Kevin McClory

Bonhams to auction original Thunderball screenplays in December

November 21st, 2013 by

Knightsbridge auction house Bonhams is to run a sale of entertainment memorabilia on December 18th that includes a number of lots related to James Bond. Of particular interest to many collectors will be the original screenplays for Thunderball written by Jack Whittingham, the rights of which Danjaq/MGM has recently obtained from the heirs of Kevin […]

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Thunderball rights go to Danjaq/MGM after 50 year dispute

November 16th, 2013 by

After half a century of legal wrangling and bad blood, it was announced yesterday that the rights to Thunderball, which were in the hands of the relatives of Kevin McClory since his death in 2006, will revert to MGM and Danjaq. The announcement was made in a press release: Los Angeles, CA (November 15, 2013) […]

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‘Warhead’ script to be auctioned at Christie’s tonight

June 26th, 2013 by

A copy of the screenplay for Kevin McClory’s second proposed Thunderball remake (the first was Never Say Never Again) is being auctioned this evening at Christie’s in London. According to MI6 another copy sold in 2008 for £46,850, although the estimate for this one is just £1,000 to £1,500. Unfortunately it is not clear whether […]

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Impact of the Thunderball plagiarism case

April 10th, 2013 by

Just a few days prior to the publication of Thunderball Ian Fleming received the shock news that Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham sought an injunction preventing publication. McClory had read an advance copy of the novel in March 1961 and was infuriated to see that Fleming had based the story on a screenplay written by […]

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