Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. v. American Honda Motor Co.

900 F. Supp. 1287 (C.D. Cal. 1995)

The court mentions two James Bond films in which the plaintiffs hold no copyright: Casino Royale (1967 version) and Never Say Never Again. The first movie is a spoof of the entire spy-thriller movie genre, and the cast included Woody Allen and Orson Wells.

Never Say Never Again was essentially a remake of the movie Thunderball, but is widely considered to be inferior to the original. Its production was the result of a long legal battle between its producer, Kevin McClory, and MGM, which had purchased movie rights from Ian Fleming, the author of the original Bond novels. McClory tried to make a second Bond film on his own, to be called Warhead, but was prevented by the 9th Circuit ruling Danjaq et al v. McClory.