Publisher: Daily Express
Released: 30th August 1971 to
24th December 1971
Serial: #1709 to #1809
Artist: Yaroslav Horak
Writer: Jim Lawrence

Data Stream
Villains: Luke Quantrill, Dutard, Roche, Lord Astro
Bond Girls: None
Allies: CIA Agent Perelli, Alan Quantrill, M, Bill Tanner, Moneypenny
Locations: London, England; Paris, France

Above: The mysterious 'Star Fire' tracks down another victim.

Capsule Synopsis
The thrashing of cult leader Lord Astro has caused a stir in the media that is only heightened when his abuser is killed by a mysterious fireball as predicted by the ‘Lord’. He is however simply a patsy, whose current public image is being used by Luke Quantrill to eliminate previous foes and aid the theft of aircraft designs for a S.P.E.C.T.R.E front company Dutard. Astro is not the only one being taken for a ride; Quantrill’s terms for the plans sale are constantly changing, as is his fee.

Above: The opening panel of "Starfire"

Above: James Bond follows the clues to unveil the perpetrator of the spate of 'Starfire' killings.

Source To Strip
Another straight-forward detective story by Jim Lawrence gives 007 little to do except follow the clues, but the adventure does contain some Bondian elements. Bond's preference to work alone comes through strongly when he dismisses the help of CIA Agent Perelli, and his disliking to the French is evident in his treatment of the goons in Paris. The background involvement of SPECTRE serves no real purpose than to tenuously ground the story in the ongoing series.

Artist Yaroslav Horak is on fine form as usual. His depiction of the mysterious Star Fire leaves enough to the imagination to later seem plausible given the explanation of the technology at the story's close. All of the characters are well defined, although due to the lack of a Bond Girl in Lawrence's story, the female form is in short supply after the hippie cult scenes.

Best Line
Luke Quantrill: "Your little CIA tin-star doesn't count here sheriff!"

Madame Spectra has a fleeting mention, her last for ten years until "Doomcrack". In the French cafe scene, Roche likens his target to a tiger, and a few strips later Bond proclaims to be that tiger - without having heard Roche's comments.

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Publisher: Titan Books
Released: 21st April 2006
Titles Included: "The Golden Ghost", "Fear Face", "Double Jeopardy", "Star Fire"

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