Jul 20, 2017

Dynamite Reveals Art from Upcoming CASINO ROYALE Graphic Novel

When it was first announced back in 2015 that Dynamite had landed the license to produce James Bond comics, part of that announcement was that the publisher would release period-set graphic novel adaptations of the Ian Fleming novels. The first, Casino Royale, was originally set for publication last year with a different artist, then delayed several times. Now, at least, it is almost here! Dynamite will release the 160-page graphic novel Casino Royale, adapted by Van Jansen and illustrated by Dennis Calero, on October 17, 2017, under a stunning cover by Fay Dalton. Dalton's involvement is a nice bit of synergy for Ian Fleming Publications, as she also illustrates the beautiful slip-cased Folio Society editions of the Bond novels. (Indeed, her slipcase art for Folio's Casino Royale, below depicts the same characters as her comic cover!) This week Dynamite provided a first glimpse at Calero's interior artwork in Previews. The final art will be in color.




Jul 12, 2017

Tradecraft: Blake Lively to Star in Spy Movie THE RHYTHM SECTION for EON Productions

EON Productions, producers of the James Bond movies, are going from the Double O Section to The Rhythm Section. The Hollywood Reporter reports that 007 producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, along with IM Global, will produce a film adaptation of Mark Burnell's 1999 novel The Rhythm Section starring Blake Lively (Age of Adeline). The Rhythm Section is the first in a four novel series about a woman named Stephanie who, through both self-preservation and the training of the intelligence agency that recruits her, lives many lives in many identities. (In this respect, it sounds somewhat similar to J.J. Abrams' Alias, or the Robert Littell novel Legends, and should afford Lively a good opportunity to play many different roles in one.) The publisher's blurb describes it as a tale of a massive identity crisis. Stephanie embarks on her journey of multiple identities and revenge after her family is killed in a terrorist bombing. It would certainly be interesting if EON manages to launch a successful series about a female agent alongside their Bond films!

Jul 10, 2017

Tom Cruise Posts Team Photo from MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6

We've gotten a few paparazzi shots of filming in the streets of Paris and a bunch of great on-set portraits shot by the film's director, Christopher McQuarrie, via his Instagram feed. Now we have what I assume must be the first official still from Mission: Impossible 6, a great shot of the whole IMF team in costume and in character posted jointly on McQuarrie's Instragram and Tom Cruise's Facebook page. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I'm glad that the first official still is a team shot. Hopefully it portends that the sixth movie in the series will still be team-oriented, like Ghost Protocol and, to a slightly lesser extent, Rogue Nation (and of course like the TV show, most importantly), despite telling a more personal story for Ethan Hunt. The occasion for this photo's release is the crew's departure from New Zealand (which in the film doubles for Iraq at least part of the time), where they're pictured. They now head back to London for the final stretch of principal photography.
Thanks to Craig Arthur for the heads-up on this one!

Jul 1, 2017

WILD WILD WEST TV Soundtrack Coming Next Week!

It was rumored earlier this year, but today La La Land Records officially announced on their Facebook page that they will release a 4-disc soundtrack for the classic Sixties spy Western The Wild Wild West on July 11! (Which makes this a very good summer for Wild Wild West fans, as the two TV reunion movies were just released on a standalone DVD for the first time a few weeks ago.) The set will be produced by Jon Burlingame, renowned not only for his immeasurable soundtrack knowledge at large, but particularly for his spy music expertise. Burlingame wrote the book The Music of James Bond and previously produced four excellent volumes of music from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and the amazing 6-disc Mission: Impossible TV soundtrack. He also provided extensive liner notes for each of those releases, and this one will be no different, coming with a lengthy booklet.

According to a post from Burlingame, the set includes "excerpts from 26 scores representing all four seasons. Composers include Richard Markowitz, Robert Drasnin, Richard Shores, Dave Grusin, Fred Steiner, Harry Geller, Walter Scharf, Jack Pleis -- plus the never-before-heard Dimitri Tiomkin theme that was rejected early on." Burlingame asserts that there were three rejected Tiomkin themes (at least one a vocal), but it's unclear if all three will be included in the set or not. The tapes that made this release possible were found in an exhaustive two-year search of the UCLA Film and Television Archives, which also contained alternate, unused versions of Markowitz's iconic main theme. The set contains over an hour of music by Shores.

Limited to just 1,000 units, Music From the Television Series The Wild Wild West will be available to order from the La La Land website starting at noon Pacific on July 11.