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wild script – Never Say Never Again

Co-author Len Deighton is a respected British spy novelist. The “Harry Palmer” films that Harry Saltman produced in the 1960s, starring Michael Caine, were based on Deighton novels about an unnamed spy.

Deighton was also the first screenwriter on From Russia With Love. He had written 40 pages before the producers decided that it wasn`t going anywhere and signed Richard Maibaum.

See my third point under “Notes” for a list of scenes that suspiciously found their way into subsequent EON Bond films. Coincidence or not?

Warhead
(James Bond Of The Secret Service)

Screenplay by:
Len Deighton
Sean Connery
Kevin McClory

First Draft: November 11, 1976

(c) Branwell Film Productions Ltd 1976
Paradise Film Productions, Ltd

Characters:

James Bond: Bond is referred to as Double-07 (as opposed to 007).

Felix Leiter: CIA agent and Bond`s friend.

Q: Bond seems to question Q`s sexual preference. Page 75: Bond turns and puts an affectionate arm on the shoulders of Q. Bond: “Well done, old fruit.” Page 85, Bond, to Leiter, over shoulder indicating Q: “Say goodbye to Esmeralda, Felix.

Emilio Largo: Pretends to be a philanthropist. Owns Turtle Cay, has a large shark laboratory for cancer research. The locals are afraid to go near it. They call it Shark Island. Plays backgammon.

Maslov: A Spectre scientist; Polish. He defected and was reported missing on an airliner that went down in the Bermuda Triangle in 1948.

Bomba: A gigantic black man; Largo`s henchman. Page 97: “The door is suddenly pulled off its hinges and Bomba, whose presence and attack makes Muhammad Ali look like a fag, enters.”

Fatima Blush: Agent X Three. She`s tall for an Oriental. Page 7: Lovesit: “She`s the new doctor, Dr. Fatima Blush. She`s here to give the men their physicals. She has a Korean mother and a Spanish-Moroccan father. She`s a good swimmer. She nearly got into the Olympics team last year.” Bond: “Representing who – the United Nations? She could easily win a gold medal in the physical Olympics.

Domino: Fatima`s twin sister.

Hellinger: One of the CIA`s top underwater electronics experts; involved with Fatima Blush. He`s a wiry ferret-faced man with a very distinctive scar running down the side of his face.

Giuspeppe Petacchi: He`s undergone plastic surgery and his face has been clinically scarred so that he can impersonate Hellinger. He`s not connected to Domino. She doesn`t even realize that he ever existed.

Effie: Spectre cleaning lady.

Fidelio Sciacca: A Spectre agent. The diver Largo leaves behind.

Justine Lovesit: A Shrublands masseuse. Page 5: Bond: “What`s your name?” Lovesit: “Justine Lovesit.” Bond: “She does?

M: Head of the British Secret Service.

Moneypenny: M`s secretary.

Blofeld: Head of Spectre. Environmentalist (he calls the Earth “Planet Ocean”). Cat fetishist. There`s nothing to suggest that he and Bond have any past history.

Locations:
-The Bermuda Triangle
-Shrublands (Bahamas)
-Azores Islands environs
-Shark Island (Bahamas)
-London
-New York City
-the Atlantic Ocean

Notes:
-Arkos is a white superstructure that rises out of the water (like Stromberg`s Atlantis). Tubular passageways connect Arkos to its components. The huge circular moon pool is on the central floor. This is actually the water of the surrounding ocean held at that level by the pressure inside the chamber. We see the ocean bed beneath. During the action, we glimpse fish, and occasionally the surface is broken by a fin.
-Shrublands is a Bahamas training facility. It`s not a British health clinic.
-The script has many similarities to Bond films made after 1976. Not only SWLM (Arkos; agent X-Three; a gigantic mute henchman; creating a new civilization under the sea; the villain mentions that 70% of the world is covered by ocean; and many others), but also:
MR (the philosophical undertones about creating a new civilization because the modern world is degenerate; the tubular passageways that connect Arkos to its components);
FYEO (getting a device from a sunken ship before any one else can; the underwater scenes; the “michelin man”);
OCT (backgammon; sliding down spiral staircase bannister, the last words are “Oh, James.”);
LD (Bond`s beeper plays Rule Britannia);
LTK (the decompression chamber death; water-skiing stunts);
What might have been the third Dalton Bond film (anthropomorphic creatures);
GE (the villain has a scarred face; a protracted setpiece in the first half where the villains steal weapons; complete mechanical breakdown using an electronic interfering device);
TND (sinking a ship to steal its weapons; finding that weapons have been removed from a sunken ship);
And even Gardner`s Nobody Lives Forever (Shark Island).

The script seems divided into three main sections:
1. 1-80
2. 80-110
3. 110-150

1-4
While on board Arkos, Largo and Maslov use an electronic jamming device to bring down the seaplane carrying the Secretary General of the United Nations into the Bermuda Triangle.

During the titles, Arkos carries the broken seaplane down into the colder, deeper ocean layers, past the graveyards of previous victims of the Bermuda Triangle (airplanes, ships, etc) at the bottom of a vast undersea empire. As the Arkos and its prey reach the bottom the algae floats up revealing fields of stacked gold, diamonds, manganese nodules, etc.

4-9
At the Shrublands school of aquabatics, Justine Lovesit rubs sun oil onto Bond`s body and tells him about Fatima Blush and Hellinger. Bond meets them on the beach.

