Danjaq and MGM Studios, which own the rights to James Bond, have denied a license to create a musical dedicated to Agent 007. A joint statement by the partners has been posted on Bond's official Facebook page.
"Danjaq LLC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc confirm that they did not transfer the rights to create the James Bond musical to Mary Salzman or her company. All stage rights under the franchise are owned by Danjaq and MGM, and therefore such show cannot be organized without the proper permission of the copyright holders.
Note that Mary Saltzman, daughter of the famous producer Harry Saltzman, who participated in the creation of the first James Bond movies. According to her, cited by the resource Playbil, her company Placeholder Productions bought the rights to stage production based on the works of Ian Fleming. It was alleged that the script for the show, with the eloquent title "James Bond: The Musical", was entrusted to writer Dave Clark, and composer Jay Henry Wise was to be responsible for the musical part.
Mary Zaltzman herself did not comment on the copyright holders' statement at the time of this writing.
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