Dynamite Entertainment, a leading publisher of English language comic books and graphic novels, is proud to announce the first-ever graphic novel adaptations of Ian Fleming's original James Bond novels, beginning with his seminal debut, Casino Royale, slated for release in November. The first book in the newly announced series will be adapted by Van Jensen (The Flash, Green Lantern Corps), with art by DC and Marvel veteran Matt Southworth (Amazing Spider-Man).
"There's a very obvious reason why I wanted to tackle the adaptation of Casino Royale: because it's James damned Bond! Also, when I cracked open Ian Fleming's first 007 novel (I had read it years before), it also immediately appealed to me as a great creative challenge," says writer Van Jensen. "Fleming's prose is powered by his descriptive punch, an eye for detail that captures the post World War II time period in full color, from decadent meals to the intricacies of baccarat to the sinister machinations of Le Chiffre. It's a heady book, diving deep into the character of Bond. Adapting it into comic book form meant creating some fun new approaches to storytelling, to recast a familiar tale as something that hasn't been seen before. Also, it's James damned Bond!"
"When we first announced Warren Ellis' breakout original James Bond series, we teased that this would only be the beginning of our relationship with the character and the Fleming family, who have been very generous," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "To announce that we have been granted the rights to adapt the original presentation of 007? It's incredibly rewarding as it's the treasured story that any publisher would wish to add to their library. We have been very fortunate to be granted the rights to do so. Combining Van Jensen's storytelling talent with Matt Southworth's beautiful artwork, the Casino Royale graphic novel will stand out to fans for years to come."
James Bond: Casino Royale will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September 2016 Previews catalog, the premiere 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: Casino Royale with their local comic book retailers. James Bond: Casino Royale will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.