MGM And The James Bond Franchise Are Now Part Of Amazon

It’s official: legendary movie studio MGM is now part of Amazon. This mega-merger has been in the works for a while and there was some thought it could be challenged by the FTC, but that has not happened. This puts the massive James Bond franchise squarely under the Amazon umbrella. So what does that mean? Will we see the next 007 movie on Prime Video streaming? Doubtful.

This gives Amazon Studios and Prime Video access to the nearly century-old studio’s vast library of movies and television, along with franchises including James Bond, Rocky, and The Addams Family.

Here are some of the bullet points, according to Deadline. And yes, one of them has to do with the future of Bond as a theatrical entity…

  • In terms of production, Amazon is excited by MGM’s slate and doesn’t anticipate changes in release dates or on projects that are in progress.
  • Amazon is not planning to make all MGM content exclusive to Prime Video.
  • On theatrical, Amazon intends to continue supporting theatrical release, not as a one-size-fits-all proposition but something to be determine case by case.
  • There are no plans to make changes to the Bond franchise.

This acquisition could help make it easier for subscribers to swallow the newly-increased Prime Video subscriber fee of $139/year, and could give Amazon an edge over rivals at Netflix and Apple.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.