Originally Posted by Enterprise Captain
They don't because it was not produced by Eon Productions. There was a rights dispute regarding the novel Thunderball and that is why they were able to make Never Say Never Again. MGM now owns the right to it though.
I still consider Never Say Never Again
as a Bond film. I know it's not part of the Eon Productions or anything but still, it's with Sean Connery and he is back as James Bond and it was pitched to be a serious film so therefore I accept it. Also, it leaves Connery in a tie with Moore at both doing seven 007 movies.