Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tomorrow's Nemesis

Tomorrow at 9AM PST (4PM GMT) I will reveal cover art for the hardcover edition of Steve Cole's next Young Bond adventure Red Nemesis. The book is due for release in the UK on May 4.

Monday, March 13, 2017

JAMES BOND JR. Marvel Comics

From January through December 1992 Marvel released a monthly James Bond Jr. comic book based on the animated TV series running at this same time. The comics featured the adventures of 007's nephew James Bond (why would he be a "Jr"?), Gordo Leiter ("Radical dude!") Horace Boothroyd (aka I.Q.) and Tracy Milbanks (Tracy - get it?). The group battled Jaws and other agents of S.C.U.M. (Saboteurs and Criminals United in Mayhem). The comics were well done with some fun covers, as you can see below (click to enlarge).


You can learn more about James Bond Jr. HERE.

Thanks to Athena Stamos.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

FOR SALE: Limited O.H.M.S.S. signed by Ian Fleming

The legendary Richard Schenkman, who for years ran the James Bond (American) Fan Club and published Bondage magazine, is offering for sale his copy of the limited signed On Her Majesty's Secret Service. This was Ian Fleming's only signed limited edition; it was published simultaneously with the first trade edition on April 1, 1963.

This is one of the most sought after and valuable of all the James Bond Fleming firsts. According to Richard, his copy is "in very fine condition, including the original plastic jacket, and it's numbered 124."




If you are interested in this superb collectible, CLICK HERE to email Richard.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

James Bond EIDOLON collected hardcover released

The collected hardcover edition of Dynamite's second James Bond 007 story arc EIDOLON is released today.

James Bond is trapped in Los Angeles with a MI6 agent under fire and a foreign intelligence service trying to put them both in bags... and possibly more than one foreign intelligence service. And things may not be any safer in Britain, with bodies dropping and ghosts moving in the political mist...

Collecting issues #7-12 of the ongoing James Bond comic book series written by Warren Ellis, the New York Times bestselling author of Gun Machine and critically-acclaimed comic book writer (Iron Man, Planetary, Astonishing X-Men), and featuring artwork by Jason Masters (Batman Incorporated).

Purchased the collected James Bond 007: EIDOLON at Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Michael Gillette does BARBAROSSA

German publisher Cross Cult continues to release the John Gardner James Bond novels with cover art by Michael Gillette that match his 2008 Centenary editions. Next up is Gardner's 1991 novel The Man From Barbarossa, due for release in October 2017.


Thanks to CommanderBond.net on Twitter for the alert. Click here to see more covers.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

James Bond BLACK BOX starts today

Dynamite's next James Bond 007 story arc Black Box starts today with issue #1. The story is by Benjamin Percy with artwork by Rapha Lobosco. The issue comes in four variant covers. The image here is Cover D by Goni Montes.

The next epic adventure for 007 kicks off in the snowbound French Alps, where Bond finds himself in the crosshairs of an assassin who targets other assassins. This is the first puzzle piece in a larger adrenaline-fueled mystery that will send Bond across the globe to investigate a digital breach that threatens global security.

You can purchase Black Box #1 at Amazon.com. Issue #2 is set for release on March 1, 2017.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Steve Cole YOUNG BOND novels coming to Germany

Steve Cole's first two Young Bond novels, Shoot To Kill and Heads You Die, will be released in Germany in May with translations by Leo H. Strohm. Below are the (okay) covers.


Thanks to CommanderBond.net on Twitter.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Special IAN FLEMING edition of The Book Collector

The Spring number of The Book Collector will be a special issue on the theme “Ian Fleming & Book Collecting”. Fleming was the publisher of The Book Collector from its start and its principal shareholder from 1955 until his death.

Spring 2017 marks the 65th anniversary of the magazine’s launch, and the first anniversary of The Book Collector’s reversion to the Fleming family, after 50 years, in the person of James Fleming, the novelist’s nephew.

