While even casual fans know how James Bond prefers his martinis, his life before achieving 00 status has always remained something of a mystery. A new comic book series aims to change all that.
Though Ian Fleming's signature character has appeared in more than 50 novels and two-dozen feature films, none have explored the character's humble beginnings. The new series from Dynamite Entertainment, titled James Bond Origin, goes back to Bond's teenage days in World War II-torn London, and will explore exactly how the future secret agent got so good at his job.
As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, the story will start off in March of 1941, when the young Bond goes to visit some family friends in the U.K. Their quality time ends up coinciding with one of the most destructive German attacks of the war.
The series will be penned by Jeff Parker, who previously wrote crossover comic series including Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Kings Watch. The art will be provided by Bob Q, who recently worked on another crossover of comic book favorites with The Green Hornet '66 Meets The Spirit.
"James doesn’t have the vast experience of a double-O agent yet, but he’s tenacious and a lightning-quick study," Parker said in a statement from the publisher.
In the statement, Parker admits that it's "a weighty challenge to reverse-engineer this icon into a young man on a life’s journey of danger." He also credits editor Nate Crosby with pairing him up with Q, Bob Q, who Parker says "not only brings the gravitas of war in 1941 Europe but nails the promising hero in his youth." Together, the two will "work to show the full force of Bond’s spirit."
Variant cover artist John Cassaday also revealed some of his artwork from the upcoming series earlier today on Twitter.
The first issue of James Bond Origin will be available this coming September. Will you be reading along?