'James Bond: Moneypenny' Comic Book to Give 007's Greatest Supporter Her Due

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The one-off issue will be released in August.

After more than half a century playing support for Britain's most famous secret agent, it's time to shine. This summer, Dynamite Entertainment will expand its James Bond comic book franchise with a special issue focusing on the most invaluable member of Bond's home team: the unshakeable Moneypenny.

James Bond: Moneypenny will be written by Jody Houser, who is no stranger to working on high-profile licensed projects; she's the woman responsible for both IDW's best-selling Orphan Black comic book and also Marvel's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story adaptation. Art for the issue will come from newcomer Jacob Edgar, with a cover by Tula Lotay.

"As someone who came to James Bond late (much to the horror of many of my friends), the idea that I'd get to play in that world is amazing," Houser said in a statement from Dynamite. "Writing a character like Moneypenny and exploring what makes her different from the more familiar MI6 operative has been a blast. In this story, we'll get a look at exactly how she operates and some of the events that made her the woman she is." 

Moneypenny made her debut in the very first Bond novel, 1953's Casino Royale, and would go on to make appearances in almost every Bond story in prose and on screen, where she was played by a succession of actors including Lois Maxwell, Samantha Bond and, currently, Naomie Harris. The character has already appeared in Dynamite's Bond comic books, where she isn't just M's secretary, but also his personal bodyguard.

The James Bond: Moneypenny issue isn't the character's first solo project; from 2005 through 2008, she appeared in the trilogy of books called The Moneypenny Diaries, approved by the Ian Fleming estate. Samantha Weinberg, who wrote the series under the name Kate Westbrook, was the first woman to write an official Bond novel. Coincidentally, with the Moneypenny special issue, Houser becomes the first woman to write an official Bond comic book.

James Bond: Moneypenny will be released in comic book stores and digitally Aug. 30.