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At last, the definitive account of James Bond's exploits during World War II! MARCH, 1941: Seventeen-year-old James Bond is a restless student in Scotland, an orphan, eager to strike out and make his mark on the world. But a visit by an old family friend coincides with THE CLYDEBANK BLITZ, the most devastating German attack on Scotland during the War. James will fight At last, the definitive account of James Bond's exploits during World War II! MARCH, 1941: Seventeen-year-old James Bond is a restless student in Scotland, an orphan, eager to strike out and make his mark on the world. But a visit by an old family friend coincides with THE CLYDEBANK BLITZ, the most devastating German attack on Scotland during the War. James will fight through hell to survive, coming out the other side determined to make a difference. He'll find his calling in a new British government service, secret in nature...


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At last, the definitive account of James Bond's exploits during World War II! MARCH, 1941: Seventeen-year-old James Bond is a restless student in Scotland, an orphan, eager to strike out and make his mark on the world. But a visit by an old family friend coincides with THE CLYDEBANK BLITZ, the most devastating German attack on Scotland during the War. James will fight At last, the definitive account of James Bond's exploits during World War II! MARCH, 1941: Seventeen-year-old James Bond is a restless student in Scotland, an orphan, eager to strike out and make his mark on the world. But a visit by an old family friend coincides with THE CLYDEBANK BLITZ, the most devastating German attack on Scotland during the War. James will fight through hell to survive, coming out the other side determined to make a difference. He'll find his calling in a new British government service, secret in nature...

30 review for James Bond: Origin, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    "This one's for Clydebank!"--James Bond Origin, Volume 1 is the seventh in the Dynamite series updating James Bond for the new millennium, even as we await a black female Bond in the film series. And one couldn't imagine a more different volume from the sixth, post-colonial text by Ales Kot (that Goodreads readers liked least so far, but I liked very much) and this sort of straightforward chronological origin story by Jeff Parker that establishes Bond's patriotic foundations (I guess "This one's for Clydebank!"--James Bond Origin, Volume 1 is the seventh in the Dynamite series updating James Bond for the new millennium, even as we await a black female Bond in the film series. And one couldn't imagine a more different volume from the sixth, post-colonial text by Ales Kot (that Goodreads readers liked least so far, but I liked very much) and this sort of straightforward chronological origin story by Jeff Parker that establishes Bond's patriotic foundations (I guess the crusty, Scotch-soaked cynicism in Bond comes later). In 1941 Bond is going to school in Scotland when he experiences first hand the Clydebank Blitz, a Luftwaffe attack on Scottish ship yards, and thereupon joins the Royal Navy. He's smart and fast and strong, so he is directed by his superiors to spy work, but he's not yet Secret Agent Man with that License to Kill. We see his careful development in all areas of combat and surveillance and then we see him in a series of three, one-issue adventures, including his time on a sub in the process of destroying a German destroyer with (this happens later) a stolen German fighter plane. The preposterousness of the action is quite the point in a Bond adventure. He's a version of Captain America; he's Captain Great Britain. But you're wondering what about the women? How is he as a lean young gorgeous man with the ladies? In another story, "Isabel," the title character, a young Portuguese girl, helps the young Bond fight the local Nazi infiltration, "helping" in some ways that we have come to know so well, va va voom! So, yeah, the debonair Bond is attracting women at a very early age, no surprise. Another short piece, "A Train to Catch," which appeared in Playboy (perfect for Bond, eh? that fifties pin-up style) features babe Esmee as the "centerpiece" (though have no fear, the sex is as ever off-screen in Bond stories) in James's effort to blow up a Nazi transport train. (What do you mean, was he successful??! Have you no idea who the future 007 is?!) Both women are not just sex objects, I note, as they really are instrumental in the action as are so many "Bond women." The art from Bob Q is period-appropriate, sepia-toned in places, perfect for WWII. Finally. I like and appreciate both Kot's post-colonial critique of Ian Fleming's sexist, racist, imperialist world and Parker's straightforward case for his patriotism and militant stance, responding as most would do to the attack on Great Britain. They both make good cases for their views, and tell good stories. Incidentally, I also just read Kyle Higgins' The Dead Hand, also a kind of spy thriller comic about Brits and Russia, WWII, the "origin story" of another MI6 operative. Parker's story is better, in my view, but if you like WWII spy stories.. . .

