||14th November 1966 to
27th May 1967
||#264 to #428
||Ian Fleming, Jim Lawrence
||Major Dexter Smythe, Yat Foo, Kim Foo
||Trudi Oberhauser, Mary Goodnight
||M, Bill Tanner,
||Austrian Alps, London, Jamaica.
Above: Bond assists Trudi Oberhauser
in her investigation of her father's murder.
When an old friend's body is found in the Alps 20 years after
he disappeared, James Bond quickly finds himself caught between
Nazi gold, the Chinese Tongs and the savage, eight-armed embrace
of Octopussy! Mountain guide Hannes Oberhauser was the man who
taught James Bond how to ski, and two decades later 007 must team
up with his daughter Trudi to hunt for his killer.
Above: The opening panel of "Octopussy"
Above: Like a true Bond villain, Smythe
had an impressive base of operations - with a waterfront entrace
straight from the sea into his living room.
Source To Strip
By this point in the comic strip series, original material
was thin on the ground, so Lawrence took to adapting Fleming's
The central plot of Major Dexter Smythe and his cache of
Nazi gold remains as Fleming had written, but Lawrence created
back story with the Chinese Tong gang and Trudi Oberhauser
added to put flesh on the bones. For the (perhaps overlong)
main body of the story, Bond is essentially a murder investigator
in this expanded version.
For the conclusion, Lawrence adds another twist to Fleming's
short story. Dexter Smythe gives his dying confession to
Bond, but only after a new underwater face-off action sequence
added by Lawrence.
Bond: "Forgive Barbarian tactics, but humble servant object
most strongly to being tailed."
"Octopussy" was the first Fleming-based comic strip
that was significantly changed by Jim Lawrence.
Publisher: Titan Books
Released: 20th February 2004
Titles Included: "Octopussy", "The Hildebrand
"Octopussy" by Titan Books
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