007 Legends: Building Excitement for the 50th Anniversary of James Bond
It’s the 50th anniversary of James Bond and that means great things for 007 fans. This includes the soon to be released new movie Skyfall, the new Bond 50 bluray collection featuring all 22 movies on bluray and the latest video game 007 Legends, which includes six movie-based missions in the game. Movies such as Moonraker, License to Kill, Die Another Day, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and a mission based on the latest installment, Skyfall, which will be available later on as downloadable content. The other movie-based mission has yet to be announced. This is a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary with a brand new movie, a collectors set with all 22 movies on Bluray, and something that will make gamers happy as well.
I’ve already expressed my interest and excitement over the upcoming release of Bond 50. I look forward to providing a series of articles to cover the collector’s edition by discussing a couple movies at a time along with the special features that come along with the set. Like many others, I can’t wait for Skyfall to hit theatres and will write my opinion on the movie as well. But, to continue the fun, I want to talk more about 007 Legends the video game that releases later this year.
007 Legends Game Trailer: Moonraker Level
When it comes to James Bond and videos games, GoldenEye is the game we remember the most; A game that was a must own for anyone with a Nintendo 64 console and a game that would be the hit of the party anytime you would have a get-together with friends. GoldenEye was the best James Bond game that we have seen. The others that followed could never recapture that magic felt while playing it on the Nintendo 64.
However, we have seen a good attempt recently with the release of GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo Wii and then GoldenEye 007: Reloaded. Both of course were reimagined remakes of the original GoldenEye. I found myself enjoying the Wii version of the game, and even though I did have a few complaints, it was still fun to get in some Bond action. That’s what I am looking forward to most with 007 Legends, some straight up James Bond 007 action with missions that are based on 6 great movies.
A quote from David Oxford, Executive Vice President at Activision Publishing says: “To honor 50 years of the world’s top secret agent, 007 Legends offers a collection of his most famed moments in the smartest and most treacherous Bond game yet. Creating a video game storyline that ties together six popular, yet very different, Bond movie narratives can be challenging, but together with EON Productions, our developer Eurocom, has pulled it off to create an homage that we think will be a unique and highly entertaining Bond video game.”
007 Legends: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
I love that they are going that route with the latest Bond game, featuring missions that are based off of the movies we love so dearly. It’s especially good timing to do this right when fans will be eagerly viewing past Bond films from the Bond 50 bluray collection. Even though it features movie-based missions, the game still has its own original storyline that ties it all together through those reimagined movie moments. The developers set out to give you the most diverse Bond gaming experience yet with all the gadgets, weapons and vehicles that you should expect to help achieve your missions.
David G. Wilson, VP of Global Business Strategy, EON says: “The method of picking which James Bond movies to include in 007 Legends was a deep and thoughtful process between Eurocom, Activision, EON and Danjaq. We took great care in selecting movies that helped define who Bond has become over the years, and ones that could be tied together in a compelling way to pay homage to 50 years of 007.”
For those who enjoyed GoldenEye 007: Reloaded, the Mi6 Ops Missions will return in 007 Legends. Mi6 Ops Missions is a single player mode that challenges players to complete additional missions and compete for a high score on the online leaderboards. Players will also be able to participate as one of Bond’s cohorts or villainous foes and play through the missions through their eyes in addition to 007’s. And of course more online action will return with new maps, weapons and characters from Bond’s 50 year legacy.
007 Legends: Licence to Kill & Die Another Day
When it comes to 007 Legends, it certainly helps the excitement and anticipation with it being the 50th anniversary of Bond, James Bond. I admit, I might be caught up in all of hoopla, but I have never been this excited for a James Bond game – ever. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on 007 Legends and I hope that developers got caught up in the 50th year anniversary excitement as well. That type of excitement can really show in the creation of a video game when it comes to ideas and passion put forth in designing the game. I can’t wait to see the final product.
I really hope this is a James Bond game that we all can appreciate as Bond fans. It doesn’t need to be a classic or be compared to one, which always seems so easy to do when it comes to a game featuring 007; it only needs to capture the Bond theme that we’ve all loved for 50 years now.