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.”
In addition, Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce the first wave publishing partners and territories for the collection of the widely celebrated James Bond comic book series, VARGR!
“Dynamite continues to grow and celebrate great success with other countries and editions around the world,” says Dynamite CEO/Publisher, Nick Barrucci. “We have been very fortunate to work with the right partners to bring our books to comics fans everywhere. With Ian Fleming Publications, we are thrilled to be working with our first three licensees — Delcourt, Panini, and Splitter, covering multiple territories the world over — to likely make James Bond one of our greatest international success stories yet. We cannot wait to have Warren and Jason’s story shared with fans around the world!”
France’s Delcourt will publish 007’s first comic book adventures in over 20 years in all French speaking territories.
“Publishing the new James Bond comics from Dynamite is a dream come true,” says Delcourt’s Thierry Monet. “Warren Ellis has brought back the elements that make this character both classic and exciting. I cannot wait for the French readers to discover this great book, too!”
Italy’s Panini Group has been granted rights to:
- Italy (including Italian speaking Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City)
- Spain, Andorra
- Spanish speaking South and Latin America
- Russia and Russian speaking countries
- Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia
“Panini Comics is the leading publisher of American comics in the world and we are proud to be publishing and representing the new Bond comics in Italy, Spain, and Mexico,” says Panini Publishing Director, Marco Lupoi. “Bond is the archetypal hero for the complex times we live in, and Dynamite’s new comics capture this aspect to perfection.”
Germany’s Splitter will be publishing the world’s most well known Secret Service agent in all German-speaking territories.
“It´s a great honor to publish the official comic of the special agent with the license to kill from star author Warren Ellis and Dynamite in Germany,” says Splitter creative director, Dirk Schulz. “He’s the strongest and most authentic 007 ever. Welcome to the new age!”
Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents VARGR, the debut storyline in the all-new James Bond comic book series, as crafted by masterful writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, The Authority) and artist Jason Masters (Batman Incorporated, Guardians of the Galaxy). The English language edition of James Bond Volume 1: VARGR is currently available in fine comic shops, and will debut in bookstores everywhere on July 5.
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.