9-31
Largo and Maslov experiment with a heat-seaking electric shark inside Arkos. Maslov also explains that the surrounding sea water is rich in mineral wealth. A giant magnet and mineral evaporation extractor has retrieved uranium, copper, tin, titanium, silver and gold from the sea. Blofeld hears progress reports from his fifteen Spectre agents and learns that one of them lost money. Blofeld presses a button on his submersible control panel. A glass tube rises from the floor of the chamber around the chair, trapping the agent inside. The top closes and the tube, the chair and the agent descend out of sight through the floor, then the chair comes back empty. The man`s body is next seen floating through the mineral extractor tube. Blofeld explains that Spectre will take possession of the seas and stop all pollution. The fifteen Spectre agents watch via a monitor as Largo sends a diver down in a “michelin man” suit to retrieve the warheads from a sunken Russian ship, but the American recovery vessel arrives ahead of time. Largo leaves the diver behind. The incredible pressure at that depth causes the man`s body to be slowly squeezed up into his helmet. Largo claims that the diver asked to be left behind, and has the Spectre agents stand for a moment of silent reflection and prayer. Actually, the diver had pleaded with Largo not to leave him behind. So much for loyalty.

31-39
Shrublands. Bond and Felix Leiter attend a meeting to discuss the downing of the seaplane carrying the Secretary General of the United Nations. Apparently Blofeld notified the White House that the plane would crash into the Bermuda Triangle, minutes before it actually did. In private, Felix mentions that the Ruskies lost another sub off the Azores and there`s a chance of getting their decoding equipment. The CIA will fly Hellinger out to the recovery vessel the next night. Bond and Leiter meet Hellinger and Fatima Blush. Bond, of course, flirts with her. Hellinger takes Fatima by the arm, gives Bond the brush off, and leaves.

39-48
That night, Fatima and Bomba sneak Petacchi into Shrublands: they cover him in blankets and claim that he has a bad case of the bends and must use the decompression chamber immediately. In private, Petacchi tells Fatima he wants more money. While in bed with Justine Lovesit, an alarm goes off. Bond looks out the window and sees Bomba standing in the shadows near Fatima`s room. He goes to investigate and instead finds Fatima. They go into her room; Bomba and Petacchi stand behind the door. Fatima gets him into the whirlpool. Hellinger overhears them, and being jealous, alters the control so that the whirling gets fiercer. Bomba and Petacchi interrupt Hellinger, who is surprised to see his double. Bomba snaps Hellinger`s neck. Bond and Fatima nearly drown as he struggles to get her out. Pretending to be Hellinger, Petacchi lowers the controls, parts they curtains and reprimands Bond for “fooling with his girl” (sic). Bond drenches him with a hose.

48-53
Next day, Petacchi takes Bond out for hang-gliding practice. Petacchi drives the boat slowly over the shark pens so that Bond`s feet skim the water. Bond barely avoids the snapping sharks and manages to jump onto the pier, then onto the boat and overpower Petacchi. Bond notices Bomba near the shark pens.

53-65
Fatima tells Largo that Petacchi wants more money. Largo replies, I`ll see he gets it.

From inside an old dredger, Largo uses the electronic jamming device to freeze the American recovery vessel. Spectre divers enter the Russian submarine and remove the warheads. Meanwhile, the American recovery vessel`s compass has gone haywire, all navigation and direction instruments have failed, and even the helicopter is inoperative. Once the warheads have been recovered the divers get back into the submarine. The dredger`s underwater hatches open and swallow the submarine.

Largo asks Maslov if the device Petacchi carried on board the American recovery vessel has a self-destruct device. It does. How is it activated? By pushing this button. Like this? Largo pushes the button and the Zodiac boat carrying Petacchi explodes. Too bad for Petacchi.

65-68
Fatima claims to have booked the same flight to London as Bond, but a routine call to the Duty Officer reveals that she lied. She only booked a seat after Bond told her about his travel plans.

68-75
MI6. Bond flirts with Moneypenny, but she chides him about Fatima. In a life-sized model of the mid-Atlantic ridge, M and Q show him just where the Russian submarine sank after it experienced complete electronic breakdown. The recovery team discovered that three warheads were missing. They also found the depressurized body of Fidelio Sciacca, the Spectre diver that Largo left behind. Q explains that a computer terminal watch was safely locked in Sciacca`s right eye socket. The device is more sophisticated than anything the Russians are using, so Bond decides that Spectre is responsible. They watch an intercepted transmission. The picture is too fuzzy for them to see or hear much. Bond calls Q an old fruit and Q mutters something about building Bond an electronic chastity belt. M has overhead. “Permission granted – in your free time.”

75-80
Bond`s house. Effie, pretending to be Bond`s cleaning lady, sticks a bomb under Bond`s bed, rightly figuring that if there`s an “odds on” place to get him, it`s there. Bond enters just as she rushes down the stairs. Bond asks her to get the Fortnums and Mason package from his car and stick it in the fridge. “There`s only one thing worse than no caviar – that`s warm caviar.” Instead, Effie puts an explosive device in Bond`s Aston Martin.

The doorbell rings. It`s Fatima. Effie slinks upstairs to the bedroom, cuts the wires and crawls under the bed to dismantle the bomb. Bond enters carrying Fatima caveman style over his shoulder. He throws her onto the bed – flattening Effie. Bond and Fatima`s sexual callisthenics are revealed on the face of Effie, who is hardly in a position to complain. After sex, Bond confronts Fatima about her lies. She hadn`t booked the flight to London until after he told her his travel plans. The big black man he saw outside her room at Shrublands was the same person he saw around the shark pens. He hears scratching at the skylight window in the bedroom and sees a man climbing down. Bond kicks him in the crotch. The man collapses in the bathtub.

Fatima follows Bond down to the garage. The handle of the garage door starts to turn gently. Just as the door is about to open, Bond yanks on the handle. He drops to one knee and karate stabs the visitor who is propelled into the house. Meanwhile, Fatima goes into the garage. The front door bell rings. Through the peephole, he sees a very British-looking man in a white raincoat. As he does this, Effie slips into the garage. We hear the Aston Martin`s ignition, then the garage explodes. Fatima and Effie are dead.

