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The production of Never Say Never Again - the last in a long series of attempts to get Connery back on the screen as Bond - was possible only because means were found of circumnavigating this restriction. As do the novels, so the films circulate under a diversity of names - the name of the controlling production company (Eon Productions); the name of the distributors (United Artists); the names of the directors (Terence Young, Lewis Gilbert, Guy Hamilton, Peter Hunt); the names of the stars (Connery, Lazenby, Moore).

In the event, this was not used, although it subsequently formed the basis for the plot of Dr No). There were also signs of an awakening interest in the film industry when, in 1954, Sir Alexander Korda asked to see an advance copy of Live and Let Die. However, it is only in retrospect that these overtures seem portentous of greater things to come. By 1955, when Fleming had added a third title- Moonraker- to the list, the novels had been printed only in hardback editions, none had sold more than 12 000 copies in Britain and Fleming's total earnings from sales were less than £2000.

In the event, this was not used, although it subsequently formed the basis for the plot of Dr No). There were also signs of an awakening interest in the film industry when, in 1954, Sir Alexander Korda asked to see an advance copy of Live and Let Die. However, it is only in retrospect that these overtures seem portentous of greater things to come. By 1955, when Fleming had added a third title- Moonraker- to the list, the novels had been printed only in hardback editions, none had sold more than 12 000 copies in Britain and Fleming's total earnings from sales were less than £2000.

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