In what might be the biggest announcement related to New York Comic Con, Dynamite Entertainment has announced a partnership with the estate of Ian Fleming that grants the publisher worldwide rights to publish comic books, graphic novels and digital comics starring the world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond, 007.
In a statement accompanying the news, Dynamite Entertainment publisher Nick Barrucci called the character “one of the greatest cultural icons in the world” and the Bond movie series “one of the most successful film franchises ever, a franchise that reinvents itself to be in tune with each generation.” He said that Dynamite was “excited to build upon Fleming’s source material with new canonical stories, and … honored … to be a small part of his legacy, to be able to bring new stories to fans around the world.”
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. managing director Corinne Turner added that her company was “thrilled that 007 will be revisiting the world of comics, as Fleming’s novels have a long and successful history in this medium, ever since they began to be published as newspaper comic strips in the late fifties,” and called Dynamite “the perfect partners to take on the challenge of continuing this legacy.”
The first Bond appearance in comics came in 1958 when the British Daily Express launched an adaptation of Casino Royale. The character’s American comic book debut came in 1963 when DC Comics reprinted a British adaptation of Dr. No in its Showcase anthology series. In later years, the character would also appear in comics published by Marvel, Dark Horse and now-defunct indie Eclipse.
The partnership with Ian Fleming Publications is just the latest in a series announced by Dynamite this year, including similar deals with the estates of both Edgar Rice Burroughs and Shaft creator Ernest Tidyman. The publisher has also announced plans for a new series based on Will Eisner’s iconic newspaper strip The Spirit, as well as a series featuring Quentin Tarantino’s Django from Django Unchained.
The Bond deal allows Dynamite to both adapt existing Bond stories (Fleming wrote 14 Bond books during his lifetime) and create all-new material. As part of the announcement of the deal, Dynamite announced plans to create a series set prior to 1953’s Casino Royale, documenting the early years of the spy’s career, to launch in 2015.