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The following two Lots were given to the vendor by producer, Kevin McClory. It was McClory who, in 1958, had worked with Ian Fleming and screenwriter Jack Whittingham on a script which was finally entitled Thunderball and which, if it had gone to production, would have been the first James Bond film, pre-dating Dr. No by four years. This 1958 venture however was not to be and led to what has been described by a judge in 2001 as ...a story far too improbable even for the silver screen.... Fleming used the early screenplay as the basis for his novel of the same name, without the permission of his collaborators and was sued by McClory and Whittingham in 1963 for plagiarism. A 40-year legal dispute between McClory and the producers of the 007 film series over the genesis and ownership of the screen version of James Bond ensued.