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James Bond could be heading to Prime Video following MGM deal

Who will be the next Bond? Daniel Craig in No Time to Die
Daniel Craig in No Time to Die (Image credit: MGM)

James Bond may have found himself a new streaming home in Prime Video. After initially announcing they had come to a more than $8 billion agreement in May 2021, Amazon’s purchase of MGM has closed, according to a report by Variety (opens in new tab)

With that, Bond and other MGM movies and TV shows could soon be part of the streaming lineup on Prime Video.

MGM’s catalog, which dates back to 1924, includes more than 4,000 movies and 17,000 TV shows. Among the most high profile titles are of course the James Bond, Rocky/Creed and Pink Panther movie franchises, as well as the likes of Legally Blonde, The Silence of the Lambs, Tomb Raider, Robocop, 12 Angry Men and The Magnificent Seven; for TV, MGM has helped produce Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu distributes in US) and Vikings.

The news did not give any clue as to when or what titles specifically may make their way to Prime Video, but there are some complications. Pre 1986 MGM movies are currently owned by Turner, as IndieWire outlined back in May 2021 (opens in new tab), which include titles like Gone With the Wind, Singin in the Rain and others. However, that deal does not include films in the United Artist library that is owned by MGM, and that is where James Bond movies reside.

Certainly one of the big draws will be if Prime Video becomes the de facto streaming home for the James Bond franchise. Figuring out how to watch all the James Bond movies can be a herculean task, as they currently are spread across multiple services, with some not even available to stream, though some are already available on Prime Video. 

This deal could also signal that No Time to Die, the last Bond movie to star Daniel Craig that was released in October 2021, may make its streaming debut on Prime Video, though again that was not confirmed at this time.

Classic MGM titles appearing on Prime Video is just one facet of the deal with Amazon, however. The two companies will also work together to develop new movies and TV shows, both original and based on MGM IP. However, both companies said they are committed to theatrical windows for movies, though that will likely be determined on a case by case basis; save for Bond, which has no plans to become a streaming exclusive (opens in new tab).

“We are excited for MGM and its bounty of iconic brands, legendary films and television series, and our incredible team and creative partners to join the Prime Video family,” said Chris Brearton, chief operating officer of MGM, in a statement. 

“MGM has been responsible for the creation of some of the most well-known and critically acclaimed films and television series of the past century. We look forward to continuing that tradition as we head into this next chapter, coming together with the great team at Prime Video and Amazon Studios to provide audiences with the very best in entertainment for years to come.”

In the ongoing streaming battle with Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Paramount Plus, Hulu, Apple TV Plus and others, Prime Video has plucked a nice feather for its cap.

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.