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.
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).
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.”
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.