||21st April 1971 to
28th August 1971
||#1597 to #1708
||Pujar (SPETRE agent), Mister K (AKA Fritz Kumura),
||Lalla Sadub, Lady Cynthia Winter
||Hassan Murad, Bill Tanner, M, Moneypenny
||New York, USA; London, UK; France; Marrakech, Morocco;
Essaouira, Morocco; Berlin, Germany
Above: Bond's briefcase packs quite
a punch - with a concealed pistol triggered by the handle!
James Bond is sent on detective duty when paintings appear to
have been stolen from the Manhattan Museum of Art by its director
– who is then found dead. A top Ministry of Defence official
also kills himself, covering up his wife’s spying following
her blackmail by a look-alike. In France, the head of a major
chemical company seems to steal his own trade secrets is then
killed, but 007 catches the perpetrator when he attempts to sell
the valuable information.
When Bond questions the MoD officer’s wife for a description
of her blackmailer, Bill Tanner recognises an agent of SPECTRE,
but M sends 007 off on a separate mission in China to eliminate
the Red’s top assassin.
Above: The opening panel of "Double
Above: Bond plays possum and sneak a
'kiss' from Lalla Sadub, an Algerian who 007 takes a fancy
Source To Strip
Jim Lawrence crafts another original adventure that really
has little to do with the 00-section's routine assignments,
and is based around straight-forward detective work. The
use of body doubles is seen here for the first time, and
would be revisited as a plot device in the "Diamonds
Are Foever" - also released in 1971. Continuation author
Raymond Benson also used the plot idea in his 2000 novel
"Doubleshot". Of the Fleming elements, sadism
has good presence in this story, with Bond's leg broken
in cold blood whilst he's unconscious, and Bond deliberately
allowing the villain's villa to explode whilst they are
Artist Yaroslav Horak is in fine form as usual, with a
sweeping series of vistas encompassing several distinct
locales all crammed within a few strips. The Bond girl is
slightly forgettable though, and the 'T&A' quota is
somewhat below par. With so many different nationalities
in just few cells, Horak does an admiral job at making characters
instantly identifiable, and Bond's ally Hassan Murad is
especially well defined.
Hassan Murad: "Your lucky number 7 is famous my dear chap!
I'm Hassan Murad - known to M as 'our man in Morocco'"
Bill Tanner gets a field trip to assist Bond at the start of the
adventure in France. Bond has another favourite poet
in this strip, 'old Robert Louis'.
Publisher: Titan Books
Released: 21st April 2006
Titles Included: "The Golden Ghost", "Fear
Face", "Double Jeopardy", "Star Fire"
"The Golden Ghost"
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