The James Bond Omnibus Vol.1 Paperback – 25 Sep 2009
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'This flexi-bound paperback collection (is) worthy for any fan of the movies or original books.' --- The Daily Express
'High on espionage, and Boys' Own-style global adventure but with grittier, more brutal villain... you ll be in 007 heaven.' --- Den of Geek
'Breathless action anticipates the films more fanciful flourishes.' --- Total Film
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Thank Alfred, then, for The James Bond Omnibus, a collection of comic strips that ran in the Daily Express between 1958 and 1962. This book, which is made of 100% recycled groovy, is the perfect thing for a dangerously obsessive Bond freak who's watched the films and read the novels so many times that he introduces himself with his surname first, then his first name and surname together, even if he has a name that doesn't sound remotely cool when spoken like that. Fortunately I don't know anyone quite that obsessive, and I certainly wouldn't be caught doing that myself, oh no.
Anyway. Ian Fleming's original books were serialised in the Express in the days before it became the Daily Diana Conspiracy Theory, and if you'd been around then you would have been alternately entertained by the zippy plots and fantastic artwork (by John McLusky in this book; other artists such as the peerless Yaroslav Horak - surely a Bond villain name if ever there was one - would take over later), and frustrated by the fact that it took about four seconds to read and then you had to wait till tomorrow for the next four seconds. But the majesty of this book is that that frustration has been banished - banished, I say! - by squidging them all together into one continuous story.
One thing I love about Fleming's novels is that Bond can often be found spouting the most ridiculous put-downs to the villains which even Roger Moore would have trouble saying out loud, and I'm pleased to see they're carried through to the comic strips. My current favourite, from 'Moonraker', is: "I think you're a lunatic, and a hairy faced lunatic at that".Read more ›
Whilst you do get more strips for your money you do lose out on the size (roughly two thirds of the earlier books) and none of the fascinating articles have been carried over.
So for the casual Bond fan this book is superb but if you are after a little bit more than I suggest picking up the original Titan albums which has better paper and the artwork is far more clearer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wish it had been clearer that these were cartoon versions of Bond so be clear when you buy this they are cartoons.Published on 28 July 2013 by J. F. Bullimore
It is good to own and read the original storyboards of James Bond, 007. I enjoyed the books and now can enjoy the strips and see if my idea of the villan matches the illistrator.Published on 16 Sept. 2011 by Diane
i thought this was the ian fleming novels in an omnibus, not a collection of comic strips. The product name is very miss leading if you haven't got much time to look through... Read morePublished on 30 July 2011 by lozg1985
An ideal book for James Bond fans of all ages as it is in graphic (comic strip) format. Dip in and indulge in the orginal Ian Fleming stories in comic strip. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2011 by NickyP