The white-coated man is M`s emissary. So were the two men Bond attacked. Q has made a breakthrough on the computer watch. With perfect clarity and picture, Bond et al watch the transmission again: Largo instructs Effie to kill Bond and Fatima. Bond recognizes Largo; the two men will be playing each other in the Nassau backgammon finals.

80-84
Bond and Q fly to Shrublands on a twin-engine propellered plane. All throughout the flight, Q explains the gadgets he`ll be giving Bond. Bond keeps nodding off as Q drones on. Bond barely has time to check into Shrublands and chat Justine Lovesit up, when he`s called into the Operations Room. M (who took a Concorde over) explains that Spectre contacted the President of the United States and claimed responsibility for the Bermuda Triangle. Spectre also has the Russian submarine`s three nuclear warheads and threatens to atomize one of the world`s largest cities, and even destroy the world, if their demands are not met.

84-104
Bond and Felix use jet packs to presumably “fly” to Shark Island at an extraordinary rate, narrowly avoiding a shark on the way over. Bond sneaks inside Largo`s bungalow and sees who he thinks is Fatima – but it can`t be, she`s dead. It`s Fatima`s twin sister Domino. She hates Largo, so she`ll help Bond. She gives him a manganese nodule that Largo claims he found scuba diving.

Meanwhile, Largo has arrived at the Casino for the backgammon competition. Largo is declared the winner when Bond doesn`t show.

Bond and Felix slink into Maslov`s laboratory and find the mechanical sharks. Largo arrives in time to capture both and put them in a decompression chamber. Their breathing becomes more laboured and Felix`s watch implodes as the pressure increases. In private, Largo and Maslov discuss the Spectre operation. The mechanical hammerhead shark will carry the warhead, while the tiger sharks will act as escorts. Not having heard from Bond or Leiter in 24 hours, M sends troops to Shark Island. On board Arkos, Largo discovers the homing device that Bond gave Domino. He ties her to a diving board and intends to use her for shark bait, but Maslov intervenes and saves her.

104-110
Shark Island. The troops arrive. Q discovers the secret cliff-face entrance and together they rescue Bond and Leiter. Apparently Domino tied her scarf around the controls to prevent the chamber from decompressing any further. They also find the dredger Largo used to steal the warheads. Once on board, they hear Blofeld`s taped message. Either they comply with his demands or he`ll destroy a major city then explode two nuclear warheads under the Antarctic ice cap to flood Planet Ocean (Blofeld`s name for the Earth).

Back at Shrublands, Q explains that they found an unusually high outer coating of bacteria on the manganese nodule generally associated with faecal matter emanating from at least eighteen million people (M had been examining the nodule and hastily puts it down). This combined with the direction of the homer, means only one thing: New York City.

110-150
New York City. Riots and looting have begun. Fifth Avenue has been cleared. Plans for the evacuation of Manhattan and adjoining areas are nearly complete. The police have commandeered all privately owned buses and trucks. All the buildings have been searched, but not underground pipes or sewers. Bond asks the Colonel of the Aquatactical Unit to have troops inspect them.

Spectre has commandeered the Statue of Liberty. Maslov works on the hammerhead shark in a small underwater chamber at the bottom of the statue. The warhead is armed. The hammerhead shark is lowered into the water. The tiger sharks keep guard and escort the hammerhead through the sewer system.

Bond and Leiter watch the latest news reports of riots and looting. The President will go on TV at ten o`clock. A newsflash interrupts regular programming to announce that the Mayor of New York appeals for calm. There are traffic jams on all roads to the airport. There have been reports of shark sightings in New York Harbour. Reports are coming in of a possible shark attack in New York Harbour. Bond realizes the troops are inside the sewers. “Get them out of there!” It`s too late. They watch as the sewer spews out mutilated limbs and tissue. The water turns reddish brown. Strips of flesh and equipment float out including pieces of Q`s thermal suits. The Chief of Police says, “What a nightmare – we sent those men to die.” Shaken, Bond says, “You didn`t. I did.” A shark`s fin is seen as pieces of torn bodies float away amid toilet paper and sewage.

Bond remembers that the sharks were seen coming from the direction of Ellis Island. He also remembers Blofeld`s words: “Liberty is our Symbol!” It`s the Statue of Liberty.

Spectre has sealed all the access manholes in Manhattan and put robot sharks on guard at the sewer outlets, so the men have to drill through the subway wall to get into the sewer system. The Chief of Police thinks Bond should take a gun. Wryly, as he steps through the hole, Bond replies, “A screwdriver is all I need, Chief. I think I know what I`m looking for.” With a wave he disappears, lighting his way with a torch. As a safety precaution, the Chief sends three men in as back up. The last of the men climbs in: it`s Bomba.

The hammerhead shark slows as it approaches the sewer exit. It moves through the sewer entrance amid sewage and paper. Largo and his men watch the shark`s progress on a large illuminated map. It emits a moving intermittent red light.

As Bond goes under the sewage water, a heat-seaking mechanical tiger shark senses his presence and trails him. Bomba stands on a walkway by the side of the murky water. The two Sewer Men lie crumped at his feet. Bomba goes after Bond.

Bond sees the flesh of the shark`s fin just before it attacks. The shark`s red eyes pass close to Bond`s face as the jaws miss his arm by inches, but tear his aqua suit. Bond seizes the metal rungs of a wall ladder built into the concrete. The shark snaps at Bond`s feet. Bond moves up the metal rungs. He feels a sharp pain in his wrist and looks up. As he receives a karate chop, Bond just has time to see the impassive face of Bomba as he falls back into the junction with the shark.

