Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Dynamite announces HAMMERHEAD by Andy Diggle

Dynamite has announced the next author and storyline for their James Bond 007 comic: Hammerhead written by Andy Diggle with art by Luca Casalanguida. The first issue will launch in October. Below is the full press release:

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON ANNOUNCEMENT:
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES JAMES BOND: HAMMERHEAD!

Andy Diggle, Writer of Detective Comics and The Losers, Pens an
All-New Six-Issue 007 Comic Book Miniseries With Artist Luca Casalanguida

July 19, 2016, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Andy Diggle -- the British writer who redefined Green Arrow at DC Comics, developed the groundbreaking series The Losers at Vertigo, thrilled readers with an incredible Daredevil run at Marvel, and scripted the critically acclaimed Dynamite tale of international intrigue, Uncanny --now lends his skills to the original international man of mystery in James Bond: Hammerhead, a six-issue miniseries premiering in October! The first issue, illustrated by Luca Casalanguida, features three covers, including new work by Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie), Robert Hack (Sabrina, The Black Hood), and Ron Salas (Six Million Dollar Man)!

In Hammerhead #1, Bond is assigned to hunt down and eliminate Kraken, a radical anti-capitalist who has targeted Britain's newly-upgraded nuclear arsenal. But all is not as it seems. Hidden forces are plotting to rebuild the faded glory of the once-mighty British Empire, and retake by force what was consigned to history. 007 is a cog in their deadly machine - but is he an agent of change, or an agent of the status quo? Loyalties will be broken, allegiances challenged. But in an ever-changing world, there's one man you can rely on: Bond. James Bond.

"I have never been more thrilled to take charge of a character. James Bond has been with me from childhood, and his influence runs through almost everything I've ever written" says writer Andy Diggle. "Like all truly iconic characters, Bond remains timeless, reinventing himself for each new generation while remaining true to the core of Ian Fleming's original creation. By bringing the Bond of the novels into the present-day world, with all its challenges and complexities, we get the best of both worlds - Fleming's dispassionate ‘blunt instrument' in a post-Cold War landscape of mass surveillance, drone strikes and WMDs."

"I'm delighted to be working again with Andy Diggle, who is a true natural when it comes to this material," says Joseph Rybandt, Executive Editor. "Also, Luca Casalanguida is one of the best artists to come across my desk in years. It's a wonderful combination and a true artistic and natural expansion to our modern Bond world."

"Andy Diggle's brand of intrigue fits perfectly with James Bond," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "When we talked about writers to tackle our first James Bond miniseries outside of Warren Ellis' incredible storylines VARGR and EIDOLON (from the ongoing James Bond issues #1-6 and #7-12, respectively), Andy's name was at the top of our list. This new mini is the perfect addition to Dynamite's growing library of James Bond!"

James Bond: Hammerhead #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' August 2016 Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of James Bond with their local comic book retailers. James Bond: Hammerhead will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

The current James Bond 007 story arc is EIDOLON by Warren Ellis with art by Jason Masters. The first arc, VARGR, is now available in a collected edition.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Steve Cole teases STRIKE LIGHTNING details

In response to a fan, Young Bond author Steve Cole teased some Strike Lightning plot details via Twitter:


Strike Lightning will be released in the UK on September 1, 2016. You can pre-order the limited hardcover and paperback at Amazon.co.uk. This is Steve's third Young Bond novel.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Young Bond STRIKE LIGHTNING cover art revealed

Cover art for the limited hardcover and paperback editions of Steve Cole's upcoming Young Bond novel, Strike Lightning, have been revealed.

Limited edition hardcover.

Paperback edition.

Strike Lightning will be released in the UK on September 1, 2016. You can pre-order the limited hardcover and paperback at Amazon.co.uk. This is Steve Cole's third Young Bond novel.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dynamite's CASINO ROYALE graphic novel in November

Amazon now has a listing for a Dynamite hardcover graphic novel of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale written by Van Jensen with art by Matthew Southworth. Release date shows as November 22, 2016.

Ian Fleming's literary debut of British Secret Service agent 007 is stylishly adapted to the sequential art medium by Van Jensen and Matt Southworth in the official James Bond: Casino Royale graphic novel. Sent to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux, Bond aims to eliminate the threat of the deadly Le Chiffre by bankrupting the ruthless SMERSH operative at the baccarat table. However, when the luck of the draw favors his enemy, 007 becomes the target of assassins and torturers in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse.

