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

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 (U.S.) and (UK).

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

Sunday, January 31, 2016

JAMES BOND: VARGR collected edition available for pre-order

A hardcover collected edition of Dynamite's James Bond VARGR graphic novel will be released on June 21, 2016 and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.

The six part series is written by Warren Ellis with art by Jason Masters and Dom Reardon. The storyline, which finds Bond in action in Helsinki and Berlin, is currently playing out in individual issues with #4 due out on Wednesday.

Cover art for this collected edition has not yet been released.

Pre-order the collected VARGR at (U.S.) and (UK).

With thanks to Tanner at Double O Section.

Friday, January 29, 2016

"Tatiana" sells at auction

Stephan Bäckman reports on his excellent James Bond blog that an original painting of Tatiana Romanova by Richard Harvey sold at auction today for $594. Here's the image and description from the Swann auction website.

"Tatiana." Chalk and airbrush on paper showing a voluptuous woman lounging in bed, as James Bond, seen reflected in the mirror above the headboard, dons his robe. 394x559 mm; 15 1/2x22 inches, sight size. Unsigned but with publisher's label on verso. Illustration for "From Russia with Love" by Ian Fleming, published by The Reader's Digest in the 1980s; chosen and exhibited at The Society of Illustrators. Archivally matted and framed.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

JAMES BOND: VARGR #3 released

Dynamite's James Bond VARGR #3 is released today. This is the third installment in a six part graphic novel series by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters.

Bond is on his way to break up a small, agile drug-trafficking operation in Berlin. The truth about what he's walking into is bigger, scarier and much more lethal. Berlin is about to catch fire, and James Bond is trapped inside. Dynamite Entertainment proudly continues the "VARGR" storyline, the debut chapter of the ongoing James Bond saga as written by industry legend Warren Ellis and illustrated by Jason Masters!

You can purchase VARGR #3 and see variant covers and sample pages at the Dynamite website. Issue #4 is due out February 3.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Steve Cole updates YOUNG BOND progress

Steve Cole has posted to his official blog an update on his progress with his Young Bond books:

"Well, since last I wrote I’ve written two drafts of my third Young Bond, finished off the second Young Bond, and been visiting a lot of schools and theatres."

Steve has been commissioned to write four Young Bond novels. His first, Shoot To Kill, was released in 2014. His next, Heads You Die, will be released in the UK on May 5, 2016.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

SPECTRE on Blu-ray and DVD, February 9, 2016

I don't think this has been officially announced yet, but according to, the new James Bond film SPECTRE will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. on February 9, 2016.

The latest Bond film pulled from a host of literary sources, including: Thunderball, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, Octopussy and Colonel Sun (the Kingsley Amis estate even gets an acknowledgement in the credits).

Pre-order SPECTRE on Blu-ray or DVD from Amazon.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Season's Greetings from IFP

Ian Fleming Publications have sent out a holiday card using artwork inspired by their big 2015 release, Trigger Mortis.

The Book Bond

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A tale of three silhouettes

Here's another international James Bond paperback with cover features worth taking a closer look at. What I like about this 1990 Portuguese edition of John Gardner's Win Lose or Die is that two of three 007 silhouettes that grace the cover were never used on the Berkley paperbacks of the 1980s (and later on the Benson paperbacks).

The silhouette on the right you'll recognize as first appearing on the U.S. paperback edition of License Renewed and later on the John Gardner hardcovers. But those other two never found their way onto any book as far as I know. I especially like the one on the left that shows Bond reaching into his jacket. You'll also notice that the "James Bond" title treatment is from the Berkley editions, and the background is similar to that used on the UK hardcover of Scorpius, so this is an interesting combination of elements.

And if you think I'm silly for obsessing on silhouettes, check out: SILHOUETTE-GATE.

Happy Holidays to all.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mixed BOND

James Bond with Sean Connery's head and Roger Moore's body gazes out at us from the cover of a 1991 Italian edition of Scorpius by John Gardner. I like the title treatment with the scorpion and the Avante Carte logo behind OO7. And Bond against a light streaked marble wall kinda recalls SPECTRE.

Scorpius was John Gardner's seventh James Bond novel. It was first published by Putnam in the U.S. on May 9, 1988. UK publication by Hodder & Stoughton was on June 2, 1988 (one of the few Bond novels to be published first in the U.S. first).

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

U.S. TRIGGER MORTIS paperback in September now has a listing for the U.S. paperback edition of Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz. Release date shows as September 6, 2016 from Harper Paperbacks. No cover art yet.

The UK paperback from Orion will be released May 5, 2016.

Pre-order the Trigger Mortis U.S. paperback at

Friday, December 11, 2015

Another unofficial JAMES BOND novel hits the market

Another unofficial James Bond novel, BOND on the ROCKS by Curtis Cook, has been self-published under the Berne Convention's "life plus 50" rule of copyright, which, apparently, puts James Bond in the public domain in several counties (not just Canada, according to this book). Below in the cover and plot description:

James Bond faces his most diabolical challenge of all time -- modern life. The cultural icon that role-modeled behavior of men for generations was pushed into retirement 20 years earlier in a feminist rebellion at Regents Park. He has blown through the personal fortune he accumulated as an irresistible and heavy-drinking super spy and survives on a modest pension in a world stumbling toward globalization, privatization and war. He is a jobless senior citizen on the brink of losing his Chelsea flat to the bank. "Very sad, very troubling but actually very funny all at once. We witness the real-world frailties, humiliations, joys, quirks and anguish of human struggle that the mythical hero has always managed to keep off-camera."

Mary Goodnight calls on him and is appalled at the pathetic version of the man she had once served and loved. She connects him with the former 006 who is now CEO of a flourishing private corporation in the emerging international security industry. Despite misgivings over the loyalties and principles of private enterprise, Bond finds the incentives, perks and female staff highly appealing. He is dispatched to Saddam Hussein's Baghdad to locate and buy off a Russian physicist who absconded with plans for an advanced missile defense system. But the physicist is a stubborn, Soviet-era Communist who resists all offers to relocate to the West. With a major bonus at stake, Bond resorts to enhanced interrogation to uncover the missing plans - a bad move.

Banned in the U.S., "Bond on the Rocks" (unsanctioned by the Franchise) is still available at reasonable cost in Canada, Japan, Cuba, New Zealand, China and many other countries that adhere to the "life plus 50" rule of the Berne Convention.

Unlike the recently released Licence Expired, Bond on the Rocks is currently available on the U.S. Amazon. It also says inside that it's "Printed in the USA." Seems this one is pushing the Bern Convention rule, so if you want it, I would act fast. I'm still amazed this is happening at all.


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