Friday, May 26, 2017

MONEYPENNY joins the Dynamite James Bond lineup

Miss Moneypenny will be leaping into action in the next one-off James Bond 007 graphic novel from Dynamite. Moneypenny is written by Jody Houser (hey, I know her!) with artwork by Jacob Edgar and a cover by Tula Lotay.

"As someone who came to James Bond late (much to the horror of many of my friends), the idea that I'd get to play in that world is amazing," Houser said in a statement from Dynamite. "Writing a character like Moneypenny and exploring what makes her different from the more familiar MI6 operative has been a blast. In this story, we'll get a look at exactly how she operates and some of the events that made her the woman she is."

Monneypenny will be released in August.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dynamite sends 007 into SERVICE

Dynamite has released a 43-page special one-off James Bond adventure titled SERVICE by Kieron Gillen.

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 stand-alone, oversized special written by Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Di... ) and drawn by Antonio Fuso (Torchwood, Drive) with their thrilling take on the icon of espionage. Featuring a cover by Jamie McKelvie (The Wicked + The Divine)!

SERVICE is available from comic book retailers and on Amazon in print and digital editions. Signed copies are available from Forbidden Planet in the UK.

The "real" JAMES BOND

Yesterday Sir Roger Moore died at age 89. Bond fans have been pouring out their grief and also sharing their memories of the man who made more official James Bond movies than any other actor.

As I posted yesterday, Roger Moore was my James Bond. In fact, the very first image I ever saw of James Bond was this 1974 Signet tie-in edition of Ian Fleming's The Man With The Golden Gun. When I finally saw my first James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever (the ABC television premiere), I remember feeling confused and a little disappointed that the man in the movie was not the sleek, cool guy from this book cover -- the "real" James Bond.


Roger Moore has graced many book covers as the quintessential representation of James Bond. In 1990, a full set of the Ian Fleming novels were released in Turkey, all sporting original Roger Moore artwork. In 1985 a set of four Find Your Fate novels were published with terrific Roger covers. He's also shown up on many of the John Gardner novels.


And of all the tributes and articles about Roger yesterday, this piece by A.O. Scott in the New York Times really resonated with me personally, and very much nailed why I consider Roger Moore my Bond and, yes, maybe even the "best" Bond.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Farewell ROGER MOORE

You will always be my James Bond.

October 14, 1927 - May 23, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Folio Society releases DR. NO

The Folio Society has released an illustrated slip-cased edition of Ian Fleming's classic Dr. No.

Continuing our best-selling James Bond series, this alluring edition of Dr No once again features the talents of Fay Dalton, who has provided seven stunning images and a slipcase image portraying the unforgettable Honeychile Rider.
Bound in blocked cloth
Set in Miller Text with Folio
256 pages
Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations
Printed slipcase
9” x 6¼” 

The Dr. No Folio Edition is priced at $59.95 and is available now from the Folio Society website.

Also available are the Folio Society's illustrated editions of Casino Royale and From Russia With Love (pictured below).

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Horowitz says new Bond has a "killer" first line

Anthony Horowitz told the BBC that he opens his new James Bond novel with a "killer" first line.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Horowitz said the opening line was the "only reason" he wanted to write the novel, which is expected to be released in 2018 - but he could not reveal the book's first words. He said one of the first chapters of the book will be based on a story outline written by Ian Fleming for a TV series that was never made.

This man knows how to tease!

You can listen to the full interview at BBC Radio 5. Horowitz's "James Bond book 2" will be released by Jonathan Cape in the UK in 2018.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

HAMMERHEAD collected hardcover now shipping

While the official release date is May 23, it appears the collected hardcover edition of Dynamite's HAMMERHEAD miniseries by Andy Diggle and Luca Casalanguida is now shipping from Amazon.

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.

Purchase the collected HAMMERHEAD at Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

The next collected edition will be Black Box. Release date is November 7, 2017. It's available for pre-order now at Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

STEVE COLE's farewell present

Check out this tweet from the now former Young Bond author Steve Cole.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

RED NEMESIS working titles revealed

In an interview at the official Ian Fleming Publications website, author Steve Cole revealed two unused working titles for his just released final Young Bond novel, Red Nemesis:

"For the synopsis it was named On Moscow's Orders as a counterpoint to Charlie Higson's By Royal Command. Then the first draft it was called Dance With Death, which ultimately felt too generic. [...] I made a list of possible titles and Red Nemesis really seemed to sum it up, the idea how importantly dangerous the Soviet Union will figure in Bond's life. It also syllabically matched book three, Strike Lightning, just as Heads You Die matches Shoot To Kill. So that appealed to the nerd in me."


Red Nemesis is available in the UK in paperback and as a limited hardcover. The hardcover edition can also be found on the U.S. Amazon.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

YOUNG BOND 'RED NEMESIS' OUT TODAY IN THE UK

Steve Cole's fourth and final Young Bond novel Red Nemesis is released today in the UK in paperback and as a limited hardcover. (The hardcover can also be found via third party on the U.S. Amazon.) Red Nemesis sees the young James Bond traveling to Moscow following up on a clue discovered in the backpack of his deceased father.


I already have mine in hand and I can't wait to dive in!


Steve's other Young Bond adventures are Shoot To KillHeads You Die, and the superb Strike Lightning.

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