Law faculty who teach the James Bond copyright case — MGM, Inc. v. American Honda Motor Co., 900 F. Supp. 1287 (C.D. Cal. 1995) — might be interested in this exchange between Ian Fleming and one Geoffrey Boothroyd regarding the origin of one of Bond’s signature character elements. The lawsuit involved the filmed version of the Bond character, not the literary version, but it turns out that even the literary version was in some respects a collaborative work (not to be confused, of course, with a collective work, a compilation work, a joint work, or some other defined copyright category).