Hollywood Reporter

MGM, 007 say 'Never' again

Carl DiOrio

In a move aimed at bolstering its hold on the James Bond movie franchise, MGM on Wednesday announced the acquisition of rights to the film 'Never Say Never Again' from Taliafilm Inc.

Terms weren't revealed, but a party close to the deal said the studio will pay in excess of $2 million for the worldwide distribution rights. The pact became effective with the agreement's signing Monday and covers an unspecified long-term period, an MGM spokesman said.

MGM's United Artists division and Danjaq Llc. have collaborated on 18 Bond films, including the upcoming 'Tomorrow Never Dies.' But 'Never Say Never Again' was an exception, produced in 1983 as a remake of 'Thunderball' (1965). …

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