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JAMES BOND JR.

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Full Name: James Bond Jr.
Nationality: British
Organization: None
Occupation Other - Student

Creator: Michael G. Wilson, Andrew Heyward, Robby London
Time Span: 1967 - 1993

ABOUT THE SERIES

       James Bond, junior, is a prep-school student.
       He is attending the prestigious Warfield Academy in England and is a well-respected and much liked member of the class. This is evidenced by the fact that he is allowed to go on a wide assortment of field trips, many to foreign lands, and to take part in a variety of events which all inevitably lead to adventures. Many of these adventures get quite hair-raising and spectacular but luckily for young Bond he does not get into much trouble with the faculty for them.
       His history is not ever explained beyond the fact that he named after a famous government agent. It is implied that he is the nephew, not the son, of 007, which is strange because the original Bond was an only child (so no brother or sister to allow him to be an uncle) and did not have any children of his own until well into his career (and that child would be much too young to go up against the same adversaries his father faced). So, who he is remains undetermined.
       What he is, though, is quite known. He is a student with an incredible eye for adventure and a love of excitement and derring-do that would certainly impress his uncle. He is a good lucking brown-haired young man with considerable athleticism and a charisma that keeps the girls looking and smiling as he walks by. He is smart though not overly so and a tad impulsive but with brains and skills enough to get out of whatever trouble he gets into.
       He has an assortment of close friends at the Acadamy. Horace "I.Q." Boothroyd III is the grandson of Bond elder's Armorer, the ubiquitous "Q", and is every bit as inventive and eccentric as his grand-pere. Gordon "Gordo" Leiter is the tall, handsome likely son of Bond elder's good friend, CIA agent Felix Leiter. And there is Tracy Milbanks, daughter of the headmaster at the Academy and one of Junior's closest friends and sort of sometimes girl friend. Naturally there is at least one person at the school who is not a fan of James Bond Junior and the person heading that group is Trevor Noseworthy IV, a rich man's son who would love to be top dog on campus and tries repeatedly to get Junior expelled.

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Number of Books:11
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1993

       There are two James Bond, Jr's in this world apparently.
       The first was an attempt in the mid 60s by Glidrose Productions to appeal to the younger readers by creating a juvenile series which they made half of 007's number (003 1/2) and made him a nephew with the same name (not common but okay) but then added the Jr. which made no sense. The author's name was a penname and his real identity has been kept a secret all these years (other sites have possibly cracked the case). This adventure did not turn into the series the producers had hoped and 003 1/2 disappeared.
       Move forward more than two decades and you come with the second, more successful, attempt at a series. This one was in the form of a cartoon show and the producers, knowing the power of marketing made sure they covered all bases. That included novelizations of several of the half-hour adventures.
       These books are well written. They are not good adventures because they are based on really over-the-top silly storylines and there is only so much an author can do when so constrained but to their credit, they are well written.
       The first 6 books in this second incarnation are by John Vincent, a penname for John Peel and are aimed, I believe, at teenagers. The next 4 are by Caryn Jenner and are shorter and meant for tweens.

0 The Adventures of James Bond Junior 003½ The Adventures of James Bond Junior 003½
Written by R. D. Mascot
Copyright: 1967

James Bond, jr. wants to find out what is really going on in the mysterious Hazeley Hall and he uses the help of his current female friend, Sheelagh Smith.

1 A View To A Thrill A View To A Thrill
Written by John Vincent
Copyright: 1992

Adapted from the TV episode "The Beginning". Just new at Warfield Academy, James Bond jr. has his uncle's Aston Martin which has some new technology that S.C.U.M. wants and they send Jaws after it.

2 The Eiffel Target The Eiffel Target
Written by John Vincent
Copyright: 1992

Adapted from the TV episode "The Eiffel Missile". The bad guy is Dr. Derange and he has an explosive device beneath the Eiffel Tower and James Bond, jr. and his friends are sent to stop him.

3 Live And Let's Dance Live And Let's Dance
Written by John Vincent
Copyright: 1992

Adapted from the TV episode "Live And Let's Dance". Baron von Skarin wants to replace the heir to the rulership of Zamora. James Bond, jr. uses the help of a beautiful ballet student to stop him.

4 Sandblast! Sandblast!
Written by John Vincent
Copyright: 1992

Adapted from the TV episode "Shifting Sands". Pharaoh Fearo is an Egyptian gangleader who has a plan to corner the world's oil supply by using proceeds from stolen treasures. James and an Egyptian girl are out to stop him but that means fighting the desert as well as his thugs.

5 Sword Of Death Sword Of Death
Written by John Vincent
Copyright: 1992

Adapted from the TV episode "Sword of Power". Dr. No, who was killed by his uncle, is back active, this time in Japan, and planning on using an ancient sword with strange powers to take over the world.

6 High Stakes High Stakes
Written by John Vincent
Copyright: 1992

Adapted from the TV episode "There But for Ms. Fortune". Las Vegas casinos are the target for the evil Ms. Fortune, aided by her trusty butler. She plans to rob them using an ingenious ice-making formula.

7 Tunnel Of Doom Tunnel Of Doom
Written by Caryn Jenner
Copyright: 1993

Adapted from the TV episode "Canine Caper."

8 Barbella's Revenge Barbella's Revenge
Written by Caryn Jenner
Copyright: 1993

Adapted from the TV episode "Barbella’s Big Attraction."

9 Freeze Frame Freeze Frame
Written by Caryn Jenner
Copyright: 1993

Adapted from the TV episode "Weather or Not."

