Amazon has held preliminary talks to buy MGM, Forbes says

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Amazon has held “exploratory talks” about acquiring Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, James Bond’s home studio, Forbes said as part of a broader story about MGM.

The Forbes story had few additional details about Amazon’s interest. Amazon and MGM declined to comment to Forbes.

Instead, Forbes went into detail about how it will be difficult for MGM to get the kind of price ($10 billion) it wants. A key excerpt of interest to Bond film fans:

The problem is that MGM’s collection of great movies is dated and losing value by the minute. Barbara Broccoli and her half brother Michael G. Wilson, who maintain an iron grip over the Bond franchise — a deal initially hammered out decades ago by Broccoli’s father, producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli — have the final say over casting decisions, dialog and promotional materials related to 007 — adding complexity to any deal talks. 

In 2017, The Hollywood Reporter said that Amazon and Apple Inc. were seeking the Bond film rights. Nothing ever came of that. Forbes, in its story, says Apple “remains a speculative wild-card” in terms of buying MGM.

In general, movies have been turned upside down by Netflix’s streaming service. Walt Disney Co. and AT&T’s Warner Bros. are orienting themselves toward streaming and de-emphasizing their traditional theater-released movie model.

Netflix, AT&T’s HBO Max, and Disney’s Disney Plus all feature in-house content. (MGM films before 1986, such as Ben Hur, Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and Mutiny on the Bounty, are part of the Warner Bros. film library that’s included with HBO Max.)

MGM doesn’t have a streaming service. But both Amazon and Apple have such services.

MGM is owned by a group of hedge funds led by Anchorage Capital. They took over following an MGM bankruptcy in 2010.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of MGM’s dysfunctional relationship with the Bond franchise. MGM acquired United Artists, Bond’s original studio, in 1981 after insurance conglomerate Transamerica Corp. decided to get out of the movie business.

MGM has the 25th Bond film, No Time to Die, on hold until October, the latest in a series of release dates. The movie has been pushed back since April 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aston Martin DB5 scheduled to be at Detroit auto show

Daniel Craig and Aston Mart DB5 in a Skyfall publicity sill

Daniel Craig and Aston Martin DB5 in a Skyfall publicity sill

The Aston Martin DB5, most recently seen in Skyfall, is scheduled to be at the North American International Auto show next month during the event’s media preview. Here’s an excerpt from a press release:

Covisint, a Compuware (Nasdaq:CPWR)
company, is bringing the world-famous 1964 James Bond car, an Aston Martin
DB5, to the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit,
January 14-18. The iconic vehicle co-starred with Sean Connery in the movie
Goldfinger and appears with Daniel Craig in Skyfall, the highest-grossing Bond
movie ever at $869 million to-date.

The DB5’s in-car phone and futuristic GPS mapping device made James Bond the
world’s first connected driver. The Covisint NAIAS exhibit will showcase the
future of vehicle connectivity, a major communications feature demanded by
consumers in vehicles for 2013 and beyond.

To read the complete press release CLICK HERE. You can CLICK HERE to view the official Web site of the auto show.

UPDATE: The Forbes magazine Web size has THIS ARTICLE about how a double vehicle was created for Skyfall.