It’s been over 30 years since we last saw James Bond battle his greatest foe, but the days of battling the mysterious S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and it’s leader Blofeld may be back. The day Bond fans have been waiting for has finally come as according to Deadline, the intense legal battle over the remaining rights to 007 has been settled and MGM now owns 100 percent of the Bond property.
The one hold up over the last 50 years has revolved around the film Thunderball and it’s source material by writer Ian Fleming. Kevin McClory and his estate had been locked in a legal battle claiming that McClory was entitled to the rights for the numerous elements he helped create for Thunderball.
It was McClory’s lawsuit with MGM that resulted in the 1983 film Never Say Never Again, the only James Bond film to not be recognized as part of the MGM/Eon cannon. The settlement doesn’t mean that Never Say Never Again will be a part of the cannon but it does mean that Blofeld — a major component of Thunderball — belongs to MGM and solely MGM.
This means that in all likelihood we can expect to see Blofeld and his terrorist organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E. show up again in the new reboot world of Bond that has worked hard over the last four films to reintegrate classic Bond mythology with a modern twist. Many suspected that the organization featured in Quantum of Solace was a poor man’s replacement for S.P.E.C.T.R.E. but with the rights now fully belonging to MGM, we can go back to Quantum of Solace and directly link it to Blofeld and the organization.
The modernization of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. as cyber and global terrorist network almost writes itself and fans will e excited to see Bond take on his arch-nemesis once again in modern times. The great irony in this though is that, like McClory’s unofficial Bond film, fans will never say never about Blofeld again.