It’s spy vs. spy in this week’s reviews of both the classic James Bond storyline: The Spy Who Loved Me and J. Scott Campbell’s James Bond imitation comic series: Danger Girl. Don’t be the one who misses out on the action!
JAMES BOND 007: THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
The various film and literary adaptations of writer Ian Fleming’s The Spy Who Loved Me novel bear little resemblance to the source material, and it’s not surprising. Fleming himself didn’t care for probably the most unusual of his James Bond novels, not wanting it to even be released in paperback (although it ultimately was). Thus this comic strip adaptation, by Jim Lawrence and Yaroslav Horak, draws upon only minor elements of the book, telling a virtually new story of the British agent off saving the world in Canada.
This oversized collection features an introduction by movie “Bond girl” Caroline Munro, a bit of history on both Fleming’s novel and the movie version, and an original comic strip Bond adventure, “The Harpies,” run in the Daily Express newspaper.
Danger Girl: Back in Black
J. Scott Campbell made quite a name for himself as a creator with “Danger Girl,” which featured James Bond-style adventures led by beautiful, scantily-clad heroines. Small wonder that he’d return to the characters with this miniseries, even though he only draws the covers—which are of course typically racy. As for the story itself, the gang of investigators reunites, goes undercover in a biker gang and a cowboy bar, fights men, and fills the pages between each gratuitous cheesecake shot in which either Abbey or Syd ends up covering her breasts with her hands.
Andy Hartnell and Nick Bradshaw team up to present a poor man’s version of the hit original, with some humor here and there and plenty of attractive women. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as well-drawn or witty as the initial series.