Monday, October 17, 2016

HAMMERHEAD exclusive from CBLDF

The first issue of Dynamite's James Bond HAMMERHEAD six-part miniseries is out now, and CBLDF (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) has this terrific exclusive cover that evokes the British Pan paperbacks of the 1950s. Love it!

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.

It looks like this exclusive might be tricky to track down. I refer you to the CBLDF website for details. You can buy the regular issue via Dynamite.

Thanks to Tanner at Double O Section for the alert.

Sunday, October 16, 2016


In 1992, Dark Horse Comics took over the James Bond comic license and released Serpent's Tooth written by Doug Moench with art by Paul Gulacy. The graphic novel originally appeared in 3 issues. It was later collected into a trade paperback edition.

Collected edition.

Individual issues.

In Serpent's Tooth, 007 battles the villainous Indigo who plans to cause massive tsunamis that will wipe out 83% of the world population (he'll rule the rest). Locations include Switzerland and Peru. The Bond Girl is Sunny Vasquez. The henchman comes in the form of Goliath, a genetically altered 009. The story slips somewhat into the world of sci-fi. Bond even battles a genetically reborn Velociraptor!

Serpent’s Tooth abounds in Bondian action, both gritty and high concert. It's very cinematic, and at the time of release, it nicely filled the void left by the "6 year gap" of the films. In fact, in many ways it feels like the large scale "fantastic" third Dalton film that we never got.

According to artist Paul Gulacy, Glidrose (now IFP) deemed Serpent’s Tooth the best non-Fleming James Bond story of them all — including all the films and continuation novels up to that point. It's definitely one of my favorite Bond graphic novels.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


In 1989, Eclipse would attempt to revive the long dormant world of James Bond comics with Permission To Die, an original James Bond "graphic novel" written and illustrated by Mike Grell. While the first two issues were released in 1989, the concluding issue # 3 would not appear until 1991. A rare collected edition was published in 1992.

Collected edition.

Individual issues.

In Permission To Die, Bond battles Dr. Erik Wiziadio who seeks to destroy Victoria, British Columbia to prove the need for world disarmament. The Bond Girl is Edaine Gayla and locations are England, Hungary, Austria, and Idaho (yes, Idaho).

The story contains some interesting nods to the films and continuation novels. Bond drives the Aston Martin DB5 (six years before the DB5 would return in GoldenEye). He also uses the John Gardner-era ASP 9mm handgun. Grell always claimed that his model for 007 was based on Hoagy Carmichael, whom Fleming once said was his visual idea of what James Bond looked like.

Eclipse would also release an adaptation of Timothy Dalton's 1989 Bond film Licence To Kill,  illustrated by Grell. Writing duties were handled by Richard Ashford. Published in a magazine size hardback and paperback, it’s been said that Dalton would not allow his likeness to be used, so a generic Bond was used.

Licence To Kill and Permission To Die would be the only Bond comics from Eclipse.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Folio Society releases new FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

The Folio Society, who last year released a beautiful illustrated slipcased edition of Casino Royale, have now released Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love.

Named as Ian Fleming’s finest novel in numerous polls, and described by the author as, ‘In many respects, my best book’, this nail-biting thriller sees 007 ensnared by an elaborate plot devised by the Soviet counter-intelligence agency, SMERSH. Set among the bazaars and minarets of Istanbul, and aboard the Orient Express, the novel features some of the series’ most memorable characters. The ebullient and dissipated Darko Kerim reigns over ‘Station T’ with the help of his many children, and becomes Bond’s firm comrade. Rosa Klebb is the repugnant SMERSH operations chief whose weaponry includes a boot concealing a poison-tipped knife; Red Grant is the terrifying psychopath whose lust for murder has made him Chief Executioner. Tatiana Romanova is the ravishing, guileless instrument of a deadly honeytrap designed to destroy and defame the Secret Service’s greatest agent. This elegant edition features a pictorial slipcase and alluring illustrations by Fay Dalton, whose work also appears in the Folio edition of Casino Royale.

Bound in blocked cloth
Set in Miller Text
272 pages
Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations
Printed slipcase
9˝ x 6¼˝

The From Russia With Love Folio Edition is priced at $59.95 and is available now from the Folio Society website.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Huge news today! IFP has announced that Anthony Horowitz will return to pen a second James Bond novel to be published in 2018. Here's the full press release from The Bookseller.

Novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz is writing a new James Bond novel for "Ian Fleming’s original publisher", Vintage imprint Jonathan Cape.

Horowitz was invited to write a second official James Bond novel by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd after the success of his 2015 bestseller, Trigger Mortis, published by Orion in September last year.

The news Jonathan Cape will publish the new Bond book follows swiftly on the heels of news Horowitz is writing a new series of 'whodunnit’ crime novels for Century and Arrow.

As yet untitled, the setting will be "period Bond" and the story will again feature previously unpublished material by Fleming.

UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired for Cape by Richard Cable, m.d. of Vintage, and Michal Shavit, publishing director at Jonathan Cape, to publish in spring 2018. Rights were sold in the English language by Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown, on behalf of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd and The Ian Fleming Estate.

Cable said: "We are delighted to welcome Anthony Horowitz and a new James Bond novel to Jonathan Cape, Ian Fleming’s publisher. Anthony’s first Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, was a great critical and commercial success, and we know that there are thousands of Bond fans who will be thrilled that Anthony has taken on the challenge once again."

