Bond Settlement and the Return of Blofeld

Will Bond 24 mark the return of 007 arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld?

That’s the implication in Friday’s announcement that Danjaq (the producers of the James Bond franchise) and MGM have acquired all of the rights to the iconic superspy owned by the estate and family of the late Kevin McClory, who co-created Thunderball with Bond author Ian Fleming.

Thus ends more than a 50-year legal dispute over Bond rights stemming from Thunderball, which started as a script by Fleming and McClory in 1958 and introduced Blofeld and his nefarious SPECTRE organization to the world of 007. But now they belong to the Bond family and the arch-villain is available to return.

Indeed, Skyfall and Bond 24 screenwriter John Logan has remarked: “Bond should always fight Blofeld.”

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Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Books, James Bond, Movies

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