The Golden Ghost

Publisher: Daily Express
Released: 21st August 1970 to
16th January 1971
Serial: #1394 to #1519
Artist: Yaroslav Horak
Writer: Jim Lawrence

Data Stream
Villains: Felix Ignace Bruhl, Regan, Slater, Arno Kane, Kapski, Vix, Madame Spectra
Bond Girls: Velvet Lee, Bridget Penwyn
Allies: Sutton, Miss Moneypenny, M, Bill Tanner
Locations: London, UK; Cannes, France; St. Tropez, France; Nice, France; Island off the coast of Africa

Above: Bond is usually cautious of superstition, and is proved right after Penwyn meets an untimely end.

Capsule Synopsis
James Bond volunteers to learn the true motivation of the mysterious Madam Spectra - who appears in the opening panel only – offering S.P.E.C.T.R.E. information in exchange for £1 million.

Following a failed rendezvous with a S.P.E.C.T.R.E. agent, Bond soon realises a third party is at play and returns to London with only his contact’s brief dying words and an ambiguous symbol. The establishment finally takes Bond’s suspicions over the Golden Ghost’s maiden voyage seriously when a clairvoyant who predicted disaster for the nuclear powered ship is killed under his nose.

Above: The opening panel of "The Golden Ghost"

Above: Bond survives his keel-hauling and returns to confront Bruhl.

Source To Strip
Writer Jim Lawrence embarks on a fresh adventure following the adaptation of Kingsley Amis' "Colonel Sun" novel. The opening strip draws attention to this for the first time with the caption "from an original story by Jim Lawrence". The plot features a unique twist: SPECTRE's old guard (loyal to Ernst Stavro Blofeld) seeking revenge against Bond whilst also competing with the new regime led by Madame Spectra. Due to this infighting, Spectra actually assists Bond in his mission.

Although some of the cave backdrops are not up to his usual high standard, Horak's action sequences carry the story brilliantly, so much so that there is not a single word of dialog uttered for 23 cells during the climatic fight in the bowels of the airship.

The strip contains some notable future echo's with the film series: Bond's keel hauling in shark infested waters was used two years later in "Live And Let Die", an airship controlled by a villain also appeared in 1985's "A View To A Kill", and a brutal fight in a galley kitchen would feature in 1987's "The Living Daylights".

Best Line
Bruhl: "Our last conversation was cut short by James Bond. This time, I trust, we are safe some any such annoying interruption!"

Bond finds the initials 'GG' inscribed on a lighter that tips him off to the villain - the same initials and clue were used on a diamond in the 2002 film "Die Another Day".

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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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