On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Publisher: Daily Express
Released: 29th June 1964 to
17th May 1965
Serial: #0001 to #0274 (Series Two)
Artist: John McLusky
Writer: Ian Fleming, Henry Gammidge

Data Stream
Villains: Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Irma Bunt
Bond Girls: Comtesse Teresa Di Vicenzo, Ruby Windsor
Allies: Marc-Ange Draco, Sable Basilisk, M, Moneypenny, Tanner, Shaun Campbell, Professor Leathers, Mr Franklin, Che-Che, Savage.
Locations: Sicily, Montreuil, Royale-Les-Eaux, Zurich, Piz Gloria, Quarterdeck (Windsor Forest, London), Munich.

Above: Bond rescues Tracy from becoming a social outcast by taking over from a losing Baccarat hand.

Capsule Synopsis
After spending over a year fruitlessly searching for Ernst Stavro Blofeld and his sinister organisation, SPECTRE, Bond decides that he’s had enough and will hand in his resignation! But before he can deliver it, a series of fateful clues put him back on Blofeld’s trail AND leads to a ‘first’ — James Bond falls in love!

Above: The opening panel of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"

Above: The end of one of the many fast paced action sequences dripping with cinematic style.

Source To Strip
After a two year gap since publication of the "Thunderball" had been curtailed, artist John McLusky and writer Henry Gammidge came back with a very faithful adaptation of Ian Fleming's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".

McLusky changed Bond's look slightly, following Sean Connery's cinematic success as 007, and the character's style was dragged out of the fifties into the swinging sixties. McLusky also opted on occasion to envelop the three cell format with one sweeping panel, adding to the cinematic feel of strip. Unlike the movie series, the newspaper strips adapted Fleming's source material in chronological order up to this point, so the continuity issue of Blofeld not recognizing Bond is not an issue.

Gammidge took full advantage of the near year-long syndication (the longest of the Fleming adaptations) to strengthen characters and remain true to the pace of Fleming's novel, whilst still managing to provide the regular cliffhangers required in the three cell strip format.

Above: Daily Express readers in April 1965 saw James Bond marry Tracy Di Vicenzo.

Best Line
Bond: "Tracy, I..."
Tracy: "Don't say anything, just love me, you are handsome and strong, no questions please..."

"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" was the longest running syndication of a Bond newspaper strip based on a Fleming novel.

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Publisher: Titan Books
Released: 23rd August 2004
Titles Included: "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", "You Only Live Twice"

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