Danjaq, MGM reach agreement with McClory estate

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Danjaq LLC, the Broccoli family company that controls 007 copyrights ,said they’ve acquired all of the James Bond rights held by the Kevin McClory family and estate.

Text of a statement:

Los Angeles, CA (November 15, 2013) – Danjaq, LLC, the producer of the James
Bond films, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), the longtime distributor of the Bond
films, along with the estate and family of the late Kevin McClory, announced
today that Danjaq and MGM have acquired all of the estate’s and family’s rights
and interests relating to James Bond, thus bringing to an amicable conclusion
the legal and business disputes that have arisen periodically for over 50
years.

That would seem to pave the way for the return of Ernst Stavro Blofeld to the Bond series if Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson want to pursue it. Blofeld was introduced in the Ian Fleming novel Thunderball, based on scripts commissioned by McClory during an ill-fated movie project in the 1950s.

McClory dut a deal with Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman for a co-production of Thunderball. McClory in the 1970s began efforts to launch his own 007 movies.

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9 Responses

  1. I’d love to see Blofeld return. The only problem is the realism of the last three movies, and the legacy of Austin Powers, all but preclude the Nerhu jacket and white cat fetish.

  2. True. Then again, the liteary Blofeld dressed different and had no cat.

  3. […] Here’s some press release text, via OHMSS: […]

  4. […] that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Broccoli family have acquired the 007 film rights held by the estate and family of Kevin McClory, the obvious question is whether Ernst Stavro Blofeld, James Bond’s arch-enemy, will return […]

  5. […] Here’s some press release text, via OHMSS: […]

  6. […] Here’s the press release via HMSS […]

  7. McClory use to brag that he had several film treatments he, Ian Fleming and Jack Wittingham had worked out in addition to the one that eventually became Thunderball/Never Say Never Again. Maybe this will give the Bond people some fresh material to work with?

  8. […] Posted by Sean on November 19th, 2013   Filed under: Action, Industry NewsSource: HMSS […]

  9. […] to The HMSS Weblog, MGM and the Broccoli family have worked out an agreement with the estate and family of the late […]

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