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Comic book writer Andy Diggle talks James Bond 'Hammerhead'

12-Aug-2016 • Literary

Dynamite Comics are about to launch their third adventure later this year with a new team. Spinning out from the first two Warren Ellis & Jason Masters titles 'VARGR' and 'Eidolon', writer Andy Diggle and artist Luca Casalanguida have been teamed up for 'Hammerhead' - due out this October.

Diggle spoke to io9 this week about the new series:

Tell us a little bit about the setup for Hammerhead.
Diggle: It begins with Bond assigned to hunt down “Kraken,” a radical anti-capitalist who has targeted the defense contractor replacing Britain’s aging Trident nukes. Needless to say, things get a little more complicated. The wider story is about Britain’s place in the post-Cold War, post-Brexit world. Are we still a global power? Do we even need nuclear weapons? Is 007 a force for positive change, or a protector of vested interests?

Hammerhead is the name of a high-tech weapons system Britain is selling to allies with less-than-stellar human rights records. The question is, do the ends justify the means? The Cold War made that kind of moral evaluation much simpler—the Soviet Union and SMERSH were the enemy. Nowadays, Bond has to navigate a moral maze where even allies spy on each other.

How did you approach taking Warren Ellis’ interpretation of Bond and making it into your own for Hammerhead?
Diggle: The character is bigger than any one writer, and I’m not trying to mimic anyone’s style. This is my Bond. Detached, professional, ironic. A man who doesn’t particularly enjoy the dirty work, but puts his life on the line because it because he believes in the greater good. Of course, it isn’t always easy to see which way the greater good lies, and I think Bond is somewhat fatalistic about that. You play the hand you’re dealt.

Click here to read the complete interview on io9.


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