Kevin McClory
Actor, writer, producer
Kevin McClory
Kevin O'Donovan McClory was an Irish screenwriter, producer, and director. McClory was best known for adapting Ian Fleming's James Bond character for the screen, for producing Thunderball, and for his legal battles with Fleming.
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Zaki's Review: <i>Spectre</i>
Huffington Post - over 1 year
At the close of 2012's Skyfall, the big fiftieth anniversary installment of the James Bond film series, we'd come to the natural conclusion of a de facto "Becoming Bond" trilogy for current 007 Daniel Craig. Beginning with the 2006 reboot Casino Royale, and continuing through 2008's Quantum of Solace, we'd seen Bond's first mission, his first true love, his first betrayal, and learned of the childhood trauma that shaped him into the international man of mystery that we all know and love. With a newly-introduced, newly-youthified Q (Ben Whishaw), a brand-new Miss Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and Ralph Fiennes as a freshly-installed M to give Bond his marching orders, it sure looked like the pump was primed for the kind of traditional heightened reality 007 escapades that audiences had been thrilling to right up to the beginning of Craig's tenure. But not quite. With Spectre, number 24 in the infinitely enduring franchise (and at 150 minutes this one really is an exercise in infinite en ...
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James Bond Settlement Sparks Blofeld Return Rumors
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Could Blofeld be back? The archvillain from the James Bond films — who's often seen stroking a white cat — might be making a return to the big screen following a settlement announced Friday between studio MGM, production company Danjaq and the estate of Kevin McClory. McClory was a co-writer of the 1965 movie "Thunderball" with Bond book writer Ian Fleming but was embroiled in a legal dispute over the movie rights for over 50 years. On Friday, the three parties announced that Danjaq and MGM had acquired all of the rights and interests relating to James Bond from the McClory estate and family. Terms weren't disclosed. The McClory family's law firm said McClory created the iconic character, Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the global terrorist organization he headed, SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), which were not part of the original novels. William Kane, a lawyer who represented the McClory estate, said in a sta ...
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James Bond Retrospective: For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - almost 5 years
To mark the 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and with filming almost complete on James Bond’s 23rd official outing in Skyfall due for release later this year, I have been tasked with taking a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history. Following on from Bond’s previous mission into outer space for Moonraker, which although it was a huge success at the box office provided some of the worst excesses of the series so far preferring a more humorous approach over the serious spy thrills of the early days in the character’s long history. The film had also proved to be a costly exercise requiring co-financing from the French wing of United Artists to cover the budget. Series producer Albert R. Broccoli wisely decided there was only one direction to take for the next film For Your Eyes Only and that was a more stripped back, basic approach returnin ...
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Bond vs Bourne - Hindustan Times
Google News - over 5 years
The movies kept these elements but also relied on Spectre, a secret organisation that wanted to rule the world, which was probably created not by Fleming but by Kevin McClory, who collaborated with Fleming on the screenplay that became Thunderball
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SCENE STEALER; The Murky Side of Movie Rights
NYTimes - over 8 years
HOW could this happen? The question springs to mind as 20th Century Fox claims it has the rights to the graphic novel on which Warner Brothers is basing ''Watchmen,'' its giant superhero movie. Peer deeper into the murk of Hollywood's business practices, though, and the question becomes: How could it not? The film industry was buzzing last week
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THE MEDIA BUSINESS: ADVERTISING; Sony Pictures, in an accord with MGM, drops its plan to produce new James Bond movies.
