McClory worked as a technician and director and is credited with the
creation of Blofeld and Spectre. He became a familiar name in the world
of Bond, not least for his ongoing legal battles with Eon Productions.
After working with Ian Fleming on the novel Thunderball, McClory
claimed rights to the story and any film version. He was handed a
production role by Eon on the subsequent Thunderball film and in return
agreed not to attempt any version of his own for at least ten years.
When this period expired McClory immediately began plans for his own
James Bond film.
After countless problems he finally succeeded in 1983 when Sean Connery
was persuaded to return for the flawed but entertaining Never Say Never
Again. McClory made one more concerted attempt in the nineties to get
another renegade James Bond film off the ground but was thwarted in the
courts. His personal contribution to the world of James Bond will live
on in the classic films and the only 'straight' unofficial Bond film