Wednesday, September 20, 2017

FOR SPECIAL SERVICES 1985 Coronet paperback

Continuing our look back at the 1985 UK Coronet paperbacks, here's John Gardner's second Bond novel For Special Services. Another great cover.


Check out the 1985 Coronet Licence Renewed and Role of Honour.

Friday, September 15, 2017

RED NEMESIS eBook now available in U.S.

Steve Cole's final Young Bond novel Red Nemesis is now available as a Kindle eBook in the U.S. The eBook is released by IFP and sports unique original cover art (below). Steve's four Young Bond novels have only been released as eBooks in the U.S.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

LICENCE RENEWED 1985 Coronet paperback

My Role of Honour 1985 Coronet paperback post seemed popular, so here now is the 1985 Coronet Licence Renewed. This was the third paperback incarnation of Gardner's first James Bond novel. Another cool cover, IMO.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

ROLE OF HONOUR 1985 Coronet paperback

It's been a while since I've had any news to post, so I thought today I'd share a favorite cover. I'm a sucker for covers that show Bond's car, and the new Bentley Mulsanne Turbo was a big part of John Gardner's fourth Bond adventure, Role of Honour, so this was a great choice of image.


This cover was among a batch of Gardner UK paperback revamps from Coronet released in 1985. If things stay slow, I'll share some more!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dynamite's MONEYPENNY released today

Today sees the release of Dynamite's one-shot James Bond 007 comic featuring the adventures of Miss Moneypenny.

By writer JODY HOUSER (Mother Panic, Faith) and new artist JACOB EDGAR, a never-before-told mission starring MONEYPENNY, friend of JAMES BOND, former MI6 field agent and bodyguard of M! On a 'routine' protection mission, Moneypenny discovers a complicated assassination plot that bears a startling resemblance to a terrorist attack from her childhood. Can she call upon her secret agent skills to stop the plot...?

Monneypenny can be purchased in-store or online via the Dynamite and Midtown Comics.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

November brings JAMES BOND: SOLSTICE

Dynamite continues to expand their James Bond 007 universe with yet another new release in November, James Bond: Solstice. Below is the cover and press release.

Dynamite Entertainment is excited to announce the upcoming release of James Bond: Solstice, the latest installment in their critically-acclaimed and ever-expanding James Bond universe. Multi Eisner-Award nominee Ibrahim Moustafa (Jaeger, High Crimes) has been named as both writer and artist on this visually stunning 30-page one shot, which is expected to hit shelves November 22, 2017.

In James Bond: Solstice, 007 accepts a mysterious, unofficial mission in Paris. He's to pursue a dangerous Russian, and do…what is necessary. But is Bond the hunter, or the hunted? Writer/Artist Ibrahim Moustafa said, "I am an absolute James Bond fanatic! I have a deep love of the character and his sense of duty within his world of smoky card rooms, tailored suits, refined tastes and eccentric villains. Like most, my affinity for the gentleman spy began with the film franchise, but the original literary version of Bond would eventually become my favorite iteration of the character. I was absolutely thrilled when Dynamite launched their James Bond series depicting Fleming's Bond in a modern context, and the opportunity to tell a story within that setting is quite literally a dream come true for me. Working with editor Nate Cosby has been one of the most rewarding collaborations that I've had working in comics, and I'm very grateful to the folks at Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. and Dynamite for the opportunity to send 007 on a mission of my very own!"

Ibrahim Moustafa is a comic book artist and writer from Portland, Oregon. His previous works include the Eisner nominated series' Jaeger and High Crimes from Stela and Dark Horse Comics respectively, Savage Things and Doctor Fate from DC/Vertigo, Mockingbird for Marvel Comics, and covers for Dynamite Entertainment, BOOM! Studios, IDW and Image Comics.

James Bond: Solstice will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in November. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of James Bond: Solstice with their local comic book retailers. James Bond: Solstice will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

IFP reveals new JAMES BOND hardcovers

Ian Fleming Publications has officially revealed the three new James Bond hardcovers to be released by Vintage Classic in the UK in November. The books include new introductions by John Cork.

Introducing, new Ian Fleming hardback special editions of 3 of James Bond's finest adventures. Vintage UK will be releasing these fantastic new editions of CASINO ROYALE, LIVE AND LET DIE and GOLDFINGER in November 2017. 
The editions include brand new introductions from Bond expert and writer John Cork, with scintillating new designs by Brisk Graphics artist Levente Szabo.

Pre-order from Amazon.co.uk: Casino Royale | Live and Let Die | Goldfinger.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

LINK: DANIEL CRAIG TO RETURN AS JAMES BOND

Official Press Release: Daniel Craig is returning to play 007 in Bond 25. The actor confirmed he would play James Bond for the fifth time to host Stephen Colbert on The Late Show last night. Bond 25 will be released in US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a traditional early release in the UK and the rest of the world.

Monday, August 14, 2017

New VINTAGE CLASSICS James Bond covers previewed

Draft covers for the upcoming Vintage Classic James Bond hardcovers have appeared on Amazon. Below are Casino Royale and Live and Let Die. If you click over to the CommaderBond.net Twitter, you can also see Goldfinger (which is not currently shown on Amazon). Very nice!


Thanks to CommanderBond.net on Twitter @CBn007.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Tabloid claims BOND 25 based on NEVER DREAM OF DYING

UK tabloid the Mirror has a splashy report that the next James Bond film will be based on Raymond Benson's 2001 continuation novel Never Dream of Dying.

James Bond will travel to Croatia in the 25th instalment of the 007 franchise. The film has the working title Shatterhand and the plot sees Daniel Craig’s spy battle a blind supervillain.
It is based on the 1999 [sic] thriller Never Dream Of Dying by US author Raymond Benson, who also wrote Bond books Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day and The World is Not Enough
The novel opens with a police raid on a French movie studio that goes badly wrong, while an actress with a sordid past leads Bond to his final target.

Before you get too excited, remember that in July 2013 the Sun reported that Bond 24 would be based on Sebastian Faulks 2008 continuation novel Devil May Care. That movie became SPECTRE. So I wouldn't go "Banco" on this news.

About the only thing I could see coming to pass is the use of the title Shatterhand. This, of course, is Blofeld's cover name in Ian Fleming's You Only Live Twice. If Daniel Craig returns (which has not yet been officially confirmed), I could see a continuation of the SPECTRE storyline in which Bond has his final battle with Blofeld a.k.a. Shatterhand in Japan. And it's a great title.

But what about the use continuation novels, Benson or otherwise? While elements from the continuation novels have appeared several times [read: Déjá vu, Mr. Bond], SPECTRE was the first Bond film to finally credit use of a continuation novel element, namely the torture scene from Colonel Sun. So it looks like continuation novels are now in the mix. And Never Dream of Dying, which finds Bond in the world of the movie business, is a terrific book.

Never Dream of Dying U.S. and UK first editions.

At the moment, the only official news about the next James Bond film is that it will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2019.

UPDATE: Raymond Benson has posted the following to his Facebook:

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