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By Devin D. O'Leary

JANUARY 4, 1999:  Among my favorite movie quotes would have to be the following nugget of joy from Goldfinger: "Do you expect me to talk?" "No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die." Of course, 007 did not die in that particular film--which just goes to show you can't keep a good man down. Speaking of which, the rumor mill refuses to grind to a halt surrounding the battling MGM/UA and Sony 007 franchises. I reported recently that Sony is stuck in court and can't so much as draft a memo regarding their proposed Thunderball remake, Warhead 2000, until a judge settles the matter. And from the looks of things, Sony is SOL. Still, the BBC reported last week that one-time Bond man Sean Connery has agreed to play arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Sony's film. This rumor stems from the fact that Connery's production company recently entered into a multi-film partnership with Sony. Connery has stated, in the past, that Warhead 2000 is not one of the proposed films. Warhead 2000 remains 100 percent stalled in legal limbo. Cool as it might be to see Connery play Blofeld, I'm pretty sure the star wouldn't be interested in shooting Thunderball for a third time. MGM, meanwhile, is plugging away at their newest Bond flick, The World is Not Enough. Rumor has it that the film will be the final appearance for Desmond Llewelyn, who plays gadget man Q. The 90-year-old actor is the only person to appear in all of the MGM Bond films.

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