Contributors to the issue will include Fergus Fleming, editor of Ian Fleming’s letters, on “Ian Fleming and The Book Collector”, Joel Silver, Director of the Lilly Library, Indiana University, on “Books That Had Started Something: Ian Fleming’s Book Collection”, and Nicolas Barker, for 50 years Editor of The Book Collector, on his former editorial colleague, “Percy Muir: Ian Fleming’s Bookseller”.

Jon Gilbert, compiler of the prize-winning Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, writes on “Collecting Ian Fleming”, and Sheila Markham interviews two Fleming collectors, Michael L. VanBlaricum and Jeremy Miles.

Other contributions consider Ian Fleming’s friend the typographic designer Robert Harling, who too was a novelist, Richard Chopping, designer of most of the James Bond dust-jackets, and the output of Fleming’s publishing imprint, the Queen Anne Press.

All who are subscribers on February 26th 2017 will automatically receive a copy of the Ian Fleming Special. There will also be a limited edition for collectors set on hot metal and signed by James and Fergus Fleming.

For more details and to subscribe visit The Book Collector online.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dynamite announces JAMES BOND: SERVICE for May

Dynamite has announced a new James Bond "oversized special" titled SERVICE due out in May. Below is the cover and press release.

KIERON GILLEN WRITES SPY THRILLER TOUR DE FORCE
IN ALL-NEW, OVERSIZED JAMES BOND SPECIAL!

DYNAMITE WELCOMES GILLEN AND ARTIST ANTONIO FUSO FOR JAMES BOND: SERVICE, COMING THIS MAY!
February 20, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment introduces an all-new take on the icon of espionage in an upcoming oversized special written by Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars: Darth Vader) and drawn by Antonio Fuso (Torchwood, Drive)!

In contemporary politics, where Britain's world standing is often more zero than 007, an assassin plans to exterminate the "special relationship," and lead Britain and the United States into a very dark place...especially when he does so by aiming down the sights of an ancient Enfield rifle! It'll test Bond's deadly talents to their limits, in order to defeat the assassin and avert certain geopolitical disaster...

"A chance to write a British icon is something that's basically irresistible," says writer Kieron Gillen. "This is like getting to write the sun rising. You've known it all your life, but this time it's yours. I wanted to do a story that was classically Bond, but spoke to Britain as it is, and Britain as it was. In short: I was looking for any excuse for Bond to use a Sten-gun."

Artist Antonio Fuso says, "James Bond means England, and I love England. I also love spy stories, black suits, deadly pocket guns, smart smiles, and Kieron's scripts. Read this book, spread the love, and God save the Queen."

Regarding his collaboration with artist Antonio Fuso, Gillen adds, "It's a thrill working with Antonio, whose modern lines lean into a realistic take on a modern Bond."

"Kieron Gillen is undoubtedly one of the best writers, and among the best-loved, in comics today, and it's an absolute honor to now work with him on one of Dynamite's most celebrated titles," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "Ian Fleming's James Bond is perhaps the most elevated of intellectual properties in the history of pop culture, an icon whose mere mention evokes a sense of class and distinction. We're proud to bring such high caliber writers to this franchise: Warren Ellis, Andy Diggle, James Robinson, Benjamin Percy, and now Kieron Gillen. Partner him with a hot talent like Antonio Fuso, and we've got the perfect team for an explosive, done-in-one thriller!"

"I'm delighted to be working with Kieron for the first time," says Joe Rybandt, Executive Editor. "He's a fantastic writer and a tremendous asset to the ever-expanding world of James Bond comics from Dynamite."

James Bond: Service will be released as a 48-page special, solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' March 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in May. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers. James Bond: Service will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Thanks to Stephan Backman's James Bond The Secret Agent blog.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

LINK: Interview with NATHANIEL PARKER

The official Ian Fleming website has an interview with Nathaniel Parker, the stage and voice actor who has narrated all the Young Bond audiobooks. Click the headline to read.


Parker will be narrating the next Young Bond, Red Nemesis.

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