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Apple and Amazon are reportedly bidding for the distribution rights to the James Bond franchise. The immensely popular series was distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment since 2006, but that contract expired after 'Spectre' in 2015.

Apple and Amazon are reportedly outbidding Warner Bros at the moment. Which means 007 could be coming to a streaming service near you.

MGM and Eon Productions co-own the rights to the films, but don't distribute them themselves. They've been entertaining bids for more than two years, according to the report.

The distribution rights are said to be worth between $2 and $5 billion.

Apple and Amazon are newcomers to the worlds of film and TV through their respective streaming services. Securing the rights to the longest-running film franchise in the world would be a massive coup for either company.

Amazon has a better track record critically when it comes to making TV shows, with more heavyweight fare like 'The Man in the High Castle' and 'Transparent' picking up awards. It also won an Oscar for the film 'Manchester by the Sea'.

Apple, in contrast, has stuck to mainly throwaway shows like 'Planet of the Apps' and 'Carpool Karaoke' for its original output.

Though it could come down to who has more money.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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