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Origin #10 is out now, Bond is recovering from his injuries he received in the last issue. Additionally his old friend Royal Navy Lt. Cmdr. Ronald Weldon has been murdered. Cmdr. Weldon was apparently involved in the black market in some capacity which is why he was killed. I really like the artwork on this series, as I mentioned before. Looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.

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Got issue #8 of the monthly series today, not much in the action department in this issue. It does build on the character of Goldfinger though and their are some nice bits with M and Miss Moneypenny at MI6.  I really wonder how Bond will get himself out of the situation he is in. Goldfinger had a scientist implant a device on Bond's neck which is designed to release endorphins when a wearer follows orders from Goldfinger, and releases electric shocks when the subject does not follow orders. The device is also set up to prevent the wearer from removing it forcefully.

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Issue 11 of Origin arrived at comic book stores yesterday, it was a fun read. Great to see Bond gambling again and how quick he is at picking up when strange things are going on. He also decoded a message using a cipher key that Lt. Cmdr. Weldon showed him how to use. It is also nice that this series has Bond using his wits, marksmanship and hand to hand combat skills in lieu of gadgets to help him out when in dangerous situations. Next month marks the end of the Origin series, which I am a little sad to see end. Glad that the monthly series is continuing.

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The last issue of the Origin series arrives this Wednesday at comic book stores.  Looking forward to reading it and the next issue of the monthly series. I really hope that down the road Dynamite publishing has some more One Shot stories planed since many fans have enjoyed them. Also I wonder if there are plans for an adaption of Bond 25 as a comic book. It seem like it is a rare event now to have the screenplay of a major movie adapted as a comic book or novel like it was in the 1970's and 1980's.

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Got the 9th issue of the monthly series on Wednesday, things are far from over for Mr. Goldfinger. I don't want to be to spoiler heavy so I will just say this issue mostly plot exposition with a short action scene in the middle. M and Moneypenny get lots to say, whenever M speaks I hear actor Eamon Walker in my head. Looking forward to the final issue next month, I must that overall this series is pretty good despite the occasional lack of action.

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Just finished the Origin anthology and didn't realize that it was only Part 1!  Looking forward to Part 2 and I'm so appreciative that my public library (San Francisco) has Part 1 in digital format.  My general feedback without spoilers is that I like it so far.  I like the characterization of young Bond, which I find adequate considering the comic format.   Bond is also physically depicted how he is described in the books.

However, having read all the Young Bond novels by Charlie Higson and Steve Cole, in comparison with Origin the transition between Bond's school life and active service is a bit abrupt.   Also, the comic format doesn't allow for the richer characterization, esp. Bond's point of view, which throughout his literary history is what best defined the world of Bond, but that's understandable.  Also, the comic format practically demands more over-the-top action compared to the novels, esp. Young Bond, who was tastefully "held back" from the Bond staples of sex and homicide.

Overall, I liked Origin a lot because it put Bond back in the world (somewhat) and timeline of the original Fleming novels.

"...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....

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Mark your calendars for October 30th, the final issue of the James Bond monthly comic book arrives then. I am very curious to see how this plays out. Also I am very interested in reading the Live And Let Die graphic novel when it is released.

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I'm not liking the current series. Neither these modern versions of Oddjob nor Goldfinger have clicked for me. It will be short-lived, though, as they have already announced that they'll be closing it down and launching a new one with two female writers, Vita Ayala and Danny Lore. Dynamite seems incapable of making a Bond 'ongoing' title last more than 12 issues. I'm excited for the new creative team, though.

I absolutely loved the Casino Royale adaptation, and can't wait for LALD. It was announced for Sept 11, though, I don't know what's caused the delays, but it's ok if it does come out.

"Enjoy it while it lasts."
"The very words I live by."

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Here is more about the new creative team:https://majorspoilers.com/2019/09/20/dynamite-entertainment-announces-new-james-bond-series/

@writingsonthewall, I had no idea that the date for the graphic novel adaptation of Live And Let Die had come and gone so quickly. I really hope that it is still coming out.

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And here you have a first interview on the tone of the new ongoing: https://www.comicsbeat.com/vita-ayala-d … -dynamite/

As for LALD, Dynamite's web has it now as "Coming Soon!" and amazon, fwiw, lists it for Nov 5. We'll see.

"Enjoy it while it lasts."
"The very words I live by."

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@writingsonthewall, I agree the Goldfinger series is not one of the better stories. You would think that it would easy to come up with new villains and plots rather than recycle old ones. The Origin series was a much stronger series, since it was an area not explored before(As I recall Ian Fleming only listed brief snippets of James Bond's time with the Royal Navy in the original novels). Hopefully the change in writers will be helpful. Also I would not mind seeing more one shot stories in the future either.

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writingsonthewall wrote:

And here you have a first interview on the tone of the new ongoing: https://www.comicsbeat.com/vita-ayala-d … -dynamite/

As for LALD, Dynamite's web has it now as "Coming Soon!" and amazon, fwiw, lists it for Nov 5. We'll see.

The premise looks great. I haven’t made it past the first couple of any of these. Hopefully this one will be better, but I have my doubts that this medium works for the character based on what I’ve seen thus far.

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Will James Bond: Origins continue? The last issue came out mid-August and I haven't seen news about anymore. I know issue twelve wrapped up that storyline but it feels like there is a lot more story to tell.

