James Bond is cool again. For 007 fans, the thrill of the new Casino Royale is tantamount to seeing the Rolling Stones come out of their dotage to record an album on a par with Sticky Fingers (the Stones and the Bond franchise were both born in 1962). And now the entire 007 oeuvre has been restored and remastered in The James Bond Ultimate Edition—a four-volume series of boxed sets totalling 40 DVDs. The man in charge of restoring the Bond library was Toronto-born John Lowry, 74, who also doctored Casablanca, Citizen Kane and Star Wars. His team spent 2V2 years cleaning up 68 km of Bond movies—a process involving 600 Apple G5 computers. Lowry says they digitally removed some 25 million pieces of dirt and 74,000 “hairs in the gate” from the negatives, along with grain, flicker, soft focus and fading. “Dr. No, which was a low-budget film, now looks better than what was seen in theatres originally,” he says, conceding that boast might alarm film purists. Special features include priceless BBC interviews with Sean Connery shot in black-and-white. On the set of Goldfinger, Connery treats his unctuous female questioner with such predatory disdain it looks as if he can’t decide to seduce her or slap her. Unfortunately, the Connery classics are scattered through the four volumes— you have to buy all of them to get the good stuff. Brian D. Johnson
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