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James Bond #1 Review

Dynamite couldn’t have picked a better week to kick off their new ongoing James Bond series. However, don’t expect this book to match the tone and style of films like Spectre and Skyfall. This series draws its inspiration directly from the original Ian Fleming novels. But while it scratches a different itch, this first issue offers plenty to enjoy for any fan of Agent 007.

Fleming’s Bond is a colder and more brutal character than the one we typically see on screen, and writer Warren Ellis and artist Jason Masters really tap into that quality with their terrific opening sequence. As Bond chases down and savagely dispatches an assassin in Helsinki, all the reader needs to know about the character is made clear. Ellis’ prose is kept to a minimum here, allowing Masters’ textured pencils and cinematic storytelling to shine instead. Apart from some occasionally stiff figure work, Masters delivers some of his strongest work to date in this issue. No good Bond adventure is complete without a great cold opening, and this issue certainly delivers.

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Warren Ellis to Write James Bond Comic

Acclaimed comics scribe Warren Ellis has been tapped by Dynamite Entertainment to write their new James Bond 007 ongoing series, due to hit shelves in November. Paired with artist Jason Masters, Ellis is launching the first official comic series based on Ian Flemming’s seminal spy series in over two decades.

“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,” Ellis said in a statement (via Newsarama).

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Bond 24 Rewrite to 'Punch Up' the Humor

The recent hiring of veteran 007 screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to rewrite John Logan’s script for James Bond 24 was reportedly due to the filmmakers’ desire to add more wit to the story.

The late call for rewrites is said to have created “polite turmoil” behind the scenes and pushed the start of filming back from this October to December.

According to sources for The Daily Mail, “Purvis and Wade have been asked to ‘punch up’ the script and sprinkle in more gags, emphasising the witty repartee between Daniel Craig’s 007 and Naomie Harris’s Miss Moneypenny, and focusing on the interplay between Bond and Ralph Fiennes’s M.”

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Veteran Bond Writers Return to Script Bond 24

Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who both co-wrote the last five Bond movies, are returning to pen the script for James Bond 24.

According to Variety, the British writing duo have been hired to re-write John Logan’s draft of the screenplay. All three of them had collaborated on Skyfall, but up until now, Logan was the only one signed on for this latest Bond, which reportedly has a December production start in place.

As announced last year, Sam Mendes will return to direct, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as the iconic 007. MGM, Sony and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are also attached.

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Skyfall Passes $1B at Global Box Office

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The new James Bond film Skyfall has passed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, making it only the third film this year to join that club behind The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.

The film is now in 14th place at the all time worldwide box office, right behind The Dark Knight. Skyfall is also the highest-grossing Bond film of all time (not adjusted for inflation).

In addition, Sony Pictures announced that Skyfall is the highest-grossing film at the worldwide box office in the studio’s history. It’s also the highest-grossing UK release of all time.

Skyfall has so far made $289.6 million domestically and another $710.6 million internationally for a current total of $1,000,200,000.

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The Hobbit Holds Off Les Mis, Django

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New releases Django Unchained and Les Miserables performed very well this post-Christmas weekend, but The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey remained the top movie in North America for the third weekend in a row.

Les Miserables bowed Christmas Day with $18.1 million, while Django Unchained opened on the holiday with $15 million. Parental Guidance debuted on Christmas with $6.4 million.

Here are the weekend estimates via Rentrak:

  1. The Hobbit $32.9 million
  2. Django Unchained $30.7 million
  3. Les Miserables $28 million
  4. Parental Guidance $14.8 million
  5. Jack Reacher $14 million
  6. This is 40 $13.2 million
  7. Lincoln $7.5 million
  8. The Guilt Trip $6.7 million
  9. Monsters, Inc. 3D $6.4 million
  10. Rise of the Guardians $4.9 million

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