The length of the shark makes it difficult for it to bend its body enough to get its head to he middle of the concrete box. But as the shark lunges close, Bond grabs the metal fin. The shark bucks and speeds away into the narrow sewer, dragging Bond along at great speed. He is smashed against the sides of the sewer and part of his equipment is torn off. All the time Bond has the screwdriver and tries inserting it into the shark. The shark slows at a bend in the sewer. Bond grabs a steam valve. There is a great roar of steam and the shark goes mad trying to get to the valve. Attracted by the heat, its jaws keep snapping at the steam. Now Bond can get the screwdriver into the inspection panel. His hands go into the shark`s belly and he rips out entrails of wiring and transistors. The shark`s eyes flicker and go dark. Finally, it sinks – belly up – like a dead fish.

Bond climbs out onto walkway next to the eerily lit sewer. Two sewers run parallel to each other with a narrow walk in between. Bond takes out the geiger counter attached to a lanyard around his neck. There is an immediate response – the indicator points to the far sewer. Bond looks and sees the hammerhead shark, just discernible as it slowly cruises along, its lights illuminating the sides of the sewer. Bond doesn`t see Bomba creeping up on him in the darkness. Suddenly from above there is the wail of sirens. Bond looks round and manages to throw himself sideways to avoid a murderous kick from Bomba. With amazing speed, Bomba catches Bond with a right hook. Bond is catapulted back against the slimy wall. Traffic and sirens can be heard from above while Bomba throws Bond against the rounded walls of the sewer. Bond pulls himself up the rusty iron rungs on the wall as Bomba comes towards him he looks up. The steam pipe crosses over the parallel sewers.

With superhuman effort Bond leaps out from the ladder, avoiding Bomba, and catches hold of the overhead pipe. For a moment he dangles over the murky water of the sewer. Then he crosses hand over hand. A tiger shark swims along a narrow sewer passage. Bomba reaches up and grasping the pipe pulls his great weight onto pipe. Holding with one hand he reaches out and grasps Bond`s neck. Bomba is unable to snap Bond`s neck due to lack of leverage – Bond`s neck muscles strain as he tries to resists the enormous pressure of Bomba`s grip.

Suddenly the pipe is pulled from its bracket – Bomba releases his hold on Bond – Bond throws himself to the walkway between the parallel sewers. The tiger shark cruises beneath Bomba. The pipe starts to bed under the enormous weight – as his body is lowered towards the water the sharks swim to the surface directly beneath him. We hear the metallic buzz. Bomba draws himself up. The seat glistens on his skin, but his weight causes the pipe to bend more. His body touches the water – there is a flurry of dirty suds as a rush from the shark opens up a line down Bomba`s back. The blood stains the already brown water. Suddenly another shark attacks from the side. Bomba, only his arms, head and shoulders now above water, screams as the flesh is stripped from the lower part of his body. Bond unable to hold on to the hot steam pipe any longer, falls on the hammerhead. He quickly inserts his screwdriver into the side panel.

Largo and Maslov stand by the large illuminated map. The intermittent red light is no longer visible. As they watch, the screen clears and we see Bond`s face close on the TV screen. Largo orders Maslov to activate the time mechanism. Bond pulls the shark out of the water and leans over it as a red illuminated panel lights up the words: WARHEAD ACTIVATED. It starts ticking. Bond feverishly tries to defuse the warhead without detonating it. A hand reaches from behind him and deftly switches off the mechanism. Bond wheels around and sees Q, wearing a sewerman`s helmet and a boiler suit.

Air raid sirens continue; traffic moves in one direction on Fifth Avenue. The newscasters on all channels appeal for calm and give instructions as to the evacuation. Individual shots on TV screens show pandemonium.

Twelve heavily-armed members of the Aquatactical Unit quietly storm the Statue of Liberty. Helicopters spew coloured smoke to cloak the assault helicopters.

Bond can hear the roar of helicopters over the sound of traffic from inside the sewer, but can`t get out. Several sharks patrol the sewer exits.

With Leiter at the helm of a speed boat, Bond water-skis past the sharks out into the harbour. His kite turns into a helium balloon, lifting him into the air. Bond lands on the Statue of Liberty, knocking Largo over. Largo slides down the spiral staircase in the statue`s arm. Inside the head of statue, a marine makes a hole in the eye big enough to climb through. Largo, inside, grapples with him. They fight – Largo stabs the Marine with stiletto. Blood trickles down the cheek of the Statue of Liberty like a tear. Largo, pushing the Marine`s body aside, seizes one of the grapnel wires hooked into corner of eye and climbs out.

The Arkos rises out of the sea. Largo slides down a rope to land on the upper deck of Arkos. Bond follows, but the rope is cut, and he lands in the sea. He grabs the upper rail of the Arkos and submerges with her. Largo orders Maslov to arm the warheads. Bond clings onto the Arkos, unable to get through the fish-stopping grid. Maslov unties Domino, but before he can leave, Largo enters. He sees Maslov`s reflection in the glass. Bond swims up through the moon pool. A Spectre Agent kills Maslov. Largo kills the Spectre Agent responsible because he needed Maslov alive. Bond sneaks up behind Largo, knife poised. An Engineer enters and sees Bond and shouts. Largo turns and grapples with Bond. A shot goes wild and smashes a glass tube – water pours in.

The Arkos speeds perilously close to small underwater mounds and hillocks along the Hudson Canyons. The upper railing of Arkos hits a cliff-face. The Arkos lurches. Domino is thrown backwards on to the control panel – the automatic pilot light goes out. Her hand knocks down several switches – warning lights flash – bells ring, the wheel spins around. A glass tube rises swiftly around Largo. The tube and Largo descend into the ocean. Largo claws at the glass.

