James Bond: Live and Let Die is getting a graphic novel adaptation this fall thanks to Dynamite Comics. Based on Ian Fleming’s second novel, this adaptation follows the critically acclaimed Casino Royale with writer Van Jensen (Flash, Green Lantern Corps) and art by Dennis Calero. Jensen returns for writing duties along with Kewber Baal (Army of Darkness, Jennifer Blood) on art and his partner Schimerys Baal (KISS) on colors. Fay Dalton (Vampirella) offers up a sleek noir-inspired cover.
The story focuses on Agent 007 as he traces stolen pirate treasure from the smoky jazz clubs of Harlem all the way to the formidable shores of Jamaica. Bond is at first sent to investigate Mr. Big, an agent of the Secret Service-opposed SMERSH. Fan favorite CIA agent Felix Leiter is brought in to help, as the two uncover a plot full of voodoo and deadly sea creatures. And don’t forget Bond Girl and talented tarot reader Solitaire.
“Live and Let Die is an intense sprint, full of huge action and terrifying villains,” said writer Jensen. “It’s both a mystery and a thriller, as Bond digs into the world of Mr. Big and fights to survive against sharks, and even a very hungry octopus. To work in the world that Ian Fleming created is an incredible honor. This was a particularly fun project, given how grandiose it is, full of intricate action set pieces and fun visuals. Translating the novel to comics was all about staging those beats in the most fun, intense way possible. Kewber has been a perfect partner in that work. The underwater battles particularly are the highlight of the book, but every page has something wonderful.”
Kewber Baal adds, “Drawing James Bond is a milestone for me! James Bond is one of the greatest characters in literature and one of the biggest movie franchises. Working with Van is awesome! His scripts are detailed, but with a fluidity that makes the art come naturally!”
“James Bond is one of the all-time best characters across fiction and we continue to be proud to work so closely with Ian Fleming Publications to bring these prestigious stories to the comics and graphic novel format,” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. “Fleming only wrote so many classic novels, so we want to make sure each adaptation is planned and executed perfectly.”
James Bond: Live and Let Die will be released in a hardcover and signed by writer Jensen this September. Find out more on Dynamite’s website. Fans can preorder at their favorite comic shop this month.