NYTimes - almost 18 years
IF it was a movie, it might have been called ''The Spy Who Got Knocked Cold.'' But it is reality, and Sony Pictures Entertainment suffered a defeat yesterday in a longstanding legal dispute with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. MGM, a unit of the P &amp; F Acquisition Corporation, announced a settlement under which Sony Pictures dropped its plan to produce new
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It Turns Out That James Bond Isn't Working for MI-6 After All
NYTimes - almost 19 years
We all know Bond, James Bond, but it seems what we may not know is just exactly who the gallant spy actually works for. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has long claimed the sole right to producing James Bond films -- it has made 18 so far -- but now Sony Pictures Entertainment has filed a legal claim in a five-month-old dispute. It contends not only that it
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NYTimes - over 19 years
Financial Giants Report More Strong Earnings J. P. Morgan, Donaldson, Lufkin &amp; Jenrette and Smith Barney -- as well as its parent, the Travelers Group -- all reported strong profits, extending Wall Street's dizzying ride on the back of buoyant stock and bond markets. Those market gains have been fueled by strong corporate profits, record merger
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List of Survivors, Compiled From Reports of Airline and Kin
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: Here are the names of surviving passengers of the crash of a United Airlines' DC-10 near Sioux City, Iowa, on Wednesday. The names were provided by United and from reports from survivors' families; ages and hometowns were gathered from a variety of sources. Here are the names of surviving passengers of the crash of a United Airlines' DC-10
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NYTimes - over 33 years
In the beginning there was not the word but a succession of images. Stuck in, here and there, on cards placed among the images were words, as few and as functional possible. Moviemakers dared not to assume that the public could read fast or even that it could read at all. People - among them, Anita Loos - who could write those titles were hired,
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NYTimes - over 33 years
One of the earliest and staunchest supporters of the James Bond films was Bosley Crowther, the late film critic of The New York Times, but by 1967 even he was beginning to suspect that enough was enough. Writing about ''You Only Live Twice,'' the fifth of the phenomenal series started in 1963 with ''Dr. No,'' Mr. Crowther said sadly, ''The sex is
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NYTimes - over 33 years
ONE of the key questions of the current film season can now be answered: This is the better Bond, and by a wide margin. It's not a matter of casting - though Sean Connery makes a welcome return in ''Never Say Never Again,'' Roger Moore has certainly done nicely with the role - but rather one of creaks. Last summer's ''Octopussy'' reworked the same
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CONNERY AND MOORE ARE BACK AS BOND IN '83Thou shall have a license to kill for a hundred lacking one. - King Henry VI, Part II
NYTimes - about 34 years
After 20 years of chasing archvillians and voluptuous women across the movie screen, Commander James Bond, a.k.a. Secret Agent 007, will be back again this year, this time in rival film versions. One is called ''Octapussy,'' the 13th Bond film by producer Albert (Cubby) Broccoli, who two decades ago obtained the screen options to the James Bond
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kevin McClory
  • 2006
    Age 81
    He died on 20 November 2006, aged 82, at St. Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, County Dublin, from a cerebral hemorrhage, four days after the British release of Casino Royale.
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  • 2000
    Age 75
    This lawsuit was thrown out in 2000 on the ground that McClory had waited too long to bring his claims.
    More Details Hide Details The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals later affirmed this decision in 2001. On 15 November 2013 MGM and Danjaq, LLC announced they had acquired all rights and interests of McClory's estate. MGM, Danjaq and the McClory estate issued a statement saying that they had brought to an "amicable conclusion the legal and business disputes that have arisen periodically for over 50 years." McClory was married twice. He was survived by two sons and two daughters. His first wife was Frederica Ann Sigrist, daughter of Fred Sigrist. He later married Elizabeth O'Brien, daughter of the racehorse trainer Vincent O'Brien.
  • 1999
    Age 74
    Prior to Sony's settlement with MGM in 1999, they filed a lawsuit against MGM claiming McClory was the co-author of the cinematic 007 and was owed fees from Danjaq and MGM for all past films.
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  • 1989
    Age 64
    In 1989, McClory attempted to recycle the Warhead script again, retitling the project Atomic Warfare.
    More Details Hide Details He approached Pierce Brosnan who had missed out on the role of James Bond to Timothy Dalton due to his contract with NBC's Remington Steele. McClory subsequently continued to try to make other adaptations of Thunderball, including Warhead 2000 A.D. which was to be made by Sony. MGM/UA took legal action against Sony and McClory in the United States to prevent the film going into production. MGM/UA abandoned the claim after settling with Sony. His rights were untouched. In 2004 Sony acquired 20% of MGM; however, the production and final say over everything involving the film version of James Bond is controlled by Eon Productions, Albert R. Broccoli's production company and its parent company Danjaq, LLC.
  • 1976
    Age 51
    In 1976, McClory announced he was to produce an original James Bond film to be titled either Warhead, Warhead 8, or James Bond of the Secret Service, but the project was severely hampered as a result of legal action brought by the Fleming Trustees and United Artists.
    More Details Hide Details McClory won the case. The Trustees and United Artists appealed to the Supreme Court of Judictature The Senior Courts of England and Wales but again they lost to McClory. Lord Justices Waller, Fox and May affirmed McClory's right to make James Bond films and enjoined the Plaintiffs from taking similar legal action against McClory in the future. McClory went on to licence his rights to Jack Schwartzman. The resulting film titled Never Say Never Again starred Sean Connery as Agent 007 in a highly publicized return to the role after a 12-year absence.