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    It's 1941, a teenage James Bond enlists in the British Navy after surviving a bombing raid. He's also recruited into what will become the OSS. We see his time as a midshipman on a submarine before he's ever sent into the field as an agent. I think that's what I like most about this series. Bond is not yet his debonair, swaggering, infallible self yet. He has doubts. He's still trying to figure things out like any teenager. He makes mistakes. Bob Q's art is perfect for this series. It was the sli It's 1941, a teenage James Bond enlists in the British Navy after surviving a bombing raid. He's also recruited into what will become the OSS. We see his time as a midshipman on a submarine before he's ever sent into the field as an agent. I think that's what I like most about this series. Bond is not yet his debonair, swaggering, infallible self yet. He has doubts. He's still trying to figure things out like any teenager. He makes mistakes. Bob Q's art is perfect for this series. It was the slightest stylistic, cartoon look to it with enough grit and action for a WWII book. Hopefully, we'll see more of Bond's WWII adventures from this creative team.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Emond

    I have been a fan of Jeff Parker's writing for a while and this book confirms my belief that he is a writer that always brings the quality. I am always impressed how he takes care with a new character to respect its past but adding his own insight into the characters that fit. You could do this book a lot of ways wrong but I was impressed how right this felt. A look at James Bond as a college aged man just learning the tricks of the spy-craft. It logically takes him along from pre-spy, to spy in I have been a fan of Jeff Parker's writing for a while and this book confirms my belief that he is a writer that always brings the quality. I am always impressed how he takes care with a new character to respect its past but adding his own insight into the characters that fit. You could do this book a lot of ways wrong but I was impressed how right this felt. A look at James Bond as a college aged man just learning the tricks of the spy-craft. It logically takes him along from pre-spy, to spy in training to spy in the field. All the while we see characteristics that will emerge from the Bond we know from the novels (and the good movies :). The art is solid. It isn't the reason to buy the book but it works well for the atmosphere. I think the thing stopping me from 100% loving the art is a) many faces started to look the same (which is bad when there are a lot of characters you need to keep separate) and b) it was a tad too cartoony for such a serious story. The reason to buy the book is there are a lot of clever stories in the book and Parker has a way of drawing you into the realism of the action. One sequence involving trying to figure out how to fly a plane was particularly well done. Many authors would have had Bond be perfect and figure it out instantly, but Parker did a great job of making this younger Bond a human with flaws not a super/spy/Batman. Overall - I love Bond and love Parker's writing so it was a win/win.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bill Lynas

    There have been plenty of 007 spin off over the years & this is certainly one of the best. James Bond's World War 2 exploits are brought to life in this outstanding graphic novel. The illustrations are brilliantly drawn & each of the stories (from six different editions of the comic) give nice nods to Ian Fleming (& a few 007 actors too!) but thankfully they avoid filling the whole thing with endless James Bond injokes. Instead they leave you with some great original storytelling &am There have been plenty of 007 spin off over the years & this is certainly one of the best. James Bond's World War 2 exploits are brought to life in this outstanding graphic novel. The illustrations are brilliantly drawn & each of the stories (from six different editions of the comic) give nice nods to Ian Fleming (& a few 007 actors too!) but thankfully they avoid filling the whole thing with endless James Bond injokes. Instead they leave you with some great original storytelling & I'm definitely going to be reading the next volume in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Lorenz

