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James Bond film script stolen in Sony hacking

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007 in the new Bond film, due for release next year. Photo: PA Wire

An early version of the script for the new James Bond film Spectre has been stolen by hackers during a cyber attack on Sony.

The film's producers, Eon Productions, expressed concern that the contents of the script - taken in an attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment last month - could be published online.

"Eon Productions, 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," the company said in a statement.

"Eon Productions is concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it or its contents."

The cast and name of the 24th installment were unveiled in London earlier this month.

It is not due for release until November 2015.

Five films were leaked online after the attack on the network which began on November 24, while Sony employees were also reportedly sent threatening emails.

North Korea denied responsibility, but said the hacking was a "righteous deed" for the depiction of an assassination plot against the country's leader Kim Jong-un.

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