On Her Majesty's Secret Service
||29th June 1964 to
17th May 1965
||#0001 to #0274 (Series Two)
||Ian Fleming, Henry Gammidge
||Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Irma Bunt
||Comtesse Teresa Di Vicenzo, Ruby Windsor
||Marc-Ange Draco, Sable Basilisk, M, Moneypenny, Tanner,
Shaun Campbell, Professor Leathers, Mr Franklin, Che-Che,
||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.
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
Above: Daily Express readers in April
1965 saw James Bond marry Tracy Di Vicenzo.
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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