Bond Talk After Dark - Art Appreciation Edition

This week brings a comic book meaner than KINGSMAN, a possible BOND 25 distribution clue, and an early birthday present.

Headlines for this column are often a challenge, because let's be honest: there's never any unifying theme. It's all the Bond-related nonsense I'd normally tweet out to the faithful, but didn't warrant its own article. But this week, at least three of the things I wanted to share with you are artwork-related, so that's what we're going with for the headline. Thanks for understanding.

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I just picked up issue #1 of Jimmy’s Bastards by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and artist Russ Braun, and it plays a bit like Ennis saw the mean streak on display in Mark Millar’s The Secret Service and said “hold my martini.” And friends, I am digging it. Jimmy’s Bastards features a very Roger Moore-esque, quippy secret agent named Jimmy Regent facing down some colorful foes, meeting new partners, and possibly baiting both sides of the sociopolitical climate in which we find ourselves. Take a look:

And then there's this...

And then THIS...

But also this!

Something for everyone. The premise of Jimmy’s Bastards is kind of right there in the title, but it's also a big reveal on the last page, so let’s just say it’s a very logical turn of events for MI6’s most promiscuous gentleman spy. I’m hooked.

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Here’s a whisper of Bond 25 speculation: Paramount has signed on to distribute that OTHER Eon assassin thriller The Rhythm Section, and as some of our commenters have pointed out, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (where Daniel Craig officially announced his return last week) is owned by Paramount’s parent company Viacom. Does this point to Bond 25 landing at Paramount? Sure, as much as anything points to anything at this point. Our helpful commenters have also pointed out that Megan Ellison’s brother is set up at Paramount, so her retweet last week might have just been sibling support…? Who the hell knows.

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Last week I showed a pic from an upcoming movie memorabilia auction for the Royal Navy Commander’s cap worn by Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me. Inside the hat was the name of its Savile Row manufacturer.

Well, did you know that Gieves & Hawkes is still in business? And that they will, upon payment, mail a Royal Navy Commander’s cap to, like, anyone? I mean, that's what I've heard, anyway.

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Matt and Matt have a new James Bonding up, and in this episode they design (with help from Paul Scheer) a James Bond theme park from the ground up. It's a delight to hear, and Matt Gourley even created some amazing concept art:

I'm not a theme park guy but I like where this venture is headed. Give it a listen.

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Did I mention I have the best colleagues in the world? We bust chops and wind each other up, but I’m truly blessed to have the likes of Meredith Borders, Scott Wampler, Jacob Knight and Evan Saathoff in my life. It’s so nice to work with people who are also legitimate friends, and who just GET you.

My birthday is not for a couple weeks yet, but this came in the mail yesterday and is, no exaggeration, one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received:

Damn, I've never looked better. I'm touched, humbled, honored, narcissistically tickled - this gift is everything. It’s even cooler that this original piece that my dear pals commissioned is created by my “brother in Bond,” the amazing Ibrahim Moustafa, an artist of whom I’ve been a fan for some time. Ibrahim tells me this piece was inspired by Bob Peak's unused poster art for Licence Revoked (later retitled Licence To Kill). I can think of no higher honor. If you're a Bond fan, you should definitely be checking out Ibrahim’s stuff here and especially here

Sorry to end on a brag, but that's where the day landed! If it's any consolation, please know it's also my sincere wish that you have the same quality people in your lives as I do. It makes everything a little better. 

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