The Arkos increases speed and heads towards a narrow underwater canyon. Water spurts through the broken overhead pipe and splashes over the side of the moon pool. The gold extraction laboratory door bursts open and gold dust fills the whole area. Bond and Domino can barely be seen as they run downstairs through the golden air. They get into Largo`s submarine. The locking devices release the submarine and it slowly sinks through the water. The Arkos collides first with one underwater mountain peak then another, then splits open. Alone at last, Bond asks Domino if she`s ever been gold plated before. She snuggles up to him and says, “Oh, James.” Bond looks up at their reflection in the ceiling mirror and winks. The submarine recedes until it`s a tiny dot in the distance. We hear the strains of Rule Britannia. The End.

Warhead: Trial Pushed Off

The trial date for one-time James Bond movie producer Kevin McClory`s lawsuit against MGM over his rights to the 007 franchise has been pushed back from Nov. 9 until sometime next year.

The trial was set to start the day after the world premiere of the new Bond adventure, “The World Is Not Enough,” and just 10 days before the national release of the film on Nov. 19. The original suit had McClory allied with Sony two years ago, just as MGM was opening the last 007 movie, “Tomorrow Never Dies.” Sony settled with MGM earlier this year but octogenarian McClory is continuing with his part.

MGM has been successful in getting the trial moved back from the unfortunate timing of the morning after Monday’s world premiere of the “The World Is Not Enough.” The new trial date for the lawsuit brought by “Thunderball” producer Kevin McClory has been moved to Feb. 22.

McClory’s attorney Tom Girardi said Tuesday he is pleased with the delay because by that time “The World Is Not Enough” should be yet another successful installment in the Bond franchise. McClory claims that he is entitled to certain rights and profits relating to the entire 37-year-old Bond movie franchise because he collaborated with 007 author-creator Ian Fleming in translating Bond from books to cinema.

Girardi said he was also pleased by the court’s decision not to hold a separate trial on the issue of whether McClory waited too long to sue, regardless of whether there is merit to McClory’s claim. “The World Is Not Enough” opens in theaters Nov. 19. A settlement of McClory’s original suit against Fleming in 1963 resulted in McClory getting rights to “Thunderball,” which was remade as “Never Say Never Again” in 1983 with original 007 Sean Connery after another court battle. That film was distributed by Warner Bros. A pretrial hearing in the pending lawsuit has been set for Feb. 14.

The plaintiffs of this case, which include Eighteen Leasing, Seventeen Leasing, United Artists Pict, United Artists Corp, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Danjaq LLC appealed last Wednesday for a continuance in the trial which Judge Rafeedie has now granted.

Warhead: Ties Don’t Bond

Kevin McClory came to the end of the road March 31, when a federal judge dismissed his claim to a share of profits from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer`s $1 billion James Bond franchise.

McClory was a no-show – apparently U.S. visa problems kept him on the Isle of Man – but U.S. District Court Judge Edward Rafeedie ruled that McClory had delayed too long in bringing his suit alleging that he is the co-creator with Ian Fleming of the cinematic Bond.

Rafeedie then dismissed the case on the ground of laches – a legal term for excessive delay – without proceeding to a jury trial on McClory`s copyright claims.

MGM attorney Pierce O`Donnell said the ruling was “a total vindication” for the studio. McClory`s attorneys declined comment.

Briefly outlining the 40-year history of Bond litigation, Rafeedie pointed out that there have been at least three major lawsuits involving McClory and the Bond rights, but that it was not until 1997 that McClory alleged he was the co-owner of the Bond character.

In 1997, Sony announced it had purchased McClory`s Bond rights and would use them as the basis for a competing Bond franchise. MGM promptly sued, and that phase of the case ended in March 1999 with a settlement that put Sony out of the Bond business. But McClory vowed to press on, and the current trial is the tail end of MGM`s suit against Sony.

Rafeedie found last week that McClory had delayed at least 36 years in bringing his claim of Bond ownership despite numerous opportunities to do so.

Rafeedie also found that MGM and the other defendants had been”prejudiced” (damaged) by the delay because virtually all the witnesses who could “potentially help untangle McClory`s web of allegations and intrigue are long dead.”

The lengthy list included Fleming himself; Richard Maibaum, the original Bond scriptwriter; and producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. Rafeedie also noted the severe economic prejudice to MGM and the producer if McClory were now allowed to claim profits. He also found that there was no willful copyright infringement that would overcome a defense of laches.

Is this really the end of the James Bond sideshow?

Although Rafeedie`s ruling seems conclusive, as the expression goes, “Never Say Never Again.”

Warhead 2002 Plot Synopsis

Who`s in it: No stars are firmly attached, though McClory, in interviews has stated Connery is interested in playing the villian. He`s also expressed an interest in getting Timothy Dalton to play Bond. Thanks to `Peril` and `fotball` for their help.

Who`s directing it: No director has been announced.

Who`s producing: Kevin McClory

Who`s writing it: Presumably Kevin McClory, but expect others to do rewrite duties.

Who`s scoring it: Possible names include John Barry, but that`s very doubtful. The Bond theme is the property of EON and MGM/UA. Barry is unlikely to ever score a Bond picture again if he doesn`t have access to that material.

When will it be released: Never.

Locations covered: Ireland, New York and Australia.

The Path to Warhead 2001 A.D

The James Bond 007 franchise has been the most sucessful movie series of all time, in part because the legal rights have been owned by the same studio and the same family over the years. So how is it that Never Say Never Again and the proposed Warhead 2001 A.D have managed to be made or considered outside the scope of the Broccoli family (the owners of the films rights) or MGM/UA (the studio with distribution rights)?

