||28th December 1971 to
10th June 1972
||#1810 to #1951
||Baron Sharck (Commissar Sharkface), Olga, Igor, Phillip
||Gretta, Folly Wilde
||Bill Tanner, Moneypenny
||Riviera, France; Orly Airport, Paris, France; Los
Angeles, California, USA; Belluna, California, Usa
Above: From the opening panel, scantly
clad women adorn almost every strip.
In Trouble Spot, first published in the Daily Express in 1971,
James Bond has to track down a "box", and his best
lead is Mike Channing's blind wife. 007 has no option but to
assume the identity of the now dead Channing and try to convince
his widow to lead him to the mysterious box, before a brutal
Russian commissar known as Sharkface beats him to it.
Above: The opening panel of "Trouble
Above: Lawrence's plots usually
include some high technology, and despite the down to earth
plot, there is still room for a deadly gadget.
Source To Strip
In a shift away from his usual high-tech storylines, writer
Jim Lawrence creates a down-to-earth espionage tale
for James Bond in Trouble Spot. The only issue with
the adventure to find 'the box' is that it really does
not warrant the attentions of a double-0 agent. Set
of Cold War tensions and spy vs spy warfare, Trouble
Spot is an interesting outing for Bond with the key
Fleming elements: sex, sadism and snobbery.
Artist Yaroslav Horak goes even further
with his artwork in this strip - a watershed outing in
the series which
sees scantily clad women in almost every panel, and only
the slightest excuse needed for them to strip into the
bare essentials. With hints of sadomasochism thrown in
in the shape of the whip-toting Olga, Trouble Spot would
no doubt have been approved by Fleming, if not the fans.
Above: In order to convince Bond
to talk, Sharck threatens to have Gretta whipped
Bond: "A little faster with those knots, Olga dear! Or would a few strokes
on the flank with your own whip help you undo them more deftly?"
Bond uses a telephone gadget to deliver a high-pitch shrill -
disabling a goon. A villain would use a similar device at the
United Nations in the film "Live And Let Die" two years later.
Publisher: Titan Books
Released: 22nd September 2006
Titles Included: "Trouble Spot", "Isle of Condors",
" The League of Vampires", "
Die With My Boots On"
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