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Sony hackers PINCH early version of James Bond Spectre script

Producers are shaken AND stirred

An early screenplay of the upcoming James Bond movie Spectre was stolen by hackers who ransacked Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer system, the film's producers confirmed on Saturday.

Eon productions said in a statement on the official 007 website that a script had been leaked, after Sony's network suffered a massive security breach at the start of this month.

The company added that the screenplay had been "illegally made public" by the hackers, who were yet to be unmasked.

North Korea has dismissed claims it was behind the crippling hack suffered by struggling film studio Sony Pictures, but officials in the country have nonetheless labelled it a "righteous deed".

The producers behind Spectre threatened to unleash a can of legal whoopass on anyone who leaked the script online:

Eon Productions is concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it or 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 may not (in whole or in part) be published, reproduced, disseminated or otherwise utilised by anyone who obtains a copy of it. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Danjaq LLC will take all necessary steps to protect their rights against the persons who stole the screenplay, and against anyone who makes infringing uses of it or attempts to take commercial advantage of confidential property it knows to be stolen.

Spectre is due to hit our cinema screens on 6 November 2015. ®

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