The Battle for Bond
|Publisher||Tomahawk Press Publishers|
|1 July 2007|
|Media type||Print (paperback)|
|Pages||264 pp (first edition)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-9531926-3-6 (Tomahawk press)|
The Battle for Bond (2007), by Robert Sellers, is a cinema history book of how the literary James Bond metamorphosed to the cinema James Bond. The book details the collaboration among film producer Kevin McClory, novelist Ian Fleming, screenwriter Jack Whittingham and others to create the film Thunderball.
After the project's collapse, without his collaborators' permission, Fleming based his Thunderball (1961) novel upon their joint work. In 1963 McClory and Whittingham sued him. The book features unpublished letters, private lawsuit documents and cast-crew interviews; there are also five Thunderball screenplays, two by Fleming, three by Whittingham, and two treatments by Fleming that document the creation and development of this James Bond project.
The Battle for Bond concerns Ian Fleming's plagiarism court case. Kevin McClory won the film rights and chose a single, co-production deal with Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli: Thunderball (1965) that was released at Christmas.
McClory's court victory entitled him to remake Thunderball (1965) as Never Say Never Again (1983), again with Sean Connery as James Bond, the cinematic competition Broccoli had tried to legally ban. With the remake, McClory attempted to continue with his own James Bond film series, but was stopped after legal action by Broccoli and MGM. In a later unsuccessful lawsuit, McClory went further and now claimed that he created the cinematic James Bond, and demanded a share of the three billion dollars earned by the official Eon film series .
- J.C. Maçek III (5 October 2012). "The Non-Bonds: James Bond's Bitter, Decades-Long Battle ... with James Bond". PopMatters.
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