James Robinson To Write First James Bond Spinoff, Felix Leiter

I did an article a short while ago talking about how I thought the James Bond franchise could spin other Double O agents off into their own series. Seems Dynamite had the spinoff idea in mind too. They're wrapping up Warren Ellis' run on Bond with Andy Diggle starting up on Hammerhead plus we have the adaptation of Casino Royale coming.

Now Dynamite has writer James Robinson (Starman) stepping into the world of the super-spy, but focusing on Bond's CIA counterpart Felix Leiter. Robinson will be working with artist Aaron Campbell (Harley Quinn) for the new series.

Leiter — now operating as an independent investigator — finds himself in Japan, tracking down a beautiful Russian spy from his past. But when the mission takes a turn for the worse, he will discover that there are more deadly schemes taking shape in Tokyo… and beyond.

"Felix Leiter is a fantastically interesting character," says writer James Robinson. "He combines the best elements of the James Bond universe with the dark alleys and darker deeds of crime fiction. A private detective, done with a life of spying, who is constantly dragged back into that world, like it or not. I'm excited for readers to see the tale of intrigue and big action that I've dreamed up for Felix."

Felix Leiter first appeared alongside James Bond in Ian Fleming's very first novel, Casino Royale, published in 1953. He would later make appearances in Live and Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, Goldfinger, Thunderball, and The Man with the Golden Gun, making him one of Bond's most frequent allies throughout the books. Originally a CIA operative, Leiter has begun to work for Pinkertons as a private detective when Bond encounters him in Diamonds Are Forever, although he is hired by the Agency for specific missions in the later books. In Live and Let Die, Felix is the victim of a shark attack in which he loses part of his right arm and left leg, sporting prosthetic limbs during his subsequent appearances. In this new miniseries, we meet Leiter post-injuries, and working independently from the CIA at his own detective agency.

James Bond: Felix Leiter #1 will be in the November 2016 Previews catalog and slated for release in January.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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