If you’ve gone to the movies with any regularity over the last three decades, you’ve probably seen Batman’s parents die a whole lot. You’ve also seen baby Superman leave Krypton for Earth and Spider-Man weep over the death of his Uncle Ben. You’ve even seen how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader.
We are obsessed, sometimes to an unhealthy degree, with origin stories. We want to know where our heroes came from. That urge has led to hashes and rehashes of the most famous (and infamous) origin stories in cinema. Now, one of the most iconic pop culture heroes ever is getting his turn: James Bond.
Bond’s early years have been touched on in the films before. His Royal Navy years are frequently referenced,and his tragic childhood was explored in great detail in Skyfall and Spectre. What we’ve never actually seen is how the distinguished naval officer became the deadly secret agent. We’re about to finally get that story but it won’t be in a movie.
Over the weekend Dynamite Entertainment announced it will publish a comic titled James Bond: Origin. The publisher didn’t reveal who will write and draw the book but Bleeding Cool reports that the story will take Bond back to World War II, keeping things sync with the original timeline of Ian Fleming’s novels. The story will also serve as the “official” version of how Bond became Bond, with the approval of the Fleming estate.
Dynamite began pubishing Bond comics in 2015 after securing a licensing agreement from the Fleming estate in 2014. In a very short time, the books have attracted top comics talent like Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan), Andy Diggle (The Losers) and Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine). They’ve also been very well received by both critics and fans.
Origin doesn’t have a release date yet but if you’re itching for a Bond fix in the absence of a new movie you could do worse than checking out Dynamite’s comics. They’re pure, brutal Bond goodness. Now, we get to see how they go back to the beginning.