This undated file photo shows Sean Connery as James Bond in "Never Say Never Again." The film "Never Say Never Again," a 1983 remake of "Thunderball," has its ironic title because it brought Connery back as Bond after a 12-year hiatus.
Daniel Craig as James Bond in the action adventure film, "Skyfall." Just a couple of years ago, production was derailed on "Skyfall," the 23rd movie in the series, while partner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. plunged into bankruptcy. MGM emerged in early 2011 with a hefty bankroll that allowed shooting to resume.
In this March 29, 1982 file photo, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, producer of the "James Bond" series, holds the Thalberg Award he received for his work at the Academy Awards, in Los Angeles. Roger Moore, left, British actor who plays secret agent 007 James Bond, made the presentation.
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Over the last 50 years, the owners of the James Bond movie franchise have had heart-stopping crises as thrilling as the ones that face their fictional secret agent. They’ve nearly gone bust more than once and have come close to losing all of their rights in court. But the franchise has survived and thrived.