Dynamite proudly announces that fan-favourite author Warren Ellis will be writing the James Bond 007 ongoing comic book series, the first to appear in over two decades. James Bond 007 is scheduled for release in November 2015, featuring interior artwork by Jason Masters (Batman Incorporated, Guardians of the Galaxy).
The news of the high-profile author’s involvement with the James Bond 007 series follows Dynamite’s announcement of their partnership with Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. (IFPL), the Fleming-family company that owns and administers the literary copyright of Ian Fleming’s published works, including his fourteen James Bond books. Under their agreement, Dynamite has been granted worldwide rights to publish comic books, digital comics, and graphic novels starring 007. Launching their James Bond 007 line with a writer of exemplary skill and reputation has been a priority for Dynamite, and Warren Ellis’ stewardship will guarantee a debut story with all the hallmarks of high-octane action and international intrigue that exemplify the franchise.
“Ian Fleming’s James Bond is an icon, and it’s a delight to tell visual narratives with the original, brutal, damaged Bond of the books,” says Warren Ellis.
The first six-issue story arc in the James Bond 007 comic book series will be entitled “VARGR.” James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 agent… but something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin.
Great-nephew of Ian Fleming, Diggory Laycock says, “We were thrilled when Warren agreed to write the first story in this exciting new chapter of literary James Bond. Warren’s style is gritty, dark and unique and we can’t wait to see James Bond embroiled in an adventure of his creation.”
“Warren Ellis is one of the most brilliant writers of the 21st century, not just in comics but across all media,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment.
“When we approached him for the launch, we hoped he could make time in his very busy schedule, and we are ever fortunate and thankful that he was able to. We met with Warren and the everyone at IFPL, and Warren’s passion for the novels showed. He really is the perfect writer for Bond, and I can’t express how excited we are that Warren is tackling the ongoing series. This will be James Bond unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, true to Ian Fleming’s source material yet bursting all preconceptions of what a Bond story should be.”
Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt says, “I’ve long been a fan of Warren, going back to his earliest works including Lazarus Churchyard when it was first published, and pairing his creative mind with the iconic James Bond will make it the most talked about and exciting comic of 2015.”
“We have the extraordinary opportunity to create the very best James Bond stories that you’ve never read, and we have one of the most extraordinary contemporary adventure writers in the world to launch with,” says Editor Mike Lake. “After more than 40 years in the business, this is the best project I’ve ever had a hand in, and am very proud to have helped bring it about.”
“I’ve wanted to draw something Warren Ellis wrote since I first read his work on The Authority,” says artist Jason Masters. “Each of his carefully composed pages is filled with wonderful ideas that make you wish you were smarter. More ingenious than Warren’s writing might be Dynamite’s decision to have him write James Bond. James Bond by Warren Ellis! I’d buy that sight unseen if I wasn’t lucky enough to be the guy drawing it.”
James Bond 007 will be solicited through Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of James Bond 007 with their local comic book retailers. James Bond 007 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital. Fans and retailers are encouraged to follow Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.’s official social media channels for the latest updates regarding creative teams and release dates.
Warren Ellis is an author, graphic novelist, columnist, and public speaker whose published works have been made into successful films, won multiple awards, and landed on best-seller lists. His novels include the New York Times best-selling Gun Machine and Crooked Little Vein, which Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) described as “funny, inventive, and blithely appalling… (it’s) Dante on paint fumes.” His graphic novel Global Frequency is being developed for television by Jerry Bruckheimer and Fox. His graphic novel Red was adapted into the film starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren, and key elements from his work on Marvel’s Iron Man comic book have served as the basis for the wildly popular film series. Ellis’ extensive comic book writing includes Secret Avengers, Thunderbolts, Transmetropolitan, Moon Knight, Hellblazer, Planetary, and The Authority.
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
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3 thoughts on “Writer Warren Ellis Debuts The All New James Bond 007 Comic Book Series with Artist Jason Masters”
I have mixed feelings about this so I better keep my powder dry.
I don’t doubt the talent of Warren Ellis or Jason Masters and I’m not a comic book snob – I
definitely see the art in it. I just wonder if this is the right medium for the adult Bond franchise to expand into.
Over the past few years we’ve had Faulks, Deaver and Boyd reaping all manner of havoc (hopefully Horowitz is going to save our hero from further abuse) and now we have original adult Bond from another source.
Who is going to over-see the coherence of the adult Bond narrative or is that considered to be completely unimportant?
This has all the hallmarks of a money grab and my experience of brands that are indiscriminately expanded like this is that they implode and die.
Of course, the argument will be that this takes Bond to another audience.
If so,wouldn’t it have been more appropriate to give Dynamite the job of visualising ‘Trigger Mortis’ ?
At least that way we could have had a coherant approach rather than this fire, steady, aim strategy
My feelings are getting even more mixed. I now understand that Dynamite are developing two narratives in tandem – one with period Bond – another with modern Bond.
What next ?
Why not a sci-fi Bond or a Tudor Bond? All to run in parallel of course.
I’m sure Ian would have loved it!
I’m trying to be fairly optimistic about this . . . remember that Permission to Die series from Mike Grell? That’s the bar this new venture has to rise above. I am fortunate to own a Grell Bond illustration and it’s one of the favored pieces in my collection. Looking forward to seeing what they do with the license. Dynamite is hit and miss when it comes to their titles, but with Ellis on board and Masters handling the art, might be a win in their favor.