James Bond fans who don't already own copies of the movies and are looking for something to watch are in luck. MGM has decided to take down the paywall for most of the entries in the franchise on YouTube, meaning they can all be streaming, legally, right now, for free. All one needs is an internet connection and access to YouTube and everything from Dr. No to Die Another Day can be streamed without having to shell out any dough. But exactly how long this will last is anyone's guess.
Currently, Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man With the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, License to Kill, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day are streaming for free. This includes the runs of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan. The only omissions are the Daniel Craig James Bond movies, which include Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
There are a couple of small catches. First off, the movies will include ads. YouTube has been trying to get into the streaming content game and they believe ad-supported is the way to go when it comes to offering movies. So, the trade-off is you don't have to pay anything but ad breaks are going to be included. The movies can also only be streaming in the U.S. currently. So those who live outside of America are out of luck for the moment. Beyond that, the only real question is how long MGM will keep its golden goose franchise fee to watch.
This comes not long after the passing of Sean Connery. The actor was the first to put his stamp on the character, who was created by author Ian Fleming, in 1962's Dr. No. Connery's performance helped to introduce 007 to the masses, creating one of cinema's most enduring franchises. Across 24 movies and nearly six decades, the movies have earned more than $7 billion at the box office and are showing no signs of slowing down. Daniel Craig remains our current Bond, though not for much longer.
No Time to Die, which had originally been set to hit theaters earlier this year, is set to conclude Daniel Craig's tenure with the franchise. The sequel to Spectre will see him squaring off against a new villain played by Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek. MGM has to delay the release to next year, given the ongoing uncertainty at the box office, with many theaters around the world closing their doors again. It is currently scheduled to arrive on April 2, 2021. There was at least some talk of selling it to a streaming service such as Netflix, but the price was too steep. The James Bond movies are available to stream via the MGM YouTube channel.