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Summary

Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel explodes into the graphic novel medium in this adaptation from writer Van Jensen and artist Dennis Calero.

Enter the soul eroding atmosphere of the casino at Royale-Les-Eaux, where the young but headstrong Agent 007 must do battle by baccarat with the villainous and predatory Le Chiffre. Accompanying Bond are his friends René Mathis and CIA man Felix Leiter, and Bond is perplexed and intrigued by a third ally, the ‘Girl from Headquarters’; Vesper Lynd. Before now, Bond has never been brought to his knees by love or by luck. But the stakes are higher than ever, and even making it to the night of the big game alive is no certainty. Circling the high table are whispers of love, victory, ruin and hate, a heady cocktail threatening to drive Bond to the brink of disaster.

From the nerve-shredding duel of wits and luck to the excruciating torture scene, Dennis Calero’s art channels the tension and menace of Fleming’s novel, whilst Van Jensen’s blending of Fleming’s own words with new observations from Bond’s cold and calculating perspective lends a fresh and original character to this classic story.

The first full colour graphic novel of Fleming’s work, this is a true celebration of the author’s enthralling writing and the violence, tension and sensuality of his classic thriller.

Atmospherically coloured by Chris O’Halloran and lettered by Simon Bowland.

Van Jensen has written Green Lantern Corps and The Flash for DC comics and he is the creator of the Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer series. He has also penned Cryptocracy for Dark Horse, and is the first comic book ambassador for the USA.

Dennis Calero is an award-winning artist and writer who has helped develop X-Men Noir for Marvel Comics and has worked on titles for DC and Dark Horse. He has also adapted Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles into graphic novel format.

 

'My dear boy, the game of Red Indians is over, quite over. You have stumbled by mischance into a game for grown-ups. You are not equipped, my dear boy, to play games with adults.'

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