MGM Suing Universal Over Alleged James Bond “Knockoff”

Reported by Rebecca Marie-Taylor.


There’s another agent in town, and Mr. Bond’s people are not happy about it! Earlier this week MGM and James Bond producer Dana Broccoli, aka Danjaq, asked a federal court to file an injunction and award unspecified damages against Universal over their Section 6 project. MGM and Danjaq allege that the Universal project is a “James Bond knockoff” and want the film, written by Aaron Berg and set to be directed by Joe Cornish, shut down.

The intensely redacted filing from April 3rd, which can be found over at Deadline, lists several similarities between Section 6 and the Bond franchise. It reads: “This lawsuit concerns a motion picture project, in active development, featuring a daring, tuxedo-clad British secret agent, employed by ‘His Majesty’s Secret Service’ with a ‘license to kill’ and a 00 secret agent number on a mission to save England from the diabolical plot of a megalomaniacal villain.”

According to the plaintiffs, this legal move comes after multiple unsuccessful attempts to discuss the situation with Universal, even requesting to see the script in March to ensure there weren’t too many similarities, only to be declined. MGM and Danjaq’s legal team is made up of Robert Schwartz, Cassandra Seto and Brian Finkelstein from Los Angeles firm O’Melveny & Myers, and Marc Becker from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

Source: Deadline