Wednesday, April 20, 2016

VARGR #6 released today

Dynamite's James Bond VARGR #6 is released today (delayed from its original April 6 release date). This is final installment in the first story arc by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters.

The secret of VARGR is revealed, and it means that Bond has to descend into a nightmare scenario - alone. Just his gun and his skills versus a murderous conspiracy to turn Britain into a testing zone for death drugs. Dynamite Entertainment proudly concludes the debut storyline to the first ongoing James Bond comic book in over 20 years!

You can purchase VARGR #6 at the Dynamite website. A hardcover collected edition of all six issues will be released on June 21 and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

The next series arc will be called Eidolon and will launch June 15 in James Bond #7.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Peter Janson-Smith passes away at 93

Ian Fleming's literary agent, Peter Janson-Smith, has passed away at age 93. Peter was a force behind the original James Bond novels and, as the head of Glidrose, oversaw the continuation novels by John Gardner and Raymond Benson. Raymond Benson shared the news on Facebook with a tribute to his mentor and friend.

It is with great sadness that I share the news that Peter Janson-Smith has passed away. Peter, who hired me to write James Bond novels in the mid-90s, was a mentor, a teacher, a friend, and someone I called my "English dad." Peter had a long, distinguished career as a literary agent in England. He was Ian Fleming's agent as well as Eric Ambler's and many other great authors. He sold Anthony Burgess' "Clockwork Orange." He was the trustee for Winnie the Pooh. So many accomplishments, too many to name here. I will miss him terribly. Thank you, Peter, for everything you did for me, and for everything you did to better our world.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

HEADS YOU DIE book jacket reveals new plot details

Here's a plot summery for Steve Cole's upcoming Young Bond novel, Heads You Die. This comes from the book jacket itself and offers more details than what's currently on Amazon.

James's Cuban holiday has become a nightmare mission to save one of the last remaining links to his past. If he is ever to see his friend again, he must steal the darkest secret of a man with 1,000 ways to kill. 
Pursued by corrupt cops and hired assassins, James's quest takes him from the sun-drenched streets of Havana to a mystery wreck deep in Caribbean water – and beyond to a deadly showdown. As a countdown to mass murder begins and killers close in, fates will be decided with the flip of a coin.

One wonders if this old friend James is protecting will be a character from the Higson novels? Also sound like we'll be getting some underwater action in this outing.

Heads You Die will be released in the UK on May 5, 2016 in paperback and as a limited edition hardcover. Steve recently signed 2000 copies of the hardcover (below).


While it has yet to be officially confirmed, it appears Heads You Die will be the first of TWO Steve Cole Young Bond novels to be released this year.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Will we get TWO Young Bond books this year?

Steve Cole has tweeted this pic of the limited hardcover edition of his second Young Bond novel, Heads You Die, which will be released May 5 in the UK along with a paperback edition. The limited hardcover will be signed and numbered and contain extra material. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon.co.uk.


But what I'm more interested in this morning is what the eagle-eyed folks at the CommanderBond.net Twitter (@CBn007) spotted in the author description below. Is it possible we'll get Steve's third Young Bond adventure later this year?


Steve's only comment, "Never mind that, I just can't believe how young I was when that picture was taken."

Thanks to CBn.

UPDATE: This also appears on the official Penguin website, so I'm thinking we can bank on seeing Young Bond 8 this year!


Monday, March 28, 2016

James Bond and SPECTRE return in "EIDOLON"

In an exclusive interview with writer Warren Ellis, Comic Book Resources has revealed that Dynimite's next James Bond story arc will begin in issue #7 and will be called Eidolon. They've also revealed that SPECTRE will be part of the new story.

After World War Two, army intelligence groups created ghost cells called "stay-behinds" across Europe in the event of a Warsaw Pact surge. "EIDOLON" is the story of a SPECTRE stay-behind structure - ghost cells of SPECTRE loyalists acting as sleepers until the time is right for a SPECTRE reformation and resurgence. The time is now.

James Bond #7 Eidolon will launch June 15, the same day the first 6-part story arc, Vargr, is released in a collected hardcover.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Young Bond goes to Cuba in HEADS YOU DIE

Steve Cole's next Young Bond adventure, Heads You Die, will be set in Cuba, according to a new plot description on Amazon.co.uk.