You can pre-order the Casino Royale graphic novel at Amazon (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

Friday, July 8, 2016

MOONRAKER (1963)

This is a 13th paperback edition of Ian Fleming's Moonraker published by Pan Books in 1963. I've always thought the Bond on the cover here looks suspiciously like Fleming's cousin, Christopher Lee.


Title: Moonraker
Author: Ian Fleming
Year: 1963
Edition: 13th Printing
Publisher: PAN Books

Also seeJAMES BOND UK first edition paperbacks 1955-1979.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

James Bond 007: VARGR collected hardcover released

A hardcover edition collecting all six issues of Dynamite's James Bond 007: VARGR comic is out now. The collection also includes all the variant cover art.

The six part VARGR was written by Warren Ellis with art by Jason Masters and Dom Reardon. The storyline finds Bond in action in Helsinki, Berlin and Norway.

You can purchase the collected James Bond 007: VARGR at Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

Warren Ellis' second story arc, EIDOLON, begins in James Bond #7 available now.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Casino Royale (1959) UK paperback

This is a 4th paperback edition of Casino Royale by Ian Fleming published by Great Pan in 1959. Love the cover art by Peff and the copy on the back. I also like that the grey matches the UK hardcover.


Title: Casino Royale
Author: Ian Fleming
Year: 1959
Edition: 4th Printing
Publisher: PAN Books (Great Pan)

Also seeJAMES BOND UK first edition paperbacks 1955-1979.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

EIDOLON begins today in James Bond #7

Dynamite's second story arc, EIDOLON, begins today in James Bond #7. The story is again written by Warren Ellis with art by Jason Masters.

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.

You can purchase James Bond #7 at the Dynamite website. A hardcover collected edition of the previous story, VARGR, will be released on July 5 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

LINK: Exclusive Interview With James Bond Comic Book Writer Warren Ellis

The excellent Double O Section spy blog has an exclusive interview with Warren Ellis, who has penned two James Bond graphic novels, VARGR and the upcoming EIDOLON. Click on the headline to have a read.

"I never really thought of myself as an 'official' 007 continuation author before. I quite like that. Thank you." -Warren Ellis

A hardcover collected edition of VARGR (James Bond #1-6) will be released on July 5 and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK). Eidolon begins in James Bond #7.

Monday, June 20, 2016

LINK: How the U.S. TRIGGER MORTIS cover came to be

Stephan Bäckman at the excellent James Bond Secret Agent blog has a terrific post about how artist Patrick Léger created the retro cover art for the upcoming U.S. paperback edition of Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz. The post includes different cover designs sketched by the artist. Click on the headline or link below to have a read.

This is how the US paperback TRIGGER MORTIS cover came to be.

The Trigger Mortis paperback will be released on September 6, 2016. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Craig is indeed out, but not for the reasons you think


So this is a blog devoted to the literary James Bond and I don't typically get involved in the "who's going to be the next Bond" whatnot. Also, frankly, my interest in the Bond films is waning. After Daniel Craig, I'm pretty much planning on checking out and just enjoying the movies as a viewer, not a pundit. My life and fandom have also shifted. My other blog, WILD ABOUT HARRY, is my true passion, and the life of Houdini is where I now devote my time and energy. This is why The Book Bond has been less active these days.

Why am I telling you all this? Because I have no stake in this, and I don't have any opinions about who should be the new Bond. I also have no relationship or involvement with Eon. So I'll just share what I've heard from people who I trust and have been right before. Take this for whatever you feel it's worth.

Yes, Craig is indeed out. But the media spin that he's walked away way from a billion dollar offer is just that, spin. Eon always let their Bond actors announce that they are the one's who decided to resign their license to kill. What I've heard is Eon and Barbara Broccoli are the ones who are done with Craig who wanted more control as a "producer." Recall that he was give a producer credit on SPECTRE, which was a first for any Bond actor. So Craig has become a pain and Barbara is over him and ready to move on. Also, with no studio yet in place to distribute the next film, the promise of a clean slate has its own appeal.

As far of Tom Hiddleston is concerned, I've heard nothing about him or any replacement.

So there you go. I do think this has the smell of truth about it. But those of us who lived through the days of the Roger Moore contract battles, it's in our bones to never say never. So if Craig does come back for a fifth film, I will be very happy to have been wrong. Because I do think he's the best Bond ever.

Now back to books.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

From Russia With Love (1986) Italian paperback

Here's a 1986 Italian paperback edition of Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love from publisher Oscar Mondadori. One of my favorite covers.

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