New SPECTRE image released, but no news on James Bond comics yet…

The latest image from the upcoming James Bond film, SPECTRE. © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Danjaq, LLC and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved

The latest image from the upcoming James Bond film, SPECTRE featuring Dave Bautista as Mr Hinks. © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Danjaq, LLC and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved

 

A new teaser image from the next James Bond film, SPECTRE, was released this week featuring Dave Bautista as the villain Mr Hinks, apparently a new foe for Bond.

The film, due for release, 6th November 2015, will focus on his childhood, according to director Sam Mendes.

“In this movie, SPECTRE, what you have is a movie entirely driven by Bond,” Mendes teased in an official video for the film. “He’s on a mission from the very beginning. He is on the hunt, on the trail of somebody.”

 

 

“It’s about whether or not to pursue the life he’s always pursued, whether he matters and is he going to continue or not,” Mendes says. “And you’re going to have to come to see the movie to find out whether he does.”

In the film, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. 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.

While filming on the new movie is proceeding apace, with a car chase shot in Rome recently, as yet there’s been no new developments on the previously-revealed James Bond comics project.

Last year, US publisher Dynamite Entertainment announced James Bond was returning to comics, revealing its their partnership with Ian Fleming Publications Ltd., the company that owns and administers the literary copyright of Ian Fleming’s published works, including his fourteen James Bond books.

At this stage there’s been no further announcements about the project, a long-running project edited by Mike Lake, co-founder of the Forbidden Planet chain (and, later, Forbidden Planet International, also know as Forbidden Planet (Scotland) Limited, the separate FP company that runs many northern FP shops) and Titan Distributors.

Emulating the ‘Young Bond’ novel series penned by Charlie Higson, Dynamite’s new Bond stories will explore the early history of the character, creating a series of brand new adventures unveiling the defining – and largely undocumented – early years of Bond’s career. These new stories will draw inspiration from the Fleming canon to explore Bond’s ‘origins’: his raw early years before he gambled with his life in the first novel, Casino Royale, published in 1953.

Some other familiar faces from the expansive 007 mythos will also make appearances in this series – criminal masterminds, hired henchmen, glamorous Bond Girls, and secret service allies – alongside all-new characters.

• The official James Bond web site is at: www.007.com

• Dynamite Entertainment

 

 

 

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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