In this year of the Ian Fleming Centenary,
the truth has emerged that the screen version of James
Bond, which was responsible for immortalising the character
was not, in fact, just Fleming’s creation. It was
the creation of Jack Whittingham, who was employed by maverick
producer Kevin McClory to
adapt the character to the big screen. Had this screen
character never been developed, James Bond might have been
just another minor fictional spy character.
The Battle for Bond is a tale of bitter
recriminations, betrayal, multi-million dollar lawsuits
and even death. It is the fabled story of Kevin McClory’s
40 year legal battle over the rights to the screen version
of James Bond, which he and Whittingham had created. In
1963, Ian Fleming stood in a British court accused of plagiarism.
The Battle for Bond is the most important book ever written
on James Bond!
“How Ian Fleming would have hated to know that this
book had been censored. Ian hated censorship and, as an
author, he would have deplored the steps that have been
taken in his name. As a gentleman he would have felt that
harassing a fellow author to be the ultimate demonstration
of bad taste."
-- Len Deighton
Above: Front cover artwork
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