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22 NOVEMBER 2016
CASINO ROYALE - NEW OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2016-07-16
Casino Royale James Bond Dynamite
Publication of a new graphic novel edition of Casino Royale (1953) from Dynamite Entertainment. The new Casino Royale edition will be adapted by Van Jensen and artist Matthew Southworth.

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Ian Fleming's literary debut of British Secret Service agent 007 is stylishly adapted to the sequential art medium by Van Jensen and Matt Southworth in the official James Bond: Casino Royale graphic 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.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
(July 14, 2016, Mt. Laurel, NJ) Dynamite Entertainment, a leading publisher of English language comic books and graphic novels, is proud to announce the first-ever graphic novel adaptations of Ian Fleming's original James Bond novels, beginning with his seminal debut, Casino Royale, slated for release in November. The first book in the newly announced series will be adapted by Van Jensen (The Flash, Green Lantern Corps), with art by DC and Marvel veteran Matt Southworth (Amazing Spider-Man).

"There's a very obvious reason why I wanted to tackle the adaptation of Casino 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 also immediately appealed to me as a great creative challenge," says writer Van Jensen. "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!"

"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. "To announce that we have been granted the rights to adapt the original presentation of 007? 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 Matt Southworth's beautiful artwork, the Casino Royale graphic novel will stand out to fans for years to come."

James Bond: Casino Royale will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September 2016 Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in November. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of James Bond: Casino Royale with their local comic book retailers. James Bond: Casino Royale will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Details about Casino Royale:
Author: Ian Fleming
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1524100684
ISBN-13: 978-1524100681
Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.9 x 26.7 cm

About Ian Lancaster Fleming:
British journalist, naval intelligence officer, and creator of the fictional British spy, James Bond. Educated at Eton, Sandhurst, and at universities in Switzerland and Germany, Fleming s failure at the Foreign Office entrance exams led to brief careers with Reuters and as a stockbroker before he joined British Naval Intelligence in 1939. As personal assistant to the director, Fleming excelled, and his wartime service provided ample background for his later Bond stories.

Fleming s Bond novels and short-story collections are among the best-selling books of all time, and serve as the basis for the highly-successful movie franchise, which has starred such acclaimed actors as Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig as James Bond. In addition to the Bond series, Fleming wrote the children s classic Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. He died in 1964 of heart disease.

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