Date: 3rd January, 2023

Having previously announced the Pro, Premium and Limited Edition variants of their James Bond 007 cornerstone title, Stern Pinball today revealed the much-anticipated 60th Anniversary limited edition featuring all six actors who played the role of Bond in the MGM/UA movies.

The left side of the James Bond 007 60th Anniversary game
The left side of the James Bond 007 60th Anniversary game
The front view of the James Bond 007 60th Anniversary game
The front view of the James Bond 007 60th Anniversary game
The right side of the James Bond 007 60th Anniversary game
The right side of the James Bond 007 60th Anniversary game

The cabinet artwork is a montage created from posters for the 25 official James Bond films, while the backbox art is another composition using the names of each movie.

The mirrored backglass shows all six Bonds in classic poses, while the game comes with an illuminated static 007 topper and a custom shooter rod, along with 007/Spectre themed side rails.

The backglass artwork
The backglass artwork
The Union Flag shooter rod
The Union Flag shooter rod

The 60th Anniversary edition is a completely new design by Keith Elwin, taking a retro approach with mechanical score reels and backlit inserts for scores, ball number and player number in place of an LCD panel.

Scores are shown with a combination of four mechanical score reels and illuminated score values
Scores are shown with a combination of four mechanical score reels and illuminated score values

Score values are especially low, with the score reels and inserts allowing scores up to 49,999 before the ‘Over The Top’ insert lights. The inserts also suggest the game is locked to three-ball play and a maximum of four players.

James Bond 007 60th Anniversary only comes in a single version which is limited to just 500 units, resulting in a suitably exclusive price. It is up to distributors to set their own price level, but Stern made a number of units available for purchase through their own web shop at a price of $19,999, setting the benchmark distributor price at $20,000 plus tax & shipping.

The playfield
The playfield

Although there is no LCD panel in the backbox, there is one embedded in the playfield. Stern Pinball say it will be used to train players about their assignments, but there in the company’s promo video (shown further below) there are no clips from any of the movies shown just yet, and no audio clips either.

Naturally, Insider Connected is supported, although the QR code reader is on the left side here
Naturally, Insider Connected is supported, although the QR code reader is on the left side here

On the right of the bottom apron is Keith Elwin’s signature and the instruction card.

The game designer's signature and instructions
The game designer’s signature and instructions

Here are those instructions:

  • Complete B-O-N-D targets to lite Oddjob Disc for Gadget Awards and lite Collect Bond
  • Collect 6 Bonds to start Bond Multiball
  • Collect 4 Gadgets to start Gadget Multiball
  • Hit Oddjob Disc to select Villain Mode. Complete M-I-6 Targets to play mode. Complete all Villain Modes to lite Villain Multiball
  • Shoot Inline Targets to lite ball lock to start Mission Multiball
  • Mission Multiball:
    – Lock two balls in Mission Multiball to start 3 ball multiball
    – Lock ball during 3 ball Mission Multiball to lite Captive Ball for Jackpot
    – Lock two balls during 3 ball Mission Multiball to lite Captive Ball for Double Jackpot
  • Complete 007 lanes to lite Pop Bumpers and collect awards
  • Action Button – Hit Action Button when GREEN to drop Inline Targets and lite Ball Lock to start Mission Multiball
  • Complete A-B-C targets for Bonus Mutliplier

The main toy on the playfield is the spinning Oddjob’s hat which sits in the centre just above the LCD panel.

Oddjob's spinning hat
Oddjob’s spinning hat

Spinning playfield objects are something of a theme, with the game featuring four separate spinners in addition to Oddjob’s hat.

There are also plenty of drop targets – 10 in total, both in a row and inline.

Inline drops guard a ball lock
Inline drops guard a ball lock
M-I-6 drop targets above Oddjob's spinning hat
M-I-6 drop targets above Oddjob’s spinning hat
B-O-N-D drop targets on the left side of the playfield
B-O-N-D drop targets on the left side of the playfield
There is a shot back into the shooter lane
There is a shot back into the shooter lane

One of the rules involves collecting all six Bonds. Your progress is shown on the back panel.

The Bonds collection
The Bonds collection

Collecting a Bond is achieved by shooting the kickout saucer at the top left of the playfield. This forms part of a crossover shot which can be shot in both directions.

The kickout saucer and crossover loop
The kickout saucer and crossover loop

At the very top of the playfield are three 007 rollover lanes which feed a pair of Spectre pop bumpers. There is also a captive ball which can be shot directly from the left flipper or from a pop bumper kick.

The top rollover lanes, pop bumpers and captive ball
The top rollover lanes, pop bumpers and captive ball
Another view of the playfield
Daniel Craig is the only Bond not depicted holding a gun

Here’s how Stern Pinball announced the new game.

The highly collectible James Bond 007 60th Anniversary Limited Edition pinball machine highlights the entire franchise of 25 films, all James Bond actors, villains, and henchmen.

Stern Pinball’s James Bond 007 60th Anniversary Limited Edition pinball machines will immerse players in the history of 007.  Limited to 500 machines globally, the rare 60th Anniversary Limited Edition offers players a one-of-a-kind pinball experience.  Control the chaos from Oddjob’s kinetic spinning disc hat as you battle villains and utilize special gadgets.  Survive tactical precision shots against 10 drop targets as you start Mission Multiball mayhem.  Escape SPECTRE’s evil henchmen as you navigate pinballs through 4 fast-flowing optical spinners.  Like a hidden gadget from Q Branch, learn your assignments through a custom LCD screen located inside the playfield and watch your high scores rack up on the unique classic-style mechanical score reels.

Log into our award-winning Insider Connected™ system, which enables players to interact with the game and a global network of players in a variety of ways.  Through Insider Connected, players can track progress, earn new game-specific achievements, engage with the player community, and participate in promotions and Challenge Quests.  Insider Connected also provides an operator-focused toolset to drive location play through Location Leaderboards, build player loyalty, analyze performance, make adjustments remotely, and maintain the machines.  Registration for Insider Connected is available at insider.sternpinball.com/.

Commemorating this exclusive pinball machine, the James Bond 007 60th Anniversary Limited Edition includes the official James Bond 007 pinball topper, an exclusive full-color mirrored backglass inspired by 60 years of James Bond, custom high gloss and powder-coated pinball armor, a custom designer-autographed bottom arch, an exclusive Union Jack pinball shooter knob, upgraded audio system, anti-reflection pinball playfield glass, shaker motor, a sequentially numbered plaque, and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Stern Chairman Gary Stern and President & CEO Seth Davis.

“For the ultimate James Bond fan, we wanted to celebrate 60 years of this beloved film franchise in style. Partnering with EON Productions/Danjaq, MGM Studios and Aston Martin, we created a timeless pinball experience.” said Gary Stern, Chairman.  “Get connected today and become a legend.”

Stern have produced two videos for their latest release. The first is a game trailer, while the second shows some of the features.

Stern’s trailer for their new game
Some of the game’s features

There is also a flyer for the game. As with all pictures here, you can click on these images to enlarge them.

The front of the flyer
The front of the flyer
The back of the flyer
The back of the flyer

Stern’s James Bond 007 60th Anniversary Edition can be bought from Stern distributors. Contact your local distributor for availability and pricing information.

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