James Bond is Back — in His Own Comic Book Series!

The latest James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig, SPECTRE, opens in the USA on Friday, and today 007 returns to comics for the first time in decades with the release of Dynamite Entertainment‘s  James Bond 007 #1 by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (Wolverines and Batwoman).

Ellis has penned an original story based on the character as depicted in Ian Fleming’s original books, not the very different character who evolved on the movie screen. The first story arc sees Bond investigating a mysterious organization behind a new drug hitting the streets — an investigation that has already seen the death of agent 008.

Ellis had a few interesting things to say to website i09 about the new series:

“This is the Ian Fleming Bond—the Bond of the books, a direct commission from Dynamite Comics and the Ian Fleming literary estate. The single real difference is that I’ve set it in the present day, having expressed that preference to the estate because I didn’t want to do period pastiche. Beyond that, you should consider it as taking place somewhere in the last half of the Fleming canon.”

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Daniel Craig May Resign His License to Kill

spectre1Daniel Craig‘s contract for playing James Bond is almost up, which means it’s time for him to play coy about returning to the role — the de rigeur contract-negation ploy.

While discussing the upcoming Spectre, his fourth flick as 007, Craig professed ambivalence about putting on the tuxedo and picking up the Walther PPK again, telling Esquire UK: “I don’t know. I really don’t know. Honestly. I’m not trying to be coy. At the moment I can’t even conceive it.”

Asked if he would like to star in another James Bond flick, he said:

“At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see. Bond  is very fucking lonely. There’s a great sadness. He’s fucking these beautiful women but then they leave and it’s … sad. And as a man gets older it’s not a good look. It might be a nice fantasy – that’s debatable – but the reality, after a couple of months.”

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New James Bond Pics From SPECTRE

Here are a couple of brand-new images from “Spectre,” the 24th film in the James Bond franchise. It once again stars Daniel Craig as 007, this time joined by Léa Seydoux. Sam Mendes, who directed the highly regarded SkyFall, returns to the director’s chair once more. This movie formally introduces SPECTRE to the rebooted Bond universe.

Take a look at that chess board in front of Bond. Is he playing a real game? The board and pieces appear to be covered in dust. And, more importantly, the white queen is on a square adjacent to the black king. How the hell did that happen? Bond’s opponent is sacrificing his queen rather than killing Bond’s king!

In this film, a message from Bond’s past sets him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.

Spectre also stars Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, David Bautista and Andrew Scott.

Spectre opens Nov. 6.

Bond 24 Will Adapt Novel ‘Devil May Care’

bondWord has it that the 24th James Bond movie in the franchise will adapt the novel Devil May Care, written by Sebastian Faulks in 2008 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bond creator Ian Fleming’s birth. It will have some big shoes to fill: 2012’s SkyFall was the most successful Bond movie ever.

The novel is a sequel to The Man With the Golden Gun, and features an evil chemist out to destroy Britain. But details are, of course, sparse. The rumor is the storyline will span movies 24 and 25. However, there are also whispers that the next movie will be Daniel Craig’s last in the iconic role of 007, so setting up a two-parter doesn’t make much sense if a new actor would be taking over for part two.
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Daniel Craig Accepts Two More Missions as James Bond

Daniel Craig in “Skyfall”

Daniel Craig, who should be putting the finishing touches on his third film as James Bond, better save some energy, because it was just revealed that he is contracted to undertake two more missions as 007, the world’s most famous spy.

After starring in Casino Royale, A Quantum of Solace and the current Skyfall, the next two films will be as-yet unnamed Bond 24 and Bond 25! (Take that, Star Trek franchise!) Of course, Craig will still be free to continue wearing the tuxedo as long as he pleases — box-office receipts willing.

Plus, Bond-centric website MI6 reports that 007’s home studio, MGM, has secured enough financing to stay in business long enough to actually make the flicks:

Sony Pictures, who through a new co-financing deal with MGM, are also set to continue their relationship that started with Casino Royale in to Bond 24. Studio executives have been alluding to a return to the two-year cycle to produce the 007 adventures, which would peg Bond 24 as a late 2014 release.

Skyfall will open Oct. 26

SkyFall Teaser

The November release of Daniel Craig’s third outing as James Bond has been quietly creeping closer, and today the first teaser clip for SkyFall was released.

It’s difficult to determine anything about the film from this teaser, because it’s exactly that — a teaser — but I have to confess it left me with a slightly “meh” feeling. Perhaps it’s all the shadowy figures, or Craig’s cold-as-ice demeanor. The martial drumming of the score worked well, and some of the images were intriguing, but it’s way too soon to pass judgment.

We know the plot concerns some kind of menace from M’s (Dame Judy Dench) past, and it tests Bond’s loyalty to her. The Official James Bond 007 website (featuring a smooth black-and grey design) has some production details and running countdown to the premiere of the 23rd film in the 50-year-old franchise. I always enjoy a good Bond film, and Craig hasn’t let me down yet.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The subject matter may not scream “Happy Holidays!” but Santa brought discerning movie fans a terrific – if dark – gift in the form of the gloomy, atmospheric Hollywood adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. While the subject matter is not exactly family fare, dealing as it does with rape, torture, mutilation and murder, film fans will appreciate the artistry that went into it, and the film should do better if it stays in theaters through the long, dark winter months.

The film was released already freighted with some pretty heavy baggage. First there were the high expectations for A-list director David Fincher tackling the late Stieg Larsson’s international best-selling “Millennium Trilogy” of novels. And then there was the backlash: “How dare Hollywood remake a Swedish movie?” Well, Fincher and co. have done a damn fine job proving that this story needed to be filmed again.
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