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Peter Bart: Insiders Wary Of The Bezos-Bond Alliance As Amazon Steps Up Pursuit Of Prime Hollywood Properties

Peter Bart: Insiders Wary Of The Bezos-Bond Alliance As Amazon Steps Up Pursuit Of Prime Hollywood Properties

As both a tentpole and an artifact, the new James Bond movie now belongs to the increasingly voracious Jeff Bezos. Most of it, anyway.

In acquiring MGM for $8.45 billion, Amazon can claim proprietorship of No Time to Die, which opens October 8, but some insiders argue it’s a mixed blessing. A $300 million theatrical release, the latest Bond represents a tangle of rights agreements dating back 60 years that reflect the legalistic compromises of the past rather than the slick streamer dealmaking of the present. Sequel prospects also lack a pre-geriatric star. Some ticket buyers may also see its plot as a creaky reminder of white-bread misogyny.

Nonetheless, the Bond franchise has accounted for many hundreds of millions of dollars in box office muscle, and Bezos, as the world’s richest man, covets muscle. Amazon’s meek presence in Hollywood has always annoyed its boss, as Brad Stone

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