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Free-to-air channel wins back the rights to the spy franchise back from Sky

James Bond returns to ITV

ITV has won back the rights to air the James Bond franchise after losing them to Sky last year.

Rights to the franchise went to Sky as part of a deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in April 2012, but ITV has now won them back.

All 23 films in the franchise can be broadcast across ITV, ITV2 and ITV4 in a multi-year deal which includes the free-to-air premiere of Skyfall in 2014.

Bond’s return to ITV will be kicked off with the airing of Quantum of Solace in December.

Sky will continue to be the first pay-TV window for new films in the Bond franchise.

Skyfall is the highest grossing film of all time at the UK box office and proves not only the enduring popularity of the Bond franchise but also its iconic status," said Angela Jain, ITV director of digital channels and acquisitions.

“I am delighted we have the entire Bond library of films on Britain’s biggest commercial channel, a fantastic treat for all viewers.”

Chris Ottinger, president, International television distribution and acquisitions at MGM added: "MGM is thrilled to partner again with ITV to bring James Bond home to UK audiences.

“The Bond franchise is a jewel in the MGM library and we are delighted to share the films with the viewers across the United Kingdom.”

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