James Bond could become part of the Disney family in the future, as MGM Holdings, Inc. is looking to be bought.
Recently, the Wall Street Journal announced that MGM Holdings, Inc . is looking to be bought. According to Variety, the company recruited the financial multinational Morgan Stanley and the differentiated global investment and commercial banking firm LionTree LLC to advise on the sale. The market value of MGM Holdings, Inc. is the US $ 5.5 billion. And it could be that Disney is interested because of the James Bond franchise.
Right now there is a war between streaming platforms, due to the emergence of really strong competitors like Disney +, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Max. They all want to have a very extensive catalog with very popular titles, and with MGM Holdings, Inc. for sale, the opportunity to fulfill this wish is a great opportunity for all. Take into account that MGM owns Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, a studio with more than 4 thousand titles, including the 24 James Bond films released so far.
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MGM is co-owner of the James Bond franchise, as well as the Rocky, The Hobbit, Creed franchises, and The Handmaid’s Tale and Vikings television series. In the context of the streaming war, Disney may seek to buy the company, just as in 2017 it was announced that it would buy 21st Century Fox and in 2019 the purchase was completed. Thanks to this, the house of the mouse now has the rights to the X-Men movies and many more iconic pop culture characters such as Alien and Predator.
For Disney, it would be a very good thing to have the James Bond franchise, and it is not the first time that the possibility of acquiring it has been mentioned. In November of last year Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company from 2005 to February 2020, was questioned by TIME about which franchise he would buy between The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or James Bond, and he chose the third option.