  • 1975
    Age 50
    In 1975, McClory and Richard Harris took out a full page ad in the Nassau Tribune "demanding an end to internment without trial" in Northern Ireland.
    More Details Hide Details Conservative opposition leader Edward Heath who was visiting Nassau at the time called a press conference and advised "Harris and McClory to 'ask their friends to stop murdering people.'"
  • 1968
    Age 43
    In 1968 McClory announced plans to make a film about Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins, to star Richard Harris.
    More Details Hide Details The film was to have been shot at Ardmore Studios in 1969 but was never made.
  • 1965
    Age 40
    Harry Saltzman's and Albert R. Broccoli's production company Eon Productions later made a deal with McClory for Thunderball to be made into a film in 1965, with McClory producing.
    More Details Hide Details Under the deal, Eon licensed McClory's rights for a period of ten years and in return they assigned to McClory any rights they had in the scripts and treatments. McClory made an uncredited cameo in the film.
  • 1961
    Age 36
    Later and without permission, Fleming novelised the draft screenplay Thunderball, his ninth novel, in 1961, which initially did not credit McClory or Whittingham.
    More Details Hide Details The two sued, and the case opened to the High Court in London on 20 November 1963. After nine days, the case was settled. Fleming paid McClory damages of £35,000 and his court costs of £52,000, and future versions of the novel were credited as "based on a screen treatment by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, and Ian Fleming" – in that order. Fleming and Bryce conveyed to McClory any rights they held in the screenplays and treatments that McClory, Whittingham and Fleming had written during their collaboration. Fleming conveyed to McClory the worldwide film rights in the novel Thunderball.
  • 1958
    Age 33
    Bryce was a close friend of Ian Fleming. In 1958 Fleming approached McClory to produce the first Bond film.
    More Details Hide Details McClory rejected all of Fleming's books but felt that the character James Bond could be adapted for the screen. McClory, Bryce, Fleming and Jack Whittingham developed the new James Bond character through a number of treatments and screenplays. McClory, Fleming and Bryce settled on the screenplay Longitude 78 West (later renamed Thunderball) and went into pre-production. Fleming had assigned his interest in the film to McClory and Bryce's company Xanadu and would make no more money from the project. He conspired with Bryce to force McClory out of the film, denying that McClory had any legal interest in the screenplays and treatments that had been written during their collaboration.
  • 1957
    Age 32
    He later wrote, produced and directed the 1957 film, The Boy and the Bridge, with financial assistance from heiress Josephine Hartford Bryce (sister of Huntington Hartford) and her husband Ivor Bryce a friend of Ian Fleming.
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    In 1957 McClory led an expedition of 25 men in an attempt to drive around the world.
    More Details Hide Details He filmed a documentary of the adventure, One Road, as well as a series of ads for his sponsor Ford Motor Company. The team completed the journey in 104 days.
  • 1943
    Age 18
    The second attack occurred on 21 February 1943 when McClory was serving on the Norwegian tanker Stigstad, which was attacked by torpedo from multiple U-boats.
    More Details Hide Details The ship sank and McClory and the other survivors made it to a life raft. They survived in terrible conditions for two weeks and traveled more than 600 miles before being rescued off the coast of Ireland. Two seaman died on the raft and a third died soon after they were rescued. McClory suffered severe frostbite and lost the ability to speak for more than a year after the incident. When he recovered his voice he was left with a pronounced stammer. He served out the rest of the war in the British Navy. McClory started a career at Middlesex's Shepperton Studios as a film boom operator and location manager, where he worked on The Cockleshell Heroes for Warwick Films. He was an assistant to John Huston on films including The African Queen (1951) and Moulin Rouge (1952). He was an Assistant Director on Huston's version of Moby-Dick (1956), and Associate Producer and Second Unit Director on Mike Todd's Around the World in 80 Days (also 1956).
  • 1942
    Age 17
    As a teenaged radio officer in the British Merchant Navy, McClory endured attacks by German U-boats on two different occasions. The first attack occurred on 20 September 1942 was while he was serving aboard The Mathilda.
    More Details Hide Details A U-Boat surfaced and attacked the ship with heavy machine gun fire. The crew of the ship fired back and the U-Boat retreated.
  • 1924
    McClory was born in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, in 1924, and suffered from dyslexia.
    More Details Hide Details His grandmother, Alice McClory, was reportedly related to the Brontë family. McClory's parents, Thomas John O'Donovan McClory (stage name Desmond O'Donovan) and Winifred (née Doran) were actors and theatre producers in Ireland.
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