||18th January 1971 to
20th April 1971
||#1520 to #1596
||Ferenc Kress, Sir William Magnus, Ivor Lambert
||Inspector Craig, M, Bill Tanner, Miss Moneypenny,
Derek, Fred Palmer
Above: Bond resorts to Lady Luck to
determine whether he should trust his former lover Briony
When 0013 arrives back from her stint in China, and MI6 believes
the Communists have turned her, she can only put her trust in
one man – James Bond. Together, framed agent Briony Thorne
and 007 must uncover a conspiracy within a mining company to clear
her name. Sir William Magnus has made lucrative ore strikes, and
suspicion is raised when his office is broken into by a mysterious
man who cracks the safe and then proceeds to blow himself up.
Despite being her lover and a good judge of character, Bond resorts
to deciding Briony’s fate on the toss of a coin.
Above: The opening panel of "Fear
Above: "Telefactoring" allows
Lambert to remotely control his robots, in this case against
Source To Strip
Writer Jim Lawrence introduces a new 00 agent in this adventure
in the (curvaceous) shape of Briony Thorne. Lawrence gives
her a backstory with Bond, but her fate is never made quite
clear. It can be assumed that she is reinstated to the 00
section at the end of the strip due to her foreign posting,
but another female 00 agent would become Bond's regular
sidekick in later adventures - Suzy Kew.
The story takes place completely in the UK, with Bond acting
as detective and utilising few of his 00 skills. The rather
low-key villain Kress is only revealed in the final confrontation
in the story, which could have easily been expanded to a
SPECTRE style plot.
Despite Lawrence's attempts to thrust Bond into sci-fi
mode, artist Yaroslav Horak manages to keep 007's feet on
the ground with realistic settings and believable depictions
of the technology.
Autonomous robots that break in to facilities and then self-destruct
were central to the plot of the planned (but never made) third
Timothy Dalton film.
Bond: "Heads! So fate's telling me to trust you - and like
a fool, I'll do as she says."
The title “Fear Face” derives from the faceless robots
created by co-conspirator Lambert, who uses the automatons to
carry out his dirty work.
Publisher: Titan Books
Released: 21st April 2006
Titles Included: "The Golden Ghost", "Fear
Face", "Double Jeopardy", "Star Fire"
"The Golden Ghost"
by Titan Books
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