James Bond remains topical, and a quick check of Google for recent items containing "James" and "Bond" together quickly produces an avalanche of hits--and will go on doing so for the coming weeks.
One of the more interesting recent pieces comes courtesy of Variety, and considers four of the Bond films that never were--moments in the history of the franchise when it might have taken a different turn. Those who've read even a single pop history of the series have encountered much of this (pretty much everyone knows that Thunderball was originally a screenplay, and that Never Say Never Again was not Kevin McClory's first attempt to launch a franchise of his own), but here and there is a bit of the story they probably didn't know--and even hardcore fans are unlikely to have heard of the darker version of Diamonds Are Forever that could have been a follow-up to the staid On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
You can check it out here.
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