Interview: Andy Diggle on Dynamite’s James Bond: Hammerhead

James Bond: Hammerhead #1 Francesco Francavilla cover.

James Bond: Hammerhead #1 Francesco Francavilla cover.


Andy Diggle is the popular writer of Thief of Thieves, Doctor Who, The Losers, and more. Now he takes on the world’s greatest super spy in Dynamite’s James Bond: Hammerhead. He recently told Westfield’s Roger Ash what’s on the way in this exciting adventure!

Westfield: How did you become involved with the project?

Andy Diggle: They asked! I guess it’s pretty clear form my body of work that Bond has long been an influence on me. Almost everything I’ve written, from Snow/Tiger to The Losers to Thief Of Thieves to Uncanny, has a bit of Bond threaded through its DNA. It’s great to be doing the real thing.

James Bond: Hammerhead #1 Robert Hack cover

James Bond: Hammerhead #1 Robert Hack cover


Westfield: For you, what is the essence of Bond?

Diggle: His relentlessness. Once he has fixed his mind on his objective, nothing will stop him. But he’s more than just a “blunt instrument,” as Fleming put it. Pop culture if full of tough guys; what makes Bond so resonant is the contrast between charming, debonair gentleman Bond and ruthless, hard-as-nails, man-of-action Bond. It’s a great pleasure putting him in situations where we get to see him flip from one to the other. I love to write action, but it’s equally as satisfying to write, say, Bond’s flirtatious badinage at some VIP soiree. Readers have a certain set of expectations of what to expect from a Bond story, and it’s important not to fall into cliché.

James Bond: Hammerhead #1 Ron Salas cover

James Bond: Hammerhead #1 Ron Salas cover


Westfield: What can tell us about the story in James Bond: Hammerhead?

Diggle: A “radical anticapitalist” known as Kraken is targeting the arms company responsible for updating the UK’s submarine-based Trident nuclear weapons, and Bond is assigned to hunt him down. Of course, things quickly get a bit more complicated than that. It’s about Britain’s place in the post-Cold War, post-Brexit world. What are we still good for? Arms sales is one – and some people are none too happy about it. Bond teams up with Victoria Hunt, the arms company VP, to bring Kraken down.

James Bond: Hammerhead #1 uncolored preview art by Luca Casalanguida.

James Bond: Hammerhead #1 uncolored preview art by Luca Casalanguida.


Westfield: Bond is known for facing incredible villains. Did you enjoy creating a new nemesis and what can you tell us about them?

Diggle: A great villain is hugely important for a story like this. Ian Fleming was the all-time grandmaster of creating macabre, ruthless villains – Le Chiffre, Mr. Big, Auric Goldfinger, Dr. No, Blofeld. They all have a certain larger-than-life quality that makes them so memorable. The trick is to make them unique without falling into Austin Powers parody territory. I’ve always prided myself on writing villains who are as smart as they are ruthless, and they need to have a plan that makes sense. No “let’s start a nuclear war so we can all live in the sea!”

James Bond: Hammerhead #1 uncolored preview art by Luca Casalanguida.

James Bond: Hammerhead #1 uncolored preview art by Luca Casalanguida.


Westfield: What can you say about your collaboration with artist Luca Casalanguida?

Diggle: He’s great! I’m very happy to be working with him. He’s fairly new to the scene but we all agreed he has great talent and an innate sense of visual storytelling. There’s a beautifully noir quality to his work that suits Bond very well. I can’t wait for readers to see it!

James Bond: Hammerhead #1 uncolored preview art by Luca Casalanguida.

James Bond: Hammerhead #1 uncolored preview art by Luca Casalanguida.


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