyfall which is slated to air in 2014. The films will also be able to be screened on ITV’s digital channels ITV2 and ITV4.
“Skyfall is the highest grossing film of all time at the UK Box Office and proves not only the enduring popularity of the Bond franchise but also its iconic status. I am delighted we have the entire Bond library of films on Britain’s biggest commercial channel, a fantastic treat for all viewers.” – ITV’s Director Digital Channels and Acquisitions, Angela Jain
Skyfall, the latest Bond film starring Daniel Craig, grossed over $1 billion worldwide making it the most successful Bond film of all time. “MGM is thrilled to partner again with ITV to bring James Bond home to UK audiences,” said Chris Ottinger, President, International Television Distribution & Acquisitions, MGM.
The Bond movies began in 1962 with Sean Connery in the title role, for most of the 1970s and 80s former ATV star Roger Moore took the lead while most recently Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have taken on the 007 spy role.