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Starting in 1958 and continuing to 1983, James Bond, the fictional character created by author Ian Fleming, appeared in a comic strip that consisted of 52 story arcs that were syndicated in British newspapers, 7 of which were initially published abroad.

In 1957, the Daily Express, a newspaper owned by Lord Beaverbrook, approached Ian Fleming about adapting his James Bond stories as comic strips. Fleming was then reluctant, because he felt the comic strips would lack the quality of his writing, potentially hurting his spy novel series while he was still writing. To wit, Fleming wrote:
“The Express are desperately anxious to turn James Bond into a strip cartoon. I have grave doubts about the desirability of this … Unless the standard of these books is maintained they will lose their point, and, I think, there I am in grave danger that inflation will spoil not only the readership, but also become something of a death-watch beetle inside the author. A tendency to write still further down might result. The author would see this happening, and disgust with the operation might creep in.”
Regardless, Fleming later agreed, and the first strip Casino Royale was published in 1958. The story was adapted by Anthony Hern, who previously had serialised Diamonds Are Forever and From Russia with Love for the Daily Express. The illustrations were by John McLusky, who later would illustrate twelve more James Bond comic strips with his partner Henry Gammidge until 1966.

To aid the Daily Express in illustrating James Bond, Ian Fleming commissioned an artist to sketch whom he believed James Bond to look like. John McLusky, however, felt that Fleming’s 007 appeared too “outdated” and “pre-war”, and thus changed James Bond to a more rugged and masculine appearance.  james05

The majority of the early comic strips were adapted by Henry Gammidge; however, the Dr. No adaptation was by Peter O’Donnell, years before he launched his legendary strip Modesty Blaise.

In 1962 the Daily Express abruptly cancelled their agreement with Ian Fleming when Lord Beaverbrook and Fleming disputed the rights to the James Bond short story “The Living Daylights”. Fleming had sold the rights to the Sunday Times, a rival newspaper — upsetting Beaverbrook into terminating his business relationship with Fleming. The dispute abruptly ended the comic strip adaptation of Thunderball. Actually, Thunderball never was finished; however, additional panels were added later for its syndication to other newspapers, and to expand and conclude the story. Beaverbrook and Fleming later settled their differences, and the comic strip serial would continue in 1964 with On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

In 1966 Yaroslav Horak replaced John McLusky as the artist for the Daily Express comic strip series and adapted six more Ian Fleming James Bond novels and short stories as well as Kingsley Amis’ Colonel Sun with partner Jim Lawrence. The Living Daylights was also republished in the Daily Express after first appearing in the first edition of the Sunday Times magazine on February 4, 1962 and in the American magazine Argosy in June of the same year under the title “Berlin Escape.”

With the success of The Man with the Golden Gun Horak and Lawrence subsequently went on to write and illustrate twenty original James Bond comic strips for the Daily Express after being granted permission by Ian Fleming’s Trust.

Other James Bond comic strips

In 1977 the Daily Express discontinued their series of Bond comic strips, although Horak and Lawrence went on to write and illustrate several other James Bond adventures for syndication abroad in Europe, for the Sunday Express (the Sunday edition of the Daily Express), and the Daily Star. Additionally, John McLusky returned to team up with Jim Lawrence for five comic strips. One strip, Doomcrack, is unusual in that it featured artwork by Harry North, who at the time worked for MAD Magazine on its film parodies.

The 1983 strip Polestar was abruptly terminated by the Daily Star midway through its run and was not completed, although the complete story did appear in non-UK newspapers and was followed by several more complete serials before the James Bond comic strip officially came to an end.

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UPDATE 17-04-2022

James Bond – D012 On Her Majestys Secret Service
The strip 20 is now on the right place.

Thanks to Ar

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BLACK AND WHITE

James Bond – D001 Casino Royale (580707-581213) 1-138
James Bond – D002 Live and Let Die (581215-590328) 139-225
James Bond – D003 Moonraker (590330-590808) 226-339
James Bond – D004 Diamonds Are Forever (590810-600130) 340-487
James Bond – D005 From Russia with Love (600201-600521) 488-583
James Bond – D006 Dr No (600523-601001) 584-697

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James Bond – D007 Goldfinger (601003-610401) 698-849
James Bond – D008 Risico (610403-610624) 850-921
James Bond – D009 From a View to a Kill (610626-610909) 922-987
James Bond – D010 For Yours Eyes Only (610911-611209) 988-1065
James Bond – D011 Thunderball (611211-620209) 1066-1128
James Bond – D012 On Her Majestys Secret Service (640629-650515)1-274