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Big Bond Fan wrote:

Will James Bond: Origins continue? The last issue came out mid-August and I haven't seen news about anymore. I know issue twelve wrapped up that storyline but it feels like there is a lot more story to tell.

I've not read any of the Origins comics but the Forbidden Planet store near me had an Origins hardback book, which I think was a collection of all the issues, so I would suppose that the story has finished.

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@Big Bond Fan, @Jellyfish: issue 12 closes down the series, as PPK 7.65mm commented a few entries above. There will be 2 hardcovers with 6 issues each collecting the series. All in all, I liked it as both a period piece and a nice examination on Bond's early years. Reminded me of a b&w docummentary made circa Thunderball that went a bit over this. Also reminded me of the movie The Imitation Game, which I happened to catch on while reading the series.

@Miles Messervy, I found the first series (the one written by Warren Ellis) absolutely enjoyable and a fine addition to the Bond mythos, as well as a fresh take on a modern Bond (and at the same time very much respectful to the literary character), one much more enjoyable than, say, SPECTRE or the Carte Blanche novel. But to each their own, and each one's tastes are each one's. I believe both Vargr and Eidolon could make for great movies if adapted, should EoN ever consider going that route. As for the other series and specials, all have their ups and downs, as most media do. But I have enjoyed this publisher's efforts more than others (the old Topps or Marvel comics come to mind).

And last but not least, @PPK 7.65mm, I agree completely. If you're going to try and update a classic character, you may as well do it well or your readers are going to give you hell. I usually enjoy Pak's writing, but I do not believe his talents are put to good use here. As I said before, so far it's only been Warren Ellis's run that has given me precisely what I wanted (and look, his characters were new and well used).

"Enjoy it while it lasts."
"The very words I live by."

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writingsonthewall wrote:

@Miles Messervy, I found the first series (the one written by Warren Ellis) absolutely enjoyable and a fine addition to the Bond mythos, as well as a fresh take on a modern Bond (and at the same time very much respectful to the literary character), one much more enjoyable than, say, SPECTRE or the Carte Blanche novel. But to each their own, and each one's tastes are each one's. I believe both Vargr and Eidolon could make for great movies if adapted, should EoN ever consider going that route. As for the other series and specials, all have their ups and downs, as most media do. But I have enjoyed this publisher's efforts more than others (the old Topps or Marvel comics come to mind.

For me, the plot in a Bond story is almost secondary to the atmosphere. Fleming was the master of that. My comment about the comic book medium perhaps not being right for Bond ties directly to that sentiment. It’s just hard to conjure the atmosphere that I associate with Bond (absurd details about meals, drinks, weapons, exotic locales, Bond’s inner monologues, etc.) in a comic.

That said, perhaps I will give the first series another try on your recommendation. I might have quit it too early the first time around.

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writingsonthewall wrote:

@Miles Messervy, I found the first series (the one written by Warren Ellis) absolutely enjoyable and a fine addition to the Bond mythos, as well as a fresh take on a modern Bond (and at the same time very much respectful to the literary character), one much more enjoyable than, say, SPECTRE or the Carte Blanche novel. But to each their own, and each one's tastes are each one's. I believe both Vargr and Eidolon could make for great movies if adapted, should EoN ever consider going that route. As for the other series and specials, all have their ups and downs, as most media do. But I have enjoyed this publisher's efforts more than others (the old Topps or Marvel comics come to mind.

For me, the plot in a Bond story is almost secondary to the atmosphere. Fleming was the master of that. My comment about the comic book medium perhaps not being right for Bond ties directly to that sentiment. It’s just hard to conjure the atmosphere that I associate with Bond (think: absurd details about meals, drinks, weapons, exotic locales, Bond’s inner monologues, etc.) in a comic.

That said, perhaps I will give the first series another try on your recommendation. I might have quit it too early the first time around.

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writingsonthewall wrote:

@Big Bond Fan, @Jellyfish: issue 12 closes down the series, as PPK 7.65mm commented a few entries above. There will be 2 hardcovers with 6 issues each collecting the series. All in all, I liked it as both a period piece and a nice examination on Bond's early years. Reminded me of a b&w docummentary made circa Thunderball that went a bit over this. Also reminded me of the movie The Imitation Game, which I happened to catch on while reading the series.

Thank you for letting me know. That's too bad.  Issue 12 ends that particular story line but doesn't feel like the end of the series.  At least, not for me. I get the sense that the comic book would have continued had their been more demand for it.

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@Big Bond Fan, I agree Origins could gone much further if comic book readers had shown more interest. Like films and television programs comic books are quite competitive when it comes keeping their audiences coming back for more.  Also their are so many other comic books based on properties from those two mediums, I would think it is difficult to stand out from the competition at times.

I would have gladly purchased more stories in the Origins series had they been written. I recall from Ian Fleming's novels that Bond saw quite a bit of action during the Second World War. I would have particularly enjoyed a story set around the fall of Berlin in 1945(In The Man With The Golden Gun, Bond mentions to Scarmanga he was present  for this historic event). Hopefully the change in the creative team will be a step in the right direction, for instance the Ghostbusters comic book series from IDW started out with different writer and artist teams prior to getting a regular pairing which helped the series become a monthly title.

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