You could make an entire movie centered around the combatted rights over the iconic 007 (and some people totally have).
So it no doubt shocked us to find out that Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. would be partnering with Dynamite Entertainment to publish a series of comics and graphic novels (print and digital) based on James Bond.
Of course, we've watched 25 full movies about the guy. What other stories are there to tell?
Well according to Dynamite, the comics will tell new stories and characters that are set during his early years in MI6. Though they won't be written by Fleming himself, the comics will surely try to capture the same spirit that has made James Bond the definitive symbol for international espionage.
Just to be clear, this actually isn't the first time James Bond has been translated to comic form. In his early days, the character could be seen in newspaper comic strips during the 1950s. So in a way, this will be a return to form for the character who was first immortalized in Ian Fleming's novels (and later, classic movies).
Editor Mike Lake recently spoke with Comicbook.com about the concept:
“Ian Fleming’s James Bond is one the best-known characters in the world, yet we know very little of his background and beginnings. 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?”
That said, are James Bond fans excited about this? My first thought is that many James Bond fans are a good mix of demographics thanks to Skyfall, which reintroduced the character to legions of younger fans.
But people who've been watching these movies for decades (and have disposable income) are clearly the target for buying these new stories. So will they be excited for a comic-book version of a character they've loved through books and movies.
Several other fandoms have been translated successfully from film to graphic novel. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Who and Star Wars have all been notable hits as comics, just to name a few. And for good reason.
What I'm wondering is if the James Bond audience will have the same reaction to a character who is typically celebrated by an older demographic that may or may not grab ahold of these comics.
Time will tell when the first James Bond comic books will be released by Dynamite in 2015.