Ian Fleming’s second James Bond novel is being adapted to the graphic novel format this fall from Dynamite Entertainment. Live and Let Die follows the successful Casino Royale release and Agent 007 as he traces stolen pirate treasure from the smoky jazz clubs of Harlem all the way to the formidable shores of Jamaica.
Writer Van Jensen (Flash, Green Lantern Corps) returns for this entry following his critically acclaimed Casino Royale graphic novel with Dennis Calero. This time, Kewber Baal (Army of Darkness, Jennifer Blood) has been enlisted to provide art. Complimented by his steadfast partner Schimerys Baal’s (KISS) coloring. Fay Dalton (Vampirella) also returns to bestow Bond fans with another sleek noir-inspired cover.
In Live and Let Die, Bond is at first sent across the Atlantic to the city that never sleeps to investigate Mr. Big, an agent of the Secret Service-opposed SMERSH. Popular CIA agent Felix Leiter is brought in to help, as the two uncover a plot full of voodoo and deadly sea creatures... There is also the “Bond girl” – the beautiful and talented tarot reader Solitaire.
“Live and Let Die is an intense sprint, full of huge action and terrifying villains,” said 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.”
“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,” Baal added. “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 solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ July 2019 PREVIEWS catalog, slated for release in September 2019. Comic book fans can preorder copies with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through many digital platforms.
Live and Let Die will be released in a hardcover, also available signed by writer Van Jensen. More information on the graphic novel and how to preorder a copy can be found at dynamite.com.