1959-1965 Back in the late 1950`s, Bond author Ian Fleming began collaborating with screenwriter Kevin McClory. McClory had convinced Fleming, who at the time was trying to adapt his novels into working screenplays, that perhaps the first Bond film should not be based upon one of Fleming`s novels, but instead should be based on a wholly original script. Fleming agreed, and in time they were joined by Jack Whittingham. Several versions of “78 Longtitude West”, which would eventually become the basis of the novelThunderball were developed. The original financing for the film that McClory had hoped for fell through, and this seemed to precipitate the dissolution of the scriptwriting team.

Fleming retreated to Jamaica where he innocently (or not depending upon whose telling the story) took many of the ideas from the discarded “78 Longtitude West” scripts and turned them into his latest novel titled Thunderball. The name Thunderball was based on an old NATO term for stolen nuclear bombs.

Kevin McClory got a copy of Fleming`s work within weeks of it going to press in 1961, and of course was furious. Many of his ideas and collaborations ended up in a novel that he got no credit for. He sought an injuction against the book, but it was too late. So he sued, and ended up settling the case before it went to trial. Included in this judgement were the film (and T.V rights that are in dispute) to Thunderball. But it took nearly 3 years to resolve the suit and by that time Bond was big in both literature and on the screen. McClory shopped his rights around to other studios, but no one wanted to challenge the MGM/UA team, nor it`s ever increasingly popular star, Sean Connery.

McClory finally approached Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, then co-producers of the series, and discussed selling the film rights to Thunderball to them. McClory sold his rights to Thunderball for 20% of the film`s profit, a producer`s credit, and the option to remake Thunderball 10 years after it`s inital release date. Because Thunderball was so huge at the box office (adjusted for inflation, it made the same amount of money as Jurassic Park) McClory became rich and he got to work with top star Sean Connery. He was happy. And both Broccoli and Saltzman were happy, because it seemed like the legal issues were resolved, and neither one imagined that Bond would still be alive and kicking 10 years later. They assumed, wrongly, that Bond mania would have run it`s course by then.

1975- 1983 After the ten year period was up, McClory did begin trying to exercise his option to remake Thunderball. Why is up for debate. Money? Probably. But other things had happened that may have convinced him to strike now while he still could. Obviously he had to wait the ten year period out, but 1974-75 brought changes to the real Bond series that McClory may have felt comfortable trying to exploit. After the failure of The Man With The Golden Gun at the box office, it looked like the 007 series was losing it`s steam and it`s audience. Harry Saltzman sold his half of the series to Albert Broccoli. Broccoli was determined to show that Bond was still viable, and he didn`t need another Bond project interfering and competing with what would eventually become Bond`s comeback.

Broccoli began fighting McClory in court, trying to stop him from producing his version of a Bond film. It was a losing battle. No one could honestly dispute that McClory had the legal right to do Bond, so the best thing Broccoli could hope for was to keep McClory honest. That was a job in itself. Original versions of McClory`s script entitled “James Bond of Her Majestey`s Secret Service” and it`s alternate title “Warhead” strayed too far from the Thunderball premise. Elements in the script included robotic sharks swimming through the sewers of underground Manhattan, and a spectacular climactic fight on top of the Statue of Liberty.

Between 1976 and 1981 McClory shopped his rights around, but to no avail. With the enormous success of both The Spy Who Love Me and Moonraker, no other studio wanted to touch the legal issues nor fight against a proven, revitalized, and rejuvinated box office winner. That is until McClory convinced Sean Connery to return.

Up to this point, Connery had been standoff-ish about returning as Bond. But McClory gave Connery script duties, as well as producers credit on the film. With job duties involving more than simply starring, Connery`s interest was peaked and soon the ball got rolling on what would become Never Say Never Again.

1983 to the present Never Say Never Again hit U.S. theaters in 1983 and was a moderate success. Octopussy, on the other hand, came out several months beforehand and was an unqualified smash. Still, the news was that Connery was back, and no one seemed to mind the decidedly lackluster results in `Never`. The film did well enough in America and overseas to get McClory talking about about making more films. But that`s all it`s been. Just talk.

For all of McClory`s latest manueverings and deep pocket backing (Sony), his strategy seems to be the same as it always has been; to essentially push the envelope and test EON`s resolve to protect it`s assests. The feud goes back as long as many Bond fans have been around, and after you read McClory`s press release from July 20th, 1989, you`ll understand that there is bitter hatred between the two camps, personal egos in play, and a war in progress.

Though the war traces it`s roots back to the late 1950`s, we`re dipping into the archives of the mid-1980`s onward with articles and advertisements from both sides that show nothing McClory is trying now is really anything new. Starting with the February 15th, 1984 issue of Variety, McClory set off a new round of acrimony by announcing the following:

Paradise Film Productions III
anounces a
series of
James Bond
Productions
Commencing
with
“S.P.E.C.T.R.E”
(Special Executive for Counter Intelligence, Terrorism and Extortion)

An important announcement
will be made shortly.

