Post by The Ultimate Nullifier on Nov 15, 2013 18:33:36 GMT -6
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Ernst Stavro Blofeld in a James Bond film. The character was created by Ian Fleming for the novel Thunderball but that was based upon scripts started for an aborted film project. As such, some of the rights to the story and characters fell into the keeping of the abandoned film’s producer, Kevin McClory. This is how we ended up with the off-canon remake, Never Say Never Again.
But here’s a press release from the producers of the Bond series explaining how the full se of rights have now returned to the fold:
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.
I wouldn’t be surprised to now see Blofeld rolled out for a celebratory lap in one of the upcoming Bond movies. Maybe he’ll even be revealed as the figure behind whoever it was behind whoever pulled the stings at Quantum.
Bond 24 is expected to go into production next year for a release in 2015.