007 is reporting for duty at Dynamite Entertainment. The New Jersey based comic book company that currently hosts licenses from Edgar Rice Burroughs and King Media has signed an agreement with Ian Fleming Publications, giving them worldwide publishing rights for comic book, digital comics, and graphic novels featuring the most well-known secret agent of all time: James Bond. Under the terms of the agreement, they have full access for adaptations of the fourteen James Bond novels written by Ian Fleming (as seen above looking very Bond-ish himself), as well as rights to create new works featuring the characters. Both are in the works, in monthly comic, digital comic, and graphic novel form.
Dynamite's first plans for new works will focus on Bond’s early years and origins, establishing who he was prior to Casino Royale, the first novel (and film), and showing how he gained the reputation that allowed his cocky introduction to come to life.
It’s not the first time Bond has shown his face on the printed page, as Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications points out in a press release. “It’s over sixty years since the publication of Casino Royale, and now more than ever it’s an exciting time to be a Bond fan. We’re thrilled that 007 will be revisiting the world of comics, as Fleming’s novels have a long and successful history in this medium, ever since they began to be published as newspaper comic strips in the late fifties. Dynamite are the perfect partners to take on the challenge of continuing this legacy, and we are very much looking forward to working with them.”
While there’s no creative team ready to be announced, as the books will be coming in the current nebulous time of simply “2015,” editor Mike Lake will be handling the property for Dynamite. “Ian Fleming’s James Bond is one the best-known characters in the world, yet we know very little of his background and beginnings,” he reiterated in the release. “The Bond villains are some of the most memorable figures in Popular culture…where did they come from? And in some cases, where did they go?"
The worldwide license allows Dynamite to cover all formats and all countries and languages, and the company has plans for international distribution and publication of their James Bond comics. Dynamite CEO Nick Barrucci praised the work of Fleming, saying, “his written work will outlive us all. The character, the structure, and the source material is so incredibly strong.” The way Bond “reinvents itself to be in tune with each generation” makes it unique in Barrucci’s eyes, and he’s “excited” and “honored” to be building on the source material. The new stories will be in conjunction with Ian Fleming Publications and will be considered canonical.