Overseas Enqueries:

Kevin McClory

(Producers, Thunderball, Executive Producer “Never Say Never Again”)

Apparently, flush with pride from the fairly successful Never Say Never Again, McClory decided to try and “license or sell certain James Bond properties including “SPECTRE”. In the Wednesday, May 9th edition of Variety, McClory took out another full page ad, this time proclaiming:

Paradise Film Productions III
Have Acquired The Right
To License or Sell Certain
James Bond
Properties
Including
“SPECTRE”
Special Executive For Counter Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion

Bids Will Be Considered Shortly
Nothing much happened on the McClory front until February of 1988. This time McClory took out another Variety ad dated February 10th, 1988 and stated the following:

The Organization
S.P.E.C.T.R.E
With It`s Chairman
Ernst Stavros Blofeld
Unique
to the JAMES BOND novel
“THUNDERBALL”
(Published in 1961)
“THUNDERBALL” was based on “Film Scripts” written
by
Kevin McClory
Jack Whittingham
& Ian Fleming
Prior to June 4th 1960

NOTE: The Organization SPECTRE was used as Bond`s adversaries in several of the James Bond films which were based on novels in which the Organization SPECTRE did not exist; including the first two films in the series, DR. NO [1962], FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE [1963]

THE SPECTRE CORPORATION HAS ACQUIRED THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO OFFER LICENSES TO MAKE
JAMES BOND
VS.
S.P.E.C.T.R.E
ANIMATED FILMS

United Artists immediately followed that announcement up with one of their own: a warning What follows is a Spring and Summer full of ads placed in Variety, with each side touting that they have the rights the other side is claiming to possess. To view a copy of United Artists own counterclaim in Variety, click here for Warning Page One and here for Warning Page Two.

The following month of April found McClory returning fire against United Artists, calling them “Economical With The Truth!”. To read his ad in Varitey, click here for “Economical With The Truth Part One” and here for Part Two

But that wasn`t the end of it. During that Spring and Summer, McClory would issue three more warnings all saying pretty much the same thing. On August 3rd, 1988 he issued a new ad in Variety: “PIRACY” which will be displayed in the future. In the ad he warns UA, Danjaq and Broccoli they have no right to Blofeld or SPECTRE. He also reasserted his desire to create an animated Bond film. That led to nothing on his part because EON was able to squash the whole plan of McClory`s. It did lead to James Bond Jr though, an 60+ episode that featured James Bond`s nephew. The cartoon was meant as more of a counter point to McClory`s project than anything else, and helped to diminish the value of any future McClory animated projects.

With his planned projects alternatively titled SPECTRE vs. JAMES BOND, and WARHEAD 8 dead in the water, and angry over “The New Official James Bond Book” released in 1989 that seemed to ignore Kevin, McClory released a lengthy press report stating his side of the facts In it he describes, and possibly exaggerates ???? his contribution to the Bond series. At one point he refers to himself and Jack Whittingham thusly : “McClory and Whittingham were originators, not interlopers”. He also alludes to being at the “Conception of the Literary Evolution of the James Bond films”.

Click here for Press Release Page One, Page Two, Page Three, Page Four, Page Five, Page Six, and Page Seven. It would appear Kevin McClory has made more of his contribution to the legacy of James Bond than his contribution merits. The language in the press release issued nearly 9 years ago is very similar to the language used today. Same tactics. Same strategy. Same angles. It seems like the only ones who are getting rich off this feud are the lawyers and Variety.

But will Warhead 2001 A.D. really happen? Should it even be allowed to happen? Please read our commentary, pro and con, and decide for yourself.

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Monaco

Monaco is often described as the jewel of the Cote d`Azur. As one of the smallest countries in the world, it is in the heart of the Riviera at just over 13 square miles in diameter. Monaco was designed with the rich and famous in mind, and it`s easy to see why James Bond frequented this beautiful area of land in both film and book.

Monte Carlo is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and has something for everyone. Whether you want to sunbathe, swim, golf, shop, or go to the opera, Monte Carlo can accommodate you.

While in Monte Carlo, spy out the royal palace of the Grimaldi`s on the Place du Palais. Or if you are in to sports, check out the Monte Carlo Golf Club. The course, at 2600 ft. above sea level, is short but challenging. From it`s tenth and thirteenth holes players can gaze at the beauty of the Mediterranean, the Alps, distant Italian towns and even St. Tropez. The adjoining Monte Carlo Country Club offers superb tennis facilities. From September through December, the Monte Carlo Symphony offers Sunday concerts in the auditorium of the Convention Centre. The best troupers from around the world are invited to perform in the International Circus Festival in December. The arrival of spring is celebrated with the Bal de Rose, whit one hundred violinists playing in a ball room decorated with 12,000 roses, where, it is said, champagne flows like water.

The Casino de Monte Carlo

Monaco boasts of having the largest and the most famous gambling establishment in the world-the Casino de Monte Carlo. Since it first opened it`s doors in 1863, the Casino has welcomed statesmen, royalty, international celebrities and her majesty`s most sophisticated secret agent, James Bond 007.

The Casino and its neighboring counterpart, the Hotel de Paris, are both owned and operated by the Societe des Bains de Mer (Society of Sea Bathers). In 1863, one of it`s members, Francois Blanc was asked to take over the financially troubled casino. Blanc is credited with turning the “Rock” as Monte Carlo was known in those days, into the fashionable and sumptuous resort visitors enjoy today.

Today, the S.B.M is a privately-owned company, regulated by the government. The taxes paid by the SBM go towards public works and supporting the principality.

In Monte Carlo, as anywhere where gambling is a major industry, superstition and legends flourish. The most interesting of these stories concern people who have “broke the bank”. One could never break the Casino itself, but, in the old days, each roulette table was assigned a fixed reserve of money. If a player won a table`s entire reserve, the “bank” at that table was considered broken and the table was covered with a symbolic mourning cloth until the bank was replenished.

In the summer of 1891, an Englishman named Charles Wells broke the bank not once but several times. In three days he turned 10,000 gold francs into a million. When he returned to England he found he was a national hero. Wells later returned to the Casino in November of that year and started winning all over again. The Casino management naturally wanted to make sure that Wells was not cheating and hired private detectives to watch Wells and the Casino staff for any signs of collusion. They found nothing. Unfortunately Wells squandered his forunte and tried his hand again the next year. But his streak of luck had ended, and he died in poverty and disgrace. No one has ever figured out the number combination that was the source of Well`s initial good fortune. There have been a number of theories: a coat check number, a room or restaurant table number, a specific date or a child`s age.

