James Bond likes tuxedoes. He prefers his martinis shaken, not stirred. He sleeps around with alarming frequency, and kills people with alarming proficiency. What else do we need to know about the iconic British spy?
That question will get answered in the pages of a new comic book series published by Dynamite Entertainment, centered on Bond's origin story. The publishing company has partnered up with Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. to adapt classic Bond stories, as well as tell all-new ones, including a series focusing on "the defining — and largely undocumented — early years of Bond's career."
"These new stories will draw inspiration from the Fleming canon to explore Bond’s ‘origins’: his raw early years before he gambled with his life in the first novel, Casino Royale (1953)," Dynamite revealed in a press release. "Some other familiar faces from the expansive 007 mythos will also make appearances in this series — criminal masterminds, hired henchmen, glamorous Bond Girls and secret service allies — alongside all-new characters."
"Ian Fleming’s James Bond is one the best-known characters in the world, yet we know very little of his background and beginnings," editor Mike Lake said of the series. "The Bond villains are some of the most memorable figures in Popular culture…where did they come from? And in some cases, where did they go?"
Other details, including who will be writing and illustrating the new "Bond" stories, remain unknown; perhaps we'll find out as soon as this week during New York Comic Con. The first of Dynamite's new "Bond" stories is expected to launch in 2015.