Horowitz said: "Writing Trigger Mortis was a pleasure and I was delighted by the positive response when it was published. And I was thrilled when the Ian Fleming estate asked me to come back. How could I refuse? I can't wait to return to the world of James Bond."

Horowitz is the fourth author in recent years to be invited by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd to write an official Bond novel, following in the footsteps of William Boyd, whose Solo was published in 2013, the American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, who wrote Carte Blanche in 2011, and Sebastian Faulks, whose Devil May Care was published to mark Ian Fleming’s centenary in 2008.

Horowitz has written over 40 books including the teen spy series Alex Rider, which is estimated to have sold 19m copies worldwide and was adapted into the movie "Stormbreaker" in 2006. He is also a writer for adults and was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel. The House of Silk was published in November 2011, selling more than 35 countries around the world. He is also behind television series including "Midsomer Murders" and "Foyle's War".

Corinne Turner, m.d. of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, said: "We are absolutely thrilled that Anthony Horowitz is going to write a second James Bond novel with inspiration again from original Fleming material, and of course delighted that Bond will be back home at Jonathan Cape. Trigger Mortis was a superb book, full of energy, wit, twists and turns, and we can’t wait to see what Anthony comes up with next."

Horowitz last night (3rd October) launched Magpie Murders, a standalone crime novel inspired by Agatha Christie and the golden age of crime fiction, which publishes on Thursday (6th October). In the spirit of the night, attendees were asked to solve a riddle to find the venue, the 1901 Art Club, where an intimate gathering took place.

In addition to Trigger Mortis, Orion has also published a set of Sherlock Holmes novels by Horowitz, including The House of Silk.

Thanks to Double O Section for first alerting me to the news.

Monday, October 3, 2016

FELIX LEITER spin off comic coming in 2017

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Eisner Award-winning writer James Robinson and artist Aaron Campbell will team up for a new James Bond coming book miniseries spotlighting Bond’s friend and ally in the CIA, Felix Leiter.

"Felix Leiter is a fantastically interesting character," says writer James Robinson in a statement. "He combines the best elements of the James Bond universe with the dark alleys and darker deeds of crime fiction. A private detective, done with a life of spying, who is constantly dragged back into that world, like it or not. I'm excited for readers to see the tale of intrigue and big action that I've dreamed up for Felix."

"I've been a lifelong fan of James' writing and it's beyond a thrill to be working with him on not one, but two comic book projects this year," says Joseph Rybandt, Executive Editor at Dynamite. "The expansion of the 007 comic book world this time out focuses on his American counter-part, Felix Leiter, and sends him into Japan. It's a trip all Bond fans are going to want to take this January!"

Felix Leiter appeared in Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, Goldfinger, Thunderball, and The Man with the Golden Gun. In Live and Let Die, Felix is the victim of a shark attack in which he loses part of his right arm and left leg, sporting prosthetic limbs during his subsequent appearances. In this new miniseries, we meet Leiter post-injuries and working independently from the CIA at his own detective agency.

James Bond: Felix Leiter #1 is slated for release in January 2017.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Pre-order the collected EIDOLON hardcover (March 2017)

A hardcover collecting Dynamite's second James Bond 007 story arc EIDOLON is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Release date shows as March 21, 2017.

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 and featuring artwork by Jason Masters.

Pre-order the collected James Bond 007: EIDOLON at (U.S.) and (UK).

Friday, September 23, 2016

STRIKE LIGHTNING eBook now available in U.S.

Steve Cole's latest Young Bond novel Strike Lightning is now available as a Kindle eBook in the U.S. from IFP. As always, they've created unique original cover art for the eBook release. So far, Steve's Young Bond novels have only been released as eBooks in the U.S.

A HARD MAN TO KILL on new Ian Fleming website

Ian Fleming Publications has launched a completely redesigned website today. Browsing the new site offerings, I spotted what appears to be an upcoming eBook edition of Charlie Higson's Young Bond short story, A Hard Man To Kill.

A Hard Man To Kill was first published in 2009 as part of the book Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier. The story is set between the books Hurricane Gold and By Royal Command and takes place aboard an ocean liner. It's an excellent story that also sees the return of Wilder Lawless from SilverFin. This marks its first availability in a solo edition.

While A Hard Man To Kill is listed in the new Ian Fleming website shop, the "Buy Now" link doesn't yet work, so consider this one a preview.

Check out the new Ian Fleming website at You can also follow on Twitter and Facebook.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

RED NEMESIS pre-order and plot description

Steve Cole's fourth Young Bond adventure Red Nemesis is now available for pre-order at As with the last two books, Red Nemesis will be released simultaneously in hardcover and paperback. It's due for release on May 4, 2017.

Amazon has also revealed a plot description:

James is back in Steve Cole's fourth and final blistering Young Bond adventure . . .

James is on home soil when he receives a package with a message from beyond the grave. The package’s mysterious contents put James at the heart of a long-running plot that, if it runs its course, will paint London’s streets red with blood. Not only will James have to fight to stay alive and save the country he loves, but to clear the Bond family name, which he holds so dear. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and James doesn’t know who he can trust . . .

This year has seen the release of two Young Bond books, Heads You Die and the excellent Strike Lightning. The plot description confirms that this will be Steve Cole's final Young Bond novel.

Pre-order Red Nemesis at


Receive updates by Email