The American Room

In April 1979, the American Room opened in the Casino. Since that time it has been welcoming visitors from North American with comparable style gambling and an English speaking staff. (The staff members are sent to an intensive training course in Las Vegas) An ornate skylight allows daylight to filter into the room and the eight chandeliers of Bohemian crystal (each weighing over 300 pounds) provide nighttime illumination.

Gambling in the American Room is played with American rules. For example, the American roulette wheel displays both a double zero and a single zero. Each player is given different colored chips and players fix the value of the chip themselves. Minimum and maximum bets on other games are 25 and 2500 francs for blackjack and craps. In addition to the 4 roulette wheels, the room also features 12 blackjack tables, 3 crap tables, a baccarra table and 150 slot machines. The American Room is open daily (except the evening of May 1st which is Labor Day in France). The slot machines can be played from 10 am to 4 am. You must be 21 and over to gamble.

The European Rooms

For spies who prefer a more traditional form of European elegance, the Casino offers the European Rooms. The Salles Touzet (named after the rooms designer) and the Salon Prive (also called the Salle Medecin after its renovator) are open daily. The Salon Super-Prive is a small, ultra-exclusive room that is available only by appointment.

The Touzet rooms were built in 1889 and share three arches. The most striking feature of these rooms are the stained glass windows which portray the most famous society women of the late 19th century. The paintings that hang upon the walls of the Touzet are called “Folly” and “Fortune”. The Salles Touzet is open from 10 am until 4 am. It contains four European roulette tables, a trente-et-quarante table, and a punto banco/baccara table.

The Salle Blanche (White Room) is reserved for overflow crowds from the American Room. It is sometimes used as a salle prive for high-stakes games where the participants desire quiet and privacy. The Salon Prive (Private Room) was decorated in gold and silver in “Empire” style by Francois Medecin in 1909. A formal dining room connects with the Salon Prive, which is open from 3pm to 4 am. The Salon Super Prive is an exclusive room that has the rich look of natural leather and mahagony. It contains a single baccara table with a double layout. The Salle Prive offers five European roulette tables, two trent-et-quarante, five baccara/chemin de fer tables, and one banque a tout ba table. The dress code is formal (the American Room is casual) and the games are European versions (roulette does not have the double zero and the chips are all the same color). There are no slot machines the the European rooms.

Monaco Grand Prix

There are two major car races each year in Monaco: the Monte Carlo car rally in January and the Grand Prix in May.For over 50 years the Monaco Grand Prix has been regarded as the most prestigious motor race in the world. With the Principality of Monaco as the backdrop it is no surprise. The seductiveness of Monte-Carlo during the Grand Prix of Monaco week is like no other. Monaco is where the high rollers come to experience motor racing. http://www.f1-monaco.com/

The Grimaldi family has ruled Monaco for over 700 years, ever since Francois Grimaldi delivered her from the Genoese. Seven centuries ago, Francois Grimaldi, disguised as a monk, gained admittance to their castle. Once inside, he drew his sword and opened the gates, letting in Monegasque soldiers who seized the castle and freed Monaco.

The population of the Principality consists of 29,972 people , 5,070 of whom are Monégasques, 12,047 French and 5,000 Italian

The Principality is divided into five areas :

1) Monaco-Ville on the Rock, the old fortified town, with the Prince`s Palace, the ramparts, the gardens, the Cathedral and the Oceanographic Museum

2) The Condamine, the harbor area

3) Monte Carlo, created in 1866, in the reign of Prince Charles III who gave it its name, with its internationally famous Casino, its great hotels and leisure facilities, some created recently : Larvotto beach, the Monte Carlo Sporting Club, the Boulingrins Gardens

4) Fontvieille, a great technical achievement with the filling-in with rock of 40 meters of water to produce a platform of 22 hectares supporting an urban, tourist and sports complex adjoining a yachting harbor and a pollution-free industrial zone

5) Moneghetti, the Révoires and the Exotic Gardens (on the western border with Cap d`Ail)

GETTING THERE

By air :
The Nice – Côte d`Azur International Airport is located 22 kilometers away from Monaco. Helicopter and bus services, taxis and hire cars provide permanent links between the airport and the Principality.

By helicopter (scheduled services or on request), the duration of the flight is 7 minutes.

By train :
The Monaco-Monte Carlo (SNCF) railway station is a stop for many international trains. The railway is a rapid means of communication between the Principality and all the localities of the Côte d`Azur from Cannes to Menton. By road :
The A8 motorway, which connects with the whole of European motorway system, serves the Principality by means of easy access roads (an exit A8 – RN7 coming from Nice, la Turbie going to or coming from Nice, Roquebrune going to or coming from Italy).

By sea :
The two harbors of the Principality, the Condamine (Hercule harbor) and Fontvieille, are equipped to handle yachts of all tonnages while intercontinental liners are able to anchor in the bay of Monaco.

Daytrips from Monte Carlo:
Roquebrune village : mediaeval castle, 6 km
La Turbie : Tower of Augustus, 8 km
Eze village : the Eagle`s Nest of the Côte d`Azur, 9 km
Menton : the Cocteau Museum, 10 km
Beaulieu : the Greek villa Kerylos, 11 km
Villefranche sur Mer : Jean Cocteau Chapel and Citadel, 11 km
Saint Jean Cap Ferrat : Ile de France Museum, 12 km
Saint Paul de Vence : the Maeght Foundation, 38 km
Antibes : Picasso Museum, 40 km
Vence : Matisse Chapel, 42 km
Biot : Fernand Léger Museum, 42 km.

–Some information provided by Thrilling Locations (Victory Games) and by Monte Carlo Online