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James Bond – D013 You Only Live Twice (650517-660108) 275-475
James Bond – D014 The Man with the Golden Gun (660110-660909) 1-209
James Bond – D015 The Living Daylights (660912-661112) 210-263
James Bond – D016 Octopussy (661114-670527) 264-428
James Bond – D017 The Hildebrand Rarity (670529-671216) 429-602
James Bond – D018 The Spy Who Loved Me (671218-681003) 603-815

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James Bond – D019 The Harpies (681010-690623) 816-1037
James Bond – D020 River of Death (690624-691129) 1038-1174
James Bond – D021 Colonel Sun (691201-700820) 1175-1393
James Bond – D022 The Golden Ghost (700821-710116) 1394-1519)
James Bond – D023 Fear Face (710118-710420) 1520–1596
James Bond – D024 Double Jeopardy (710421-710828) 1597–1708

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James Bond – D025 Starfire (710830-711224) 1709-1809
James Bond – D026 Trouble Spot (711228-720610)1810–1951
James Bond – D027 Isle of Condors (720612-721024) 1952–2065
James Bond – D028 The League of Vampires (721025-730228) 2066–2172
James Bond – D029 Die with My Boots On (730301-730618) 2173–2256
James Bond – D030 The Girl Machine (730619-731203) 2257–2407

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James Bond – D031 Beware of Butterflies (731204-740511) 2408–2541
James Bond – D032 The Nevsky Nude (740513-740921) 2542–2655
James Bond – D033 The Phoenix Project (740923-750218) 2656–2780
James Bond – D034 The Black Ruby Caper (750219-750715) 2781–2897
James Bond – D035 Till Death Do Us Apart (750707-751014) 2898-2983
James Bond – D036 The Torch-Time Affair (751015-760115) 2984-3060

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James Bond – D037 Hot Shot (760116-760601) 3061-3178
James Bond – D038 Nightbird (760602-791104) 3179-3312
James Bond – D039 Ape of Diamonds (761105-770122) 3313-3437
James Bond – D040 When the Wizard Awakes (770130-770522) 0001-0054
James Bond – D041 Sea Dragon (1977) 55-192
James Bond – D042 Death Wing (77-78) 193-354

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James Bond – D043 The Xanadu Connection (1978) 355-468
James Bond – D044 Shark Bait (1978-1979)469-636
James Bond – D045 Doomcrack (810202-810819) 001-0174
James Bond – D046 The Paradise Plot 175-378 204
James Bond – D047 Deathmask (820607-830202) 379-552
James Bond – D048 Flittermouse (830209-830520) 553-624

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James Bond – D049 Polestar (830523-830715) 625-719
James Bond – D050 The Scent of Danger (1983) 720-821
James Bond – D051 Snake Goddess (1983-1984) 822-893
James Bond – D052 Double Eagle (1984) 894-965

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COLOUR (partial or complete in colour)

James Bond – D001 Casino Royale (580707-581213) 1-138 29 color
James Bond – D002 Live and Let Die (581215-590328) 139-225 Color
James Bond – D008 – Risico (610403-610624) 850-921 44 color
James Bond – D012 On Her Majestys Secret Service (640629-650515) 0001-0274 color
James Bond – D014 The Man with the Golden Gun (660110-660909) 1-209 14 color
James Bond – D017 The Hildebrand Rarity (670529-671216) 429-602 Color

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James Bond – D018 The Spy Who Loved Me (671218-681003) 603-815 Color
James Bond – D034 The Black Ruby Caper (750219-750715) 2781–2897 color
James Bond – D035 Till Death Do Us Apart (750707-751014) 2898-2983 color
James Bond – D036 The Torch-Time Affair (751015-760115) 2984-3060 color
James Bond – D037 Hot Shot (760116-760601) 3061-3178 color
James Bond – D040 When the Wizard Awakes (770130-770522) 0001-0054 color

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James Bond – D041 Sea Dragon (1977) 55-192 color
James Bond – D042 Death Wing (77-78) 193-354 color
James Bond – D044 Shark Bait (1978-1979)469-636 color
James Bond – D046 The Paradise Plot 175-378 color
James Bond – D050 The Scent of Danger (1983) 720-821 color

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  1. Ar says:

    Good afternoon everyone.

    Update James Bond
    Thanks to companion Andre

    Story
    D012 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (640629-650515)1-274

    The strip 20 is nowson the right place.
    Sorry for the inconvenient.

    Here is the link

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/wskn42b3ahci6l9/D012_On_Her_Majesty%2527s_Secret_Service_%2528640629-650515%25291-274.cbr/file

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