For Your Eyes Only
||11th September 1961 to
9th December 1961
||#988 to #1065
||Ian Fleming, Henry Gammidge
||Von Hammerstein, 'Major' Gonzales
||Colonel 'Johns', M, (Colonel Havelock)
||Content, Jamaica; London, England; North Vermont,
USA; Montreal, Canada; Ottawa, Canada; Echo Lake, Canadian/US
Above: James Bond wrestles with his
conscious but ultimately decides to carry out the favour
James Bond does a favour for M by arranging to kill Nazi war criminal
von Hammerstein, who killed M’s friends the Havelock's in
order to get their property in Jamaica. In a strictly secret mission,
Bond goes to the Canadian border to carry out the assassination,
but he is beaten to it by Judy Havelock, the dead couple’s
daughter. Bond shoots Gonzales and von Hammerstein’s henchmen,
and the pair escape.
Above: The opening panel of "For
Your Eyes Only"
Above: Von Hammerstein's fate is decided
not by Bond, but by Judy Havelock.
Source To Strip
For Your Eyes Only, the titular adventure of Ian Fleming's
collection, was the third and final (for the time being)
short story adaptation by McLusky and Gammidge (Yaroslav
Horak and Jim Lawrence later adapted "The Hildebrand
Rarity", but "Quantum of Solace" was ignored).
McLusky continues his style used for "Risico"
and "From A View To A Kill" but adds more interesting
perspectives to the long dialogue scenes in this story.
McLusky also introduces maps in occasional cells, to convey
Bond's travel to the reader. The level of violence used
in this story is quite graphically depicted by McLusky,
and was perhaps one of the bloodiest strip adventures to
Gammidge utilises a lot of Fleming's prose in this adventure,
which due to the short story format, makes it across into the
strip without the need for large cuts to Fleming's work. "For
Your Eyes Only" was to be the last complete adventure created
by McLusky and Gammidge in the first series of Daily Express strips,
with the ill-fated "Thunderball" next...
Colonel 'Johns': "Our Commissioner's motto: `never send a
man where you can send a bullet`. You might remember that. So
long, Commander Bond."
Judy Havelock is replace by Melina in the 1981 film of the same
name, but the character and revenge plot remain quite close to
Fleming's source material.
Publisher: Titan Books
Released: 25th February 2005
Titles Included: "Goldfinger", "Risico",
"From A View To A Kill", "For Your Eyes Only",
"Goldfinger" by Titan
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