Paperback edition.
James's Cuban holiday has become a nightmare mission to save an old friend from a villain who has perfected 1,000 ways to kill.

With corrupt cops and hired assassins hot on his heels, James must travel through Havana and brave Caribbean waters to stop a countdown to mass murder.

Fates will be decided with the flip of a coin. Heads or tails. Live or die.

While the literary Bond traveled to Cuba in the novelizations for GoldenEye and Die Another Day, this will be the first original Bond adventure set in the island country.

Heads You Die will be released in the UK in paperback and as a limited edition hardcover on May 5, 2016.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Cover art for limited hardcover HEADS YOU DIE

Cover art for the signed limited edition hardcover of Steve Cole's next Young Bond novel, Heads You Die, has appeared on Amazon.co.uk. It's a variation on the paperback cover art revealed back in October. Both books will be released May 5, 2016.


There is yet no news about the plot or setting for this latest Young Bond adventure.

Pre-order the Heads You Die limited hardcover on Amazon.co.uk.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

JAMES BOND: VARGR #5

Dynamite's James Bond VARGR #5 is released today (delayed a week from its original March 2 release date). This is the fifth installment in a six part graphic novel series by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters.

Bond is locked in a death trap in a medical lab in the middle of Berlin, London is going into meltdown as poisoned drugs are turning homes into abattoirs, and the only way to save Britain is the secret of someone or something called... VARGR.

You can purchase VARGR #5 at the Dynamite website. The sixth and final installment will be released on April 20.

A hardcover collected edition of all six issues will be released on June 21 and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

Thanks to Ben Wolowski.

UPDATE: Looks like this is delayed again until March 16.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

TRIGGER MORTIS UK paperback cover art is here!

Just yesterday I was asking why we hadn't yet seen cover art for the Trigger Mortis UK paperback. And now today here it is! As author Anthony Horowitz promised, "it's very blue." And I think breathtaking!


The Trigger Mortis UK paperback will be released by Orion on May 19, 2016 and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.co.uk.

Monday, March 7, 2016

TRIGGER MORTIS paperback: "It's very blue."

Doesn't it seem like we are long overdue for the Trigger Mortis UK paperback cover art? After all, the book comes out May 19. So I tweeted out this feeling to the powers that be and got this playful response from author Anthony Horowitz.


Hey, it's something! And this does tell us the artwork will not be just a sized down version of the hardcover art. So this is actually kind of exciting and will hold me...for now.

As for the U.S. paperback, publisher Harper Collins tells me that it is still "too soon" for the art. That edition comes out September 6, 2016.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

1960s JAMES BOND comics from Japan reprinted

In 1964 the famous Japanese artist Takao Saito produced four loose adaptations of the Ian Fleming novels Thunderball, The Man With The Golden Gun, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and Live And Let Die. The stories were serialized in a monthly comic book and then later collected. Even though they were officially licensed, Glidrose put a stop to the series in 1967.

After remaining out of print for many years, these adaptations are once again available in four collected editions from Big Comics. Tanner over at at the excellent spy blog Double O Section, who broke this news, has all four in hand and has posted a terrific overview and review here:


The new James Bond Japanese comic reprints can be purchased from Amazon.jp.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

JAMES BOND: VARGR #4 released (update)

Dynamite's James Bond VARGR #4 is released today.* This is the fourth installment in a six part graphic novel series by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters.

James Bond is alone in Berlin, with nothing but the clothes on his back and the gun in his hand. When help is offered from an unexpected source, Bond has no choice but to accept it - even though it may guarantee that he doesn't live through the night. Dynamite Entertainment proudly continues the first James Bond comic book series in over 20 years! "Ian Fleming's James Bond is an icon, and it's a delight to tell visual narratives with the original, brutal, damaged Bond of the books." - Warren Ellis

You can purchase VARGR #4 at the Dynamite website. Issue #5 is due out on March 2.

A hardcover collected edition of all six issues will be released on June 21 and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

*UPDATE: It appears the release is delayed until next week, Feb 10. Thanks to Viper007.

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