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February 27, 1999 | Associated Press
A federal judge rejected Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.'s motion for summary judgment in a legal fight with Sony Corp. over rights to the lucrative James Bond movie franchise, clearing the way for an April trial. MGM asked the court for a summary judgment in its lawsuit accusing Sony of attempting to steal the Bond franchise. U.S.
Richard Maibaum, a former stage actor who began writing scripts for Hollywood in the 1930s, earning credits for pictures ranging from the steely thriller "They Gave Him a Gun" to the covert capers of James Bond, is dead. The scenarist, producer and playwright was 81 when he died Friday at St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica. The cause of his death has not yet been determined, his family said Sunday.
February 1, 1990 | DENNIS HUNT, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Though many James Bond buffs weren't too crazy about "Licence to Kill," starring their cool, dapper hero as an avenger, it's doing great in the rental market--soaring to No. 3 on the Billboard chart in just three weeks. It grossed $33 million in theaters but that was less than expected. As often happens, when a film transfers to home video, many who ignored the Bond adventure in movie houses are now renting it. Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" is off to a fast start.
September 9, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Terence Young, who directed the first, second and fourth of the hugely successful James Bond movies starring Sean Connery in the 1960s, has died. He was 79. He died Wednesday at a hospital in Cannes in southern France, his daughter, Juliet Nissen, said. She said she understood that he had died of a heart attack. Young directed "Dr. No," the first of the Bond movies based on Ian Fleming's novels about the British spy, in 1962. Ursula Andress starred opposite Connery as Agent 007.
There's no advertising tag line on "Tomorrow Never Dies," the new James Bond film, but an accurate one might be "Never wake a sleepwalker. Especially one that's turning a nice profit." As the latest film in a series that dates back to "Dr. No" in 1962, a run of 18 pictures that has earned an estimated $2.5 billion in admissions, "Tomorrow Never Dies" is very aware of its position as the latest incarnation of one of the most lucrative franchises in movie history.
August 13, 2007 | Martin Weil, Washington Post
John Gardner, a British novelist who had been a magician, a clergyman and a Royal Marine before giving new literary life to one of fiction's most famous secret agents, the legendary James Bond, has died. He was 80. The Daily Mail reported that he collapsed near his home and died Aug. 3 at a hospital in Basingstoke, England. A report on his website said he had been in ill health and had suffered a mild stroke last year. Bond, celebrated as Agent 007, was created by Ian Fleming, who died in 1964.
October 17, 1997 | CLAUDIA ELLER
Sony Pictures Entertainment President John Calley must harbor a deep grudge against his former boss, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer chief Frank Mancuso. Why else would Calley--who headed MGM's United Artists unit for three years--attempt to snatch another studio's most valuable movie franchise out from under it?
April 26, 1985 | DAVID KUPFERSCHMID, Times Staff Writer
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March 21, 2004 | Renee Vogel
Anyone harboring a James Bond fantasy can now rent the perfect backdrop: the Palm Springs modernist estate featured in the 1971 film "Diamonds Are Forever." The renowned Elrod/Lautner estate, named for the original owner interior designer Arthur Elrod and for the home's architect, John Lautner, is built into the boulders on a ridge overlooking the city and the San Jacinto Mountains.
June 29, 2006 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Sir Peter Smithers, a British politician, diplomat and award-winning gardener who worked as a British spy during World War II and was said to have inspired the fictional character of James Bond, the suave Agent 007 in Ian Fleming's novels, died June 8. He was 92. Smithers died at his home in Vico Morcote, a village in Switzerland, where he had retired in 1970.
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