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Resolution of long-running dispute with estate of Kevin McClory could pave way for cat-stroking mastermind to return to regenerated Bond franchise, as well as his uber-evil organisation, Spectre

The James Bond film series is free to incorporate classic elements such as the villain Blofeld and nefarious organisation Spectre once again after settling a long-running legal case with the estate of 007 co-creator Kevin McClory.

A dispute over rights to the suave British spy has been ongoing since 1959, when writer McClory suggested a Bond film set in the Bahamas to Ian Fleming. The idea eventually came to form the basis of the novel Thunderball, as well as its 1965 film adaptation. Fleming and McClory collaborated on the third Bond film, which introduced both Blofeld and Spectre, but courts later ruled that the Dublin-born writer owned significant elements of the 007 mythos, and he was able to produce the "unofficial" 1983 Bond film Never Say Never Again, »

- Ben Child

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