Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and the producer of the James Bond films said they acquired all rights to the fictional British secret agent held by the estate and family of the late screenwriter Kevin McClory.
Among defense contractors, QinetiQ North America is known for spy-world connections and an eye- popping product line. Its contributions to national security include secret satellites, drones, and software used by U.S. special forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Cortright McMeel, who drew on his work experience in commodities to craft a well-received novel about energy traders angling to make fortunes on terrorism fears and weather forecasts, has died. He was 41.
At first, Hitler was skeptical. “Couldn’t this be a corpse they have deliberately planted on our hands?” he asked the Luftwaffe chief of staff. But the sensitive military information in the dead man’s briefcase reflected his own fears about the Balkans, so the Fuhrer swallowed the bait and moved some crucial troops to Greece and Sardinia.
James Bond is the unlikely role model for the baby-boomer protagonists of “True Believers,” Kurt Andersen’s brisk and zeitgeisty novel about 1960s radicals and the lives they invented once the counterculture became the culture.