10 Dangerous Games Dangerous Games
Written by Caryn Jenner
Copyright: 1993

Adapted from the TV episode "Catching the Wave."

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:65
First Appearance:1991
Last Appearance:1991
Network:-

REGULAR CAST

       With the continuing popularity of the James Bond franchise, the estate of Ian Fleming, Glidrose Productions, in conjunction with M-G-M, the movie studio, decided to increase its fan base by creating a character that would appeal to the children market. This person would have adventures as exciting and dangerous as the movies but without the violence and sexuality that the movies, and books, were famous for. A cartoon series came from this decision, placed in syndication rather than through one network.
       The series lasted 65 episodes, each being 22-minutes long. It ran from Fall 1991 to Spring 1992 and then was discontinued.

The plots listed here are taken from those listed in Wikipedia's entry on the series.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:12
First Appearance:1991
Last Appearance:1991

1 The Beginning The Beginning
Published by Marvel Comics

Copyright: 1991

Published in James Bond Jr. #1, January, 1992.
"007's nephew arrives at Warfield Academy where he becomes the target of S.C.U.M. agents after his Aston Martin."

2 The Eiffel Missile The Eiffel Missile
Published by Marvel Comics

Copyright: 1991

Published in James Bond Jr. #2, February, 1992.
"S.C.U.M. plans to launch a nuclear missile from the Eiffel Tower towards Moscow."

3 Earth-Cracker! Earth-Cracker!
Published by Marvel Comics

Copyright: 1991

Published in James Bond Jr. #3, March, 1992.
"In Peru, Goldfinger seeks El Dorado, the legendary lost city of gold."

4 Plunder Down Under! Plunder Down Under!
Published by Marvel Comics

Copyright: 1991

Published in James Bond Jr. #4, April, 1992.
"In Greece, S.C.U.M. is stealing ships off the Mediterranean to build an armada."

5 Dance of the Toreadors Dance of the Toreadors
Published by Marvel Comics

Copyright: 1991

Published in James Bond Jr. #5, May, 1992.
"S.C.U.M. plans to take control of a nuclear power plant in England and blackmail the country out of one million pounds.."

6 The Gilt Complex The Gilt Complex
Published by Marvel Comics

Copyright: 1991

Published in James Bond Jr. #6, June, 1992.
"In Venice, Goldfinger plans to use I. Q.'s uncle Max, a chemist, in a plot to turn base metals into gold."

7 Sure As Eggs Is Eggs Sure As Eggs Is Eggs
Published by Marvel Comics

Copyright: 1991

Published in James Bond Jr. #7, July, 1992.
"The Scumlord uses a cat burglar to steal the Faberge Eggs, a key to Anglo-Russian relations."

8 Wave Goodbye To The U.S.A. Wave Goodbye To The U.S.A.
Published by Marvel Comics

Copyright: 1991

Published in James Bond Jr. #8, August, 1992.
"Goldfinger plans to raise a sunken Spanish armada for the gold it contains."

9 Absolute Zero! Absolute Zero!
Published by Marvel Comics

Copyright: 1991

Published in James Bond Jr. #9, September, 1992.
"S.C.U.M. plans to hold Switzerland ransom by encasing in glaciers created by Doctor No's Ice-Cap Machine."

10 Friends Like These! Friends Like These!
Published by Marvel Comics

Copyright: 1991

Published in James Bond Jr. #10, October, 1992.
"S.C.U.M. plans to kidnap an RAF man with NATO secrets when he visits the school."

11 Indian Summer Indian Summer
Published by Marvel Comics

Copyright: 1991

Published in James Bond Jr. #11, November, 1992.
"In India, Baron Von Skarin and Ms. Fortune join forces to obtain the Star of Kali, a priceless jewel."

12 Homeward Bound! Homeward Bound!
Published by Marvel Comics

Copyright: 1991

Published in James Bond Jr. #12, December, 1992.
"S.C.U.M. agents compete for the honor of killing 007's nephew."

COLLECTIBLES

Number of Collectibles:1
First Appearance:1991
Last Appearance:1991

1 James Bond Jr. - Lunchbox & Thermos James Bond Jr. - Lunchbox & Thermos
Food & Drink Containers
Aladdin
Copyright: 1991

A blue plastic food container (lunchbox) and a drink container (thermos) with illustrations of characters from the animated TV series.

MY COMMENTS

       I never watched any of the cartoon shows until I wanted to write this. Having watched the first episode, I really had no desire to watch any more of them. Naturally I knew they were for children but hey, I was around when Scooby Do first sniffed a clue and Thelma figured out if was the guy who owned the costume shop so maybe I would have liked it back then. But not likely.
       It was possibly that I had a tough time getting base the name being the same as the uncle. It did not make sense then or now. And the young man is frequently making references to his uncle so it is definitely not a mistake. And he introduces himself as "Bond. James Bond. Junior", so he uses the adjective himself. Perhaps it is .... ah, forget it. What's in a name, someone once said.
       On to the important stuff like is the series any good? No. Or is it realistically exciting? Again, no. Is it compelling. Still no. Is there something to bring you back for another adventure? Ah, no. Four-strike is now in effect.
       I did get a kick out of the fact that on the webpage of the man who wrote the first of the novelizations, he clearly points out that he was given some pretty lousy scripts to work with and did the best he could but you can only do so much with bad material.
       Having read a couple of the books, I would agree with him. Bad material to begin with. Pretty fair job despite it.
       Still. Very low grade.

GRADE

My Grade: C

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