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The James Bond Omnibus 005 Paperback – Illustrated, 22 Nov 2013
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"Fast, furious action, masses of moody menace, sharply clever dialogue and a wealth of exotic locales and ladies make this an unmissable adjunct to the Bond mythos and a collection no fan can do without. After all, nobody does it better…" --Comics Review
"Charm to leave readers feeling shaken and stirred." --Den of Geek
"Aficionados of old school 1970s comic strips, Cold War spy geeks or James Bond fans will enjoy a good yarn reading these comic-strip tales." --Retrenders
"These books are great for anyone that digs James Bond." --Comic Vine
"These are quality Bond stories that every fan should appreciate." --Cinema Sentries
About the Author
James Lawrence began his writing career scripting training films for the US Armed Forces, and moved on to write features including Buck Rogers and Joe Palooka. Yaroslav Horak created the outback adventure strip Mike Steel for the Sydney Morning Herald.
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The stories are entertaining - all 'specially written for the strip and not adapted from Ian Fleming's books. Bond gets away with some ludicrous comments to the women which nowadays would be considered sexual harassment, but fortunately this isn't a major feature of the book.
Recommended for people interested in British action/adventure strips.
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The strip series runs are presented out of order so an adventure that takes place in the 1980's may be followed by an adventure from the early 1970's. The stories are are not derived from Ian Fleming material but cut from whole cloth by Jim Lawrence and Yaroslav Horak. The stories occasionally presage bits that ended up in the films later while paying a kind of careful homage to the films of the day. The character of Bond is the same hybrid of the literary Bond and Connery's Bond that Lawrence and Horak developed at the start of Horak's run while they still had a bit of Fleming to work with (The Living Daylights comes to mind) but the stories are often a bit more far fetched sci-fi (remote controlled gorillas, robots, etc..) than actual spy thrillers and are quite a bit racier than either the Fleming tales or the films, with Horak missing no opportunity to show a bit of T & A.
The quality of the strips ebbs and flows with some scripts being tighter than others. The artwork too, sometimes feels rushed with Bond's head seeming too big for his body or with some panels being under drawn but, just as often, Horak transports us very successfully into a stylish and fantastical world.
When the quality of the strip is at it's best (writing and art), there's a sense of what high style was for the period. Bill Tanner is a much more developed character in the strips than in either the books or the films and he's always driving whatever the Jaguar of the period was. Bond drives either a Jensen Healey or, sometimes, an imaginary GT- something out of Horak's imagination. He often revers to women as "luv" which is distractingly not like James Bond to do but it's interesting nonetheless to see a different interpretation of Ian Fleming's creation in the 1970's and '80's than what EON visualized for the cinematic Bond.