Although James Bond’s future in movies is currently in development hell. The comic book series from Dynamite Entertainment is full steam ahead.
The comics publisher that specialises in classic pulp heroes and movie and television tie in comics has now secured the rights to publish original Bond material internationally.
Ahead of next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, Dynamite Entertainment has announced that it will be expanding its James Bond line beyond the original Warren Ellis-written series with adaptations of Ian Fleming’s original novels.
These adaptations will start with ‘Casino Royale’, which we will see hit comic racks in November. Fleming’s first Bond novel will be adapted by former ‘Flash’ and ‘Green Lantern Corps’ writer Van Jensen, with art by Matthew Southworth.
“When we first announced Warren Ellis’ breakout original James Bond series, we teased that this would only be the beginning of our relationship with the character and the Fleming family, who have been very generous,” Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci, said in a statement about the news. “To announce that we have been granted the rights to adapt the original presentation of 007? It’s incredibly rewarding as it’s the treasured story that any publisher would wish to add to their library. We have been very fortunate to be granted the rights to do so.”
This is the first of two major Bond announcements from Dynamite. The company also revealed that it has licensed its original Bond material internationally, with European publishers Delcourt, Panini and Splitter signing on to publish the James Bond: VARGR title in France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Russia, Germany and multiple Eastern European territories.
The English-language collection of VARGR, written by Warren Ellis with art by Jason Masters, was released earlier this month.
As a life long fan of the James Bond movies and as someone that has read the books. I look forward to thumbing my way through some of these Bond comics when they hit comic racks.