Adi Shankar’s 007 Bootleg Removed Just Hours After Upload

Last night we posted Adi Shankar’s latest opus, only to find that it had been taken down only just a few hours after it had been uploaded.

MGM Entertainment levied a copyright claim against the video clearly based off Sean Connery’s time as the super spy. For those of you who missed the video, it entailed the story of a retired, aging Bond who wants back in the game.

As Shankar mentioned in his behind-the-scenes video, this is a man accustomed to a certain lifestyle, one which involved the nearly senseless murder of henchmen. How does someone who is used to living such a fantastic and action-filled life adjust to retirement?

Shankar’s answer? They don’t, and that’s what the video was about.

This is the second video of Shankar’s to be removed from YouTube over copyright infringement, despite the fan nature of the creations. The first was an amazing reboot of Saban’s “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.”

Shankar released this statement regarding the removal of his “Power Rangers” film:

‘Today, I was deeply disappointed to learn that Saban Brands decided to attack my Power/Rangers “Bootleg Universe One-Shot” film. To all the viewers that enjoyed this film, I consider this an outright infringement on freedom of expression and individualism. I set out to make this film because I am a childhood fan of the Power Rangers. As children our retinas are burned with iconic images and as we grow older these images come to represent crucial moments within the trajectories of our own lives. This film is a homage to the original creators of the Power Rangers, and a parody of a television series we all grew up loving. Films like my Power/Rangers “Bootleg” are vital expressions of creativity in our troubled world. If we suppress this creativity and become passive participants in the consumption of the culture we live in, we implicitly allow a dangerous precedent to be set for the future of the internet.’

We’ve reached out to Shankar about the current video’s removal. His team sent us this statement in response to the take down:

“I have the utmost respect for MGM and the iconic character of James Bond, and although I believe my video is clearly a parody of James Bond, I will refrain from reposting it online out of respect.”

Which means, sadly, if you didn’t catch it when it went up last night, it’s likely you never will.

Do you think MGM should allow the video to return to the internet? Share your opinions in the comments.