Spectre: James Bond script details leaked in Sony cyber hack

James Bond producers have confirmed the script has been 'illegally leaked'

Daisy Wyatt
Sunday 14 December 2014 12:41
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Daniel Craig, pictured here in Skyfall, is returning as James Bond for Spectre
Daniel Craig, pictured here in Skyfall, is returning as James Bond for Spectre

The script for the new James Bond film Spectre has been leaked by Sony hackers, the film’s producers have confirmed.

Eon Productions said an early version of the film’s screenplay, which stars Daniel Craig, Christopher Waltz and Ralph Fiennes, has been “illegally made public” by hackers.

In a statement on the OO7 website, the production company said: “Eon Production, the producers of the James Bond films, learned this morning that an early version of the screenplay for the new Bond film Spectre is amongst the material stolen and illegally made public by hackers who infiltrated the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer system.”

It added it was concerned that “third parties” who had received the stolen screenplay “may seek to publish its contents”.

“The screenplay for Spectre is the confidential information of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Danjaq, LLC, and is protected by the laws of copyright in the United Kingdom and around the world,” it said.

The title and cast for the forthcoming James Bond film was released last month, with Monica Belluci, Sherlock’s Andrew Scott and Blue is the Warmest Colour’s Léa Seydoux joining the cast.

Christoph Waltz will play the German-sounding villain Oberhauser, while Naomie Harris will return to portray Eve Moneypenny.

The leaked James Bond script comes in the wake of dozens of revealing emails from Sony bosses that have been leaked by cyber hackers.

Yesterday it emerged that bosses wanted to pay Jennifer Lawrence less than her male co-stars in American Hustle, while Michael Fassbender was embarrassingly dismissed from a casting by a boss claiming “no one will know who he is”.

North Korea has denied being behind the attack in retaliation for James Franco and Seth Rogen's The Interview, which portrays Kim Jong Un in a negative.

The FBI has confirmed it is investigating the culprit behind the hack.

Spectre is due to be released on 6 November 2015.

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