Van Jensen and Dennis Calero Will Bring the First007 Tale to the
Pages of Comics for the First Time this October!
Award-winning writer Van Jansen (The Flash, Green Lantern), and artist Dennis Calero (X-Factor) have been selected as the creative team to bring the very first James Bond novel,Casino Royale, to the pages of comics for the first time in the series’ history. Set for release in October, the 160-page graphic novel will transport 007 fans back to the 1950’s with its stylish artwork and classic story!
Ian Fleming’s literary debut of British Secret Service agent 007 is stylishly adapted to the sequential art medium by Van Jensen and Dennis Calero in the officialJames Bond: Casino Royalegraphic novel. Sent to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux, Bond aims to eliminate the threat of the deadly Le Chiffre by bankrupting the ruthless SMERSH operative at the baccarat table. However, when the luck of the draw favors his enemy, 007 becomes the target of assassins and torturers in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse.
Writer Van Jansen says, “There’s a very obvious reason why I wanted to tackle the adaptation ofCasino Royale: because it’s James damned Bond! Also, when I cracked open Ian Fleming’s first 007 novel (I had read it years before), it immediately appealed to me as a great creative challenge. Fleming’s prose is powered by his descriptive punch, an eye for detail that captures the post-World War II time period in full color, from decadent meals to the intricacies of baccarat to the sinister machinations of Le Chiffre. It’s a heady book, diving deep into the character of Bond. Adapting it into comic book form meant creating some fun new approaches to storytelling, to recast a familiar tale as something that hasn’t been seen before. Also, it’s James damned Bond!”
A former crime reporter and magazine editor, Van Jensen is the author of the critically acclaimed graphic novelsPinocchio,Vampire SlayerandThe Leg. He has also written such series asGreen Lantern Corps,The Six Million Dollar Man, andThe Flash.
“When we first announced Warren Ellis’ breakout original James Bond series, we teased that this would only be the beginning of our relationship with the character and the Fleming family, who have been very generous,” says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. “It’s incredibly rewarding as it’s the treasured story that any publisher would wish to add to their library. We have been very fortunate to be granted the rights to do so. Combining Van Jensen’s storytelling talent with Dennis Calero’s stylistic artwork, theCasino Royalegraphic novel will stand out to fans for years to come.”
In 2014, Dynamite Entertainment made headlines across the comics industry and beyond with the news that the New Jersey publisher had secured the license from Ian Fleming Publications Ltd to produce the first James Bond comics in 20 years. The first series, written byTransmetropolitanwriter Warren Ellis, launched the following year to widespread critical acclaim, and was a breakout success in the comics specialty market. Subsequent James Bond story lines include Diggle and Casalanguida’sHammerheadandKill Chain, James Robinson and Aaron Campbell’sFelix Leiter,Benjamin Percy and Rapha Lobosco’sBlack Box, and Kieron Gillen and Antonio Fuso’sServiceSpecial.