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18. June 2014 05:32
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WTBS James Bond Promos - Early 1991

18. June 2014 05:32 by m | 0 Comments

In early 1991 the TBS network in the United States acquired the rights to the James Bond Catalog and after showing a few "Double features" decided to air at least one James Bond movie every day for seven days in a row. According to the Ad in TV Guide, the selected films were Dr. NoDr. No, From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love, GoldfingerGoldfinger, ThunderballThunderball, Diamonds Are ForeverDiamonds Are Forever, You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice, Live And Let DieLive And Let Die, The Man With The Golden GunThe Man With The Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me, MoonrakerMoonraker, Casino RoyaleCasino Royale (1967) and On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceOn Her Majesty:

007 days of 007 - Only TBS Has him - TV Guide Print Ad

First we have the long (3 minute) promo:

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Then we have a shorter 30 second spot:

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[This video is from the betamax archives of Ray Glasser: https://www.youtube.com/user/videoholicULTIMATE]

"If you were a Television Network and you could get your hands on any movies you wanted, what would they be? Our Thoughts Exactly. Never Before has one television network presented a full week of pure Bond, James Bond. 007 Days of 007, Beginning March 4th. And only TBS has him."

And here is one more:

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"He's Bond... James Bond. And for years they've all been out to get him. But now only TBS has him. Right where we want him. His first assignment begins March 4th; codename Seven Days of 007 TBS is giving him seven days to find the villain, save the world and get the girl... make that girls. Seven Days of 007 Everybody wants him but only TBS has him."

From 1992 onwards I seem to recall they upped the ante to a full "15 days of 007" which became an annual event that would later add trivia questions during the commercial Breaks and, in 1999, on online "Cyber Bond" game at TBSSuperstation.com - an early attempt at a dual screen experience where viewers could play for prizes.

TBS' lease on the films expired around 2000 and by 2002 they were back on ABC.

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