James Bond

Forty Years of Bondage, Part II

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Never Say Never Again (1982) – Sean Connery returns as James Bond in an ill-advised remake of ‘Thunderball’. How did this happen? Well, Thunderball was co-written by Ian Flemming and some other guy, who then got screwed out of his share of the profits. The courts decided the rights to any movies based on that movie, or characters from that movie, would go to the estate of the other guy, and not the Flemming estate. MGM offered to put up the money, and thus acquired the movie rights to the novel “Thunderball.” Getting Connery to reprise his role as Bond went something like this:

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Forty Years of Bondage: Yet Another Completely Uncalled for Retrospective Featuring Capsule Reviews

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“What the hell does James Bond have to do with Science Fiction?” I hear you asking. Well, Bond has fought so many villains with nonexistent super-high-tech weapons, brought down two illegal space programs, and been in actual space battles with such abandon that “Spy-Fi” has become an accepted subgenre of SF itself, and literally scores of shows from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to Chuck have frequently dabbled with these kinds of trappings to a greater or lesser extent to give their stories a sense of the exotic and also just for a bit of high-stakes peril.

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