As usual - Hollywood legalistics seems to make it involve a number of Companies - including Columbia and their owner Sony (as Columbia and MGM are owned by Sony it appears)
But the wiki resource has this info on EON -
''EON, a closely held (private and family) corporation, was started by film producers Albert R. Broccoli
and Harry Saltzman
in 1961, at the same time they partnered and sought financing for Dr. No
the year before they formed the eponymously named Danjaq
— which for legal reasons became EON's holding company from which it licenses the copyright protections allowing EON to produce the Bond films. Cubby Broccoli had been interested in the Bond novels rights for several years but was disuaded from making them project by his former partner. When they dissolved their relationship he was free to pursue the property, for which Saltzman, a novice to film production had taken a gamble to acquire. The two were introduced by a New York writer who was acquainted with both, and formed a partnership within a week of meeting. The enterprise was and is still very much a family business, including both wives and the principle partners, as well as several of their progeny, the latter group now carrying on their parents' work. Cubby almost immediately included Dana Broccoli's college aged son Michael G. Wilson
in even the early films doing various production jobs and his engineering education was put to good use occasionally in some of the series' special effects.
In 1975 after nine Bond films, Harry Saltzman sold his shares of Danjaq to United Artists
(the then-current Bond series distributor). Although Albert R. Broccoli died in 1996, EON Productions is still owned by the Broccoli family, specifically Albert R. Broccoli's daughter, Barbara Broccoli
, and his stepson and her half-brother by actress Dana Wilson Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
, who are the current producers of the James Bond films.
Albert R. Broccoli's name has appeared in the opening "presents" credit of every EON-produced James Bond film, and always as the very first name in the credits from The Spy Who Loved Me
onwards. From Dr. No
through The Man with the Golden Gun
, the credit was "Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman present"; for some films Saltzman originally came first (and still does in the film itself and/or its original posters), but all present-day printed credits have been changed to list Broccoli first. After Saltzman left, the opening credit was simply "Albert R. Broccoli presents" through to GoldenEye
(the last film made before Broccoli's death), even after Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson replaced him as producers. On all films since Broccoli's death, the opening credit is "Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions presents", with "Limited" usually added after "Productions" in the film proper.
The copyrights & trademarks for the film properties (beginning with Dr. No
) are held by Danjaq and United Artists
Corporation; the latter was bought by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
in 1981, but as an MGM subsidiary its name still appears in Bond copyright & trademark disclaimers to this day. Casino Royale
(2006) and Quantum of Solace
(2008) were co-distributed with Columbia Pictures
(which appeared along with Danjaq & United Artists in their copyright disclaimers), with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
assuming video rights to the former; MGM retained the video rights for the latter.
These EON productions are commonly referred to as "official" James Bond films, whereas the 1954 television adaptation of Casino Royale
, the 1967 film spoof Casino Royale
and Sean Connery
's 1983 film Never Say Never Again
are "unofficial" because they were not produced by EON and do not form part of the main canon (this also means that they lack familiar elements such as the James Bond Theme
music and the opening Gunbarrel sequence).
Since MGM bought United Artists (UA) and UA owned the copyrights and trademarks in association with Danjaq then I presume you could say that MGM 'owns' those rights - I think.
But I'm not sure how Columbia and Sony factor in, though I think they entered the frame during the last
legal battle that ended with MGM acquiring the rights to remake Casino Royale