May 27, 2021

James Bond to stay on the big screen after Amazon deal

Future James Bond films will continue to be screened in cinemas, despite Amazon's deal to buy the movie studio that co-owns the rights to 007. Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson stressed that the deal did not mean the spy would be pushed solely to Amazon's streaming service. With the Amazon deal, MGM's share has now passed to the streaming giant, but Broccoli and Wilson will keep their tight grip over the suave secret agent, who plays him, and what direction the movies take. Under the deal, future James Bond films will be made available to stream on Amazon Prime - but Eon's statement makes clear they will be screened in cinemas too. "The acquisition's thesis here is really very simple. MGM has a vast, deep catalogue of much-loved intellectual property. With the talented people at MGM and Amazon Studios, we can reimagine and develop that IP for the 21st Century."

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