Love it that somebody on DC Universe Infinite team is a James Bond fan! Notice what all four titles have in common? All four Bond film starring Pierce Bronson as James Bond who also played Doctor Fate in Black Adams!
He was once offer to played Batman, but thankfully Michael Keaton got the part.
Got any James Bond and DC Connections?
Teri Hatcher who played Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman was in Tomorrow Never Dies.
Mike Allred clearly based his Batman ‘66 Ra’s Al Ghul on Christopher Lee, who was both the title character of The Man With the Golden Gun as well as being a cousin of Bond author Ian Fleming.
And Timothy Dalton played The Chief in Doom Patrol after two outings as 007 and forever in @DC89 ‘s heart.
DC’s Showcase #43 Adapts Dr. No:
And DC had a 10 year option on 007. We could have had a Toth or Kirby Bond comic.
Tom Mankiewicz worked on 5 Bond movies and famously wrote Superman: The Movie and less famously his excellent unmade Batman script.
And of course, there are quite a few similarities between On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and the introduction of Ra’s Al Ghul.
Superman, Superman II, Superman III, Supergirl and the 1989 Batman movie were all shot at Pinewood Studios in England like the Bond films.
The director for Superman that Richard Donner replaced? Guy Hamilton, a famous Bond film director
Batman ‘66 Adam West was offered the role for Live and Let Die prior to Roger Moore but rejected it as he believed the character needed to be British.
Henry Cavill was Martin Campbell’s choice for Bond in Casino Royale but was deemed too young and Daniel Craig was cast:
I noticed this yesterday while scrolling on DCUI and loved it - thanks for calling this out getting the conversation started! I’ve learned a lot about the connections my two favorite franchises have!
Edit; apologies, I had this partially typed when I had to jump on meeting, and as such didn’t catch that @chintzybeatnik had already shared this first bit.
As far as I know, the first Bond comics of original content (as opposed to adaptation of movie adaptations of books) was 1992’s James Bond 007: Serpent’s Tooth, written by Doug Moench, whom we all know as the co-creator of Bane, creator of Black Mask, Nightslayer, and Film Freak, and writer of such classics as Batman #368 (JT’s first day as Robin), The Spectre (1987), shared contributions to Knightfall including the finalé #500, Knightsend, Contagion, and on …
The modern Dynamite comics of Bond were first written by Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, The Authority, Michael Cray, etc…), before being taken over by Benjamin Percy (tail end of prebirth Green Arrow, most of Rebirth Green Arrow, tail end of Rebirth Nightwing, etc…), then Greg Pak (Batman/Superman, City Boy, etc…), and most recently Garth Ennis (42 issues of this little thing called Hellblazer, Goddess, a run on The Demon that straddled Zero Hour but is for some reason also in need of getting digitized for DCUI, A Man Called Kev, Preacher, Hitman (what’s that, @Jurisdiction?), and of course the modern resurrection of All-Star Section-Eight and its inevitable spinoff, etc, etc, etc…)
In conclusion, James Bond is Oliver Queen.
BEST THING EVER!!!
I mean… yeah, it’s cool heh
Yes! DC was the first company to ever publish a James Bond comic book in North America! It’s a shame they didn’t go forward with a monthly 007 title.
Recent Action Comics writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson has also scripted a few recent Bond miniseries. Starman and JSA writer James Robinson did the excellent Felix Leiter miniseries. Andy Diggle of Green Arrow: Year One fame and namesake of the Arrow character did some mini-series work on Bond. Green Lantern writer Van Jensen also wrote the comic adaptations of the first Bond novels for Dynamite.
If you have Kindle Unlimited or Comixology Unlimited a majority of the Dynamite Bond comics are free to read.
I wonder how the rights for this particular comic work since it’s an adaptation of the movie, and not the book. Dynamite has the Fleming/Book Bond rights.
I didn’t think this thread would be a hit on the first day, Thankyou everybody for sharing the trivia of DC and James Bond connections.
If I understand correctly, though it was written as a movie adaptation (intended as an issue of Dell Movie Classic), it was published under Classics Illustrated as a book adaptation. (“Featuring stories by the worlds greatest authors”).
The Showcase issue shows the branding “Based on the novel, and now a United Artists film thriller!”
But your question is really interesting. The rights to Classics Illustrated seem to be kind of a mess. Wikipedia claims that First Classics, Inc owns the global digital rights to the brand, but their web site has a very limited catalog. (I think maybe they only control that which was republished in the early 90s by First Comics?) Classic Comic Store seems to own the physical publishing rights to everything else, but they can’t seem to maintain a valid TLS certificate for their web site and run a store out of eBay.
Obviously the legal rights depend on how that original license is worded, but I feel like DC could probably digitize it and see who comes knocking without much fear. It seems highly unlikely to be controlled by United Artists or Dynamite in any way.