MGM has scored a legal victory with the James Bond franchise, Kevin McLory’s rival seriser has been shutdown indefinetly by the US District Court. The Court has decided that MGM has the sole right to Ian Fleming’s creation.
While talking about the ruling, MGM provided the following statement, “Today’s ruling closes the book on the dispute surrounding the James Bond films triggered by Sony and Mr. McClory. Sony’s settlement agreement last year and the judge’s decision today to dismiss with prejudice McClory’s claim, reaffirm, once and for all, that MGM and Danjaq are the true home of the James Bond movies.”
Yeah, so that’s great for the profits of MGM but what does it really mean for the fans? Well for one no more remakes of Thunderball. But it also means that characters from Thunderball could easily be used by MGM in future Bond movies. Think of characters such as Earnst Stavro Blofeld returning! Bond 20 could get very interesting.