Eve Moneypenny is getting the comic book treatment for a one-off issue, which will be released in late August.
Moneypenny has been James Bond’s great ally for for half a century, but now is her turn to get the spotlight. James Bond: Moneypenny will follow Ian Flemings stories, but Moneypenny will be black. This version of Moneypenny will be M’s secretary and personal bodyguard/agent. Comic writer Jody Houser (Orphan Black, Rogue One) will be writing the one-off. Art will be by newcomer Jacob Edgar.
“As someone who came to James Bond late (much to the horror of many of my friends), the idea that I’d get to play in that world is amazing,” Houser said in a statement from Dynamite. “Writing a character like Moneypenny and exploring what makes her different from the more familiar MI6 operative has been a blast. In this story, we’ll get a look at exactly how she operates and some of the events that made her the woman she is.”
This is not the first solo project for the character. She had a trilogy called The Moneypenny Diaries, written Samantha Weinberg, the first woman to write an official Bond novel.
Academy Award Nominee Naomie Harris played Moneypenny in last two Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre. Based on her performance alone a Moneypenny spin-off series should be considered by Sony. There has been a lot noise made for a Black James Bond, Idris Elba being the popular choice. However, Daniel Craig might be sticking around longer, why not start making noise for a solo Moneypenny film. Harris’ portrayal was definitely influential, and she has gained name recognition do to her performance in Moonlight. There is also a growing concern over the lack of women of colour lead films, particularly in genre films.
Hopefully the comic gains traction and sparks the conversation necessary to get this idea off the ground.
James Bond: Moneypenny will be released in comic book stores and digitally Aug 30th 2017.