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Picked up the first issue of the monthly series yesterday, the artwork is very good and the story so far is interesting. James Bond only appears during the intro and the end of the story, which is an interesting move on the writers part. The bulk of the story concerns a stolen painting and the efforts of a female insurance investigator to find it.  This part of the story reminded me of the Thomas Crown Affair (the 1999 remake with Pierce Brosnan) since the female investigator is willing to break the rules in her pursuit of the stolen painting.  Overall a much stronger issue than some pervious efforts, looking forward to seeing what comes next.

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Maybe I’ll give it a look. I was going to ask you about the characterization of Bond in this one, but sounds like he’s not in it long enough to judge. I think the characterization was so shallow and weak in the last one that it shouldn’t have even dared to associate itself with the literary Bond.

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@ Miles Messervy, I fully agree. Also I thought it was worth mentioning that the upcoming story, James Bond: Reflections Of Death (due March 3, 2020) got a very nice full page advertisement in the back of the comic. I am really looking forward to reading it when it comes out. Both of the writers from the current story arc are contributing to Reflections Of Death as well.

On another note, Amazon has a listing for the Live And Let Die graphic novel it is set to be released in hardcover on December 31. I cannot wait to read this, having enjoyed the Casino Royale adaptation quite a bit.

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After reading the new first issue twice (just to be sure) I did not care for it. Plot was ok, but so far, both the relationship to Bond is very tenuous (which I'm sure will be explained next issue) and I found Bond's characterization quite weak, and the art a bit disappointing. Hope to be proved wrong in the future, but this one seems one to forget so far.

Awaiting LALD, which I'm really anticipating after CR, and enjoying the Vargr hardcover that I finally got. Eidolon will be next.

Re: Reflections of Death, it does seem promising. Will be checking it out once the artists are announced (seems to me only writers have been so far).

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

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Mark your calendars for January 15th, the new issue of the monthly series arrives then. I am going to order a copy of Live And Let Die in the near future, and I will be happy to share my thoughts on it here.

Edit: I just got my copy today, this issue is mostly background and character building(for spoilers sake I will not be going into details here). It was nice to see Bond working undercover at a party at the villains estate home. M gets some good character development here, he has a past with the female insurance investigator and orders Bond to work with her since her quest to locate a stolen painting intertwines with an ongoing investigation by MI6 into blackmail by unknown party.  The artwork is pretty nice, although seeing James Bond meet M without a suitcoat on is really jarring and something that the filmmakers would never do.  Overall this a big step up from the Goldfinger story from last year. Looking forward to reading more of it.

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Got my copy of the Live And Let Die graphic novel today.  The artwork by Kewber Baal is very striking, it is very much a step from the monthly James Bond 007 from 2018.  Van Jansen once again adapted Ian Fleming's words, I am sure I am for a real treat having enjoyed the Casino Royale graphic novel. I will be sharing my thoughts on this story once I am finished reading it.

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I'm reading the digital version of LALD now, courtesy of my San Francisco Public Library account.  I'm really liking it, pretty faithful to the novel.

"...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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This had completely gone under my radar.

Will try to pick a copy asap for it to sit on my shelf together with CR and the two Ellis collections.

Just read issue 2 of the regular series and I (unfortunately) stand by my earlier judgement. Weak plot and weaker art. Not my cup of tea.

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

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I was just thinking today that if Dynamite comics wanted adapt the other stories by Ian Fleming into graphic novel form, I would defiantly be up for it.  I got my copy of issue #3 of the monthly series today. It was nice to see Brandy Keyes, the insurance investigator get some development in this issue. Bond himself also touches on why he is the way he is, which I really enjoyed.  Still I feel like Warren Ellis and Jeff Parker did a stronger job writing wise and gave Bond much more to do. Even some of the one shot writers did a much better job keeping the story moving and giving fans what they want in a James Bond story.

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@PPK 7.65mm, have to say this third issue was a definite improvement on the previous two. First of all, Erica d'Urso seems a much better suited artist than Eric Gapstur for this series. And the plot does pick the pace up. Then again, you and I agree on appreciating Ellis and Diggle's stints. And here's hoping Van Jensen's line of Fleming adaptations continue. CR was great, and I can't wait to hold LaLD in my hands.

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

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Issue #4 of the monthly series arrives tomorrow, as I mentioned elsewhere on this site I am glad that the comic book series is around since No Time To Die got its cinema release date delayed again.  Also, it appears that the upcoming hardcover story Reflections of Death has been pushed May 19th according its Amazon listing:https://www.amazon.com/James-Bond-Reflections-Greg-Pak/dp/1524115010/ref=sr_1_1?crid=33LCYM5X7EN46&keywords=james+bond+reflections+of+death&qid=1583862192&s=books&sprefix=James+Bond%3A+Ref%2Caps%2C851&sr=1-1

I am little disappointed to hear this,still this will give me time to enjoy the graphic novel adaptation of Live And Let Die.

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PPK 7.65mm wrote:

Issue #4 of the monthly series arrives tomorrow, as I mentioned elsewhere on this site I am glad that the comic book series is around since No Time To Die got its cinema release date delayed again.  Also, it appears that the upcoming hardcover story Reflections of Death has been pushed May 19th according its Amazon listing:https://www.amazon.com/James-Bond-Reflections-Greg-Pak/dp/1524115010/ref=sr_1_1?crid=33LCYM5X7EN46&keywords=james+bond+reflections+of+death&qid=1583862192&s=books&sprefix=James+Bond%3A+Ref%2Caps%2C851&sr=1-1

I am little disappointed to hear this,still this will give me time to enjoy the graphic novel adaptation of Live And Let Die.

Issue #4 of Which 007 title? I haven't seen a new series since the Goldfinger series.

@jamesbondclassified

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@ James Boldman, Issue #4 of the James Bond 007 monthly series. They have a new writer and artist team for the new story arc.  Bond is investigating a blackmail scheme targeting a member of Parliament which leads to him crossing paths with a female insurance investigator who is looking to recover a stolen painting. The writing and the artwork is quite a step up from the Goldfinger series.

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PPK 7.65mm wrote:

@ James Boldman, Issue #4 of the James Bond 007 monthly series. They have a new writer and artist team for the new story arc.  Bond is investigating a blackmail scheme targeting a member of Parliament which leads to him crossing paths with a female insurance investigator who is looking to recover a stolen painting. The writing and the artwork is quite a step up from the Goldfinger series.

Thanks! for some reason I can't find it on Amazon. Which is strange because I've bought them all up to now on Amazon. Do you have a link by any chance?

@jamesbondclassified

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Here is a link for the Kindle version for you:https://www.amazon.com/James-Bond-2019-Vita-Ayala-ebook/dp/B084DH8LWD/ref=sr_1_57?qid=1584028427&refinements=p_27%3AVita+Ayala&s=books&sr=1-57&text=Vita+Ayala

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PPK 7.65mm wrote:

Here is a link for the Kindle version for you:https://www.amazon.com/James-Bond-2019-Vita-Ayala-ebook/dp/B084DH8LWD/ref=sr_1_57?qid=1584028427&refinements=p_27%3AVita+Ayala&s=books&sr=1-57&text=Vita+Ayala

Awesome, thanks so much!!!!!!!!
I just bought the entire series.

@jamesbondclassified

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Vita Alaya's one of the current crop of " woke " creators infesting comics these days ( Marvel having the worst offenders ) and that annoys me somewhat.

Woke and Bond do not mix well.

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Hammerhead was by far the the best of the comics. At least the
ones I’ve read.