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The James Bond Omnibus, Volume 001

by Anthony Hern, Henry Gammidge, John McClusky (Illustrator), Peter O'Donnell

Other authors: Ian Fleming (Creator), Roger Moore (Introduction)

Series: James Bond Graphic Novels (1-3, et al.), James Bond in comics (1-3, et al.)

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James Bond, the world's most famous secret agent, has thrilled audiences for over fifty years with his globe-trotting adventures. THE JAMES BOND OMNIBUS collects eleven of Ian Fleming's original daily comic strips for the very first time in a mammoth omnibus edition. Including the stories: CASINO ROYALE, LIVE AND LET DIE, MOONRAKER, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, DR. NO, GOLDFINGER, FROM A VIEW TO A KILL, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY and THUNDERBALL.… (more)
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This volume collects the installments of the James Bond comic strip that ran in the Daily Express from 1958 to 1962, adapting the plots of Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love, Dr No, Goldfinger, "Risico," "From a View to a Kill," "For Your Eyes Only," and Thunderball into strips of 2-4 panels; each novel gets condensed into about 125 strips.

They're heavy on the narration and the recapping; I wouldn't say the writing of the adaptations is any great achievement. Except for Thunderball, which is massively cut down (once SPECTRE steals the plane, Bond defeats them in six strips!), the plots are pretty much intact, with all the strengths and weaknesses that implies. Because so little plot is cut, the opening of Goldfinger goes on too long just as it does in the novel; the need to communicate so much means that most conversations are disjointed and expressed in narration. In the first couple stories, the narration is in the third person, then it switches to first person from Bond for a couple, then it goes back to third for the rest. I did think the short stories from For Your Eyes Only really shone at this length; I think they have less compression, and don't feel as drawn out. They become cracking little action pieces, especially "For Your Eyes Only." I did note that these are the only Bond adaptations to maintain Fleming's careful inventories of Bond's meals; on the other hand, they change the third ingredient in the vesper from Kina Lillet to vermouth!

The art is great, though. Sharp black-and-white stuff that suits the mood of Fleming's stories admirably. John McLusky does his best with landscapes and creatures; Bond battling the occasional sea creature also looked great. His villains are grotesque, his women stylish, and his Bond cruel. I don't know that I really recommend sitting down and reading them all through in a couple days as I did, but if you're a Bond devotee (and maybe I am?), they're worth investigating.
  Stevil2001 | Jun 23, 2019 |
An excellent collection, & in the main adaptation, with McClusky's art being very faithful to the original Fleming descriptions. The Thunderball adaptation was a little weak though ( )
  aadyer | Sep 7, 2012 |
Fleming's tight plots lent themselves to the newspaper comic strip format and McLusky's sharp ilustrative style delivers the familar stories with great impact that is undermined by the need to reproduce some strips from faded newsprint. ( )
  TheoClarke | Sep 23, 2010 |
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Hern, Anthonyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gammidge, Henrymain authorall editionsconfirmed
McClusky, JohnIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Donnell, Petermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Fleming, IanCreatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, RogerIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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James Bond, the world's most famous secret agent, has thrilled audiences for over fifty years with his globe-trotting adventures. THE JAMES BOND OMNIBUS collects eleven of Ian Fleming's original daily comic strips for the very first time in a mammoth omnibus edition. Including the stories: CASINO ROYALE, LIVE AND LET DIE, MOONRAKER, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, DR. NO, GOLDFINGER, FROM A VIEW TO A KILL, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY and THUNDERBALL.

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Casino royale --
Live and let die --
Moonraker --
Diamonds are forever --
From Russia with love --
Dr No --
Goldfinger --
Risico --
From a view to a kill --
For your eyes only --
Thunderball.
Responsibility: based on the original stories written by Ian Fleming ; adapted by Anthony Hern, Peter O'Donnell & Henry Gammidge ; art by John McClusky.
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