Dr No more 007 on ITV as Sky buys rights to James Bond films

After 35 years, the spy who loved ITV is set to defect to the satellite broadcaster...

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Traditional bank holiday afternoons spent in front of a 007 adventure could soon be a thing of the past for James Bond fans without a subscription to Sky Movies.

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The satellite broadcaster is set to secure the rights to show all of the Bond back catalogue in a move that would see ITV relinquish the claim they have held for over 35 years.

ITV’s current agreement with distributors MGM ends in August, at which point Sky’s new deal – expected to be signed in the next few weeks, according to Broadcast – will activate.

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ITV has been showing 007 films since the 1975 television premiere of Dr No, and Bond still performs vigorously for the broadcaster today. Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig’s second outing as the spy, drew 5.16 million viewers on its first free-to-air screening last year.