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Jack Whittingham

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Jack Whittingham (1910 - July 4, 1972) was a British playwright, film critic, and screenwriter.

He is best-known for having collaborated with Ian Fleming and Kevin McClory on a possible James Bond television series or film. When these plans were scrapped, Fleming novelized the work into his ninth official novel, Thunderball, however, the novel only credited Fleming. McClory and Whittingham then sued Fleming, which led to a settlement giving McClory the film rights to the novel. McClory in 1965 teamed up with Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman for the official Thunderball film. A second adaptation in 1983 titled Never Say Never Again would later be produced unofficially. During the lawsuit, Jack Whittingham had given his part of the rights to the story to Kevin McClory, however, as a result of the settlement, future versions of the novel credit, based on the screen treatment by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, and Ian Fleming (in that order).

Whittingham died in 1972, eleven years before McClory's Thunderball remake, Never Say Never Again was released in theaters.

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