    I assumed that this would be one of those "Year One" stories where Bond is a new agent trying to learn the ropes and earn his 00 status, but I was very pleasantly mistaken. This is a well written WWII military action/drama which presents an early view of James Bond as a young man being identified and recruited for a secret service being established by the British government. What starts off slowly as a training story kicks into high gear (ugh...so cliche) in issue 3 when Bo I assumed that this would be one of those "Year One" stories where Bond is a new agent trying to learn the ropes and earn his 00 status, but I was very pleasantly mistaken. This is a well written WWII military action/drama which presents an early view of James Bond as a young man being identified and recruited for a secret service being established by the British government. What starts off slowly as a training story kicks into high gear (ugh...so cliche) in issue 3 when Bond gets placed on a submarine as part of the Royal Navy and has to use his knowledge to survive a battle with a German battleship. This is probably the best James Bond story published by Dynamite since the original Warren Ellis series. Definitely recommend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    James Bond's exploits during WWII after surviving the Clydebank Blitz, a Luftwaffe attack on Scottish ship yards, and joining the Royal Navy. With recommendations from family friends and his unique skill set Bond is directed toward training and missions that lean toward spy work. Not yet the secret agent with a license to kill that he will become Bond is a resourceful soldier building the skills and exploits that will make him into that someday. The art helps convey the mood and action from the James Bond's exploits during WWII after surviving the Clydebank Blitz, a Luftwaffe attack on Scottish ship yards, and joining the Royal Navy. With recommendations from family friends and his unique skill set Bond is directed toward training and missions that lean toward spy work. Not yet the secret agent with a license to kill that he will become Bond is a resourceful soldier building the skills and exploits that will make him into that someday. The art helps convey the mood and action from the inside of a silent and damaged submarine trying to outwit a German destroyer to the streets of occupied Portugal. I would rate this book 3.5 stars if Goodreads allowed half stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I'm a big fan of James Bond. I've seen (and own) all the movies. I've read (and own) all the original Ian Fleming books. So, a comic book about James Bond during the war before he became 007? I'm game! Overall I liked it. They did a good job of showing a young kid learning the ropes of spy craft. He's got all the guts and impetuous action of the later spy, but not the experience or the finesse. Lots of hints and references to the Bond we all know, but definitely its own story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Nichols

    As usual, I love what this series does with James Bond. It's always a fresh take and shows me something I haven't seen before. This time, they did an origin story with a WWII background. The whole thing works. It's pure adventure and action, with just enough espionage intrigue to keep things colorful. While I prefer the modern stories that the series began with, there's a lot to love in this story. Sleek art and tight stories. You're never bored. As usual, I love what this series does with James Bond. It's always a fresh take and shows me something I haven't seen before. This time, they did an origin story with a WWII background. The whole thing works. It's pure adventure and action, with just enough espionage intrigue to keep things colorful. While I prefer the modern stories that the series began with, there's a lot to love in this story. Sleek art and tight stories. You're never bored. A fun little romp with a familiar character in unfamiliar settings.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    I liked this, just wish there was more of it. Basically, we follow James Bond from a teenager at school through training for a new "secret" service and into a couple of wartime adventures, one on a submarine, the other, extracting a German scientist from Lisbon, Portugal. Bond is not yet his mature, debonair, assured self. He's still a kid, prone to doubt, able to make mistakes. The art is a bit cartoony, but it serves its purpose, I guess. Hope we see more of this.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    An interesting look at the WWII exploits of James Bond covering some of the war missions he did while part of the Secret Service including using a captured German Stuka to take down a German ship, trying to get a German scientist out of Lisbon, and work with the Belgium underground. Not a bad read, but each mission was brief. Be interesting if they carry on with later war exploits.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    Cool story, just it makes no sense to have Bond be from WWII unless he is frozen in ice and thawed out in 2000. Because there is no way Bond can be Bond today at the ripe old age of 90! I mean the Bond franchise is old but come on! Choose a different war! But the WWII stories were cool!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yosef Shapiro

    This story takes place during Bond’s service during WWII.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  14. 5 out of 5

    Josh

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Ann

  16. 4 out of 5

    Guillaume

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Merczak

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kiril

  19. 5 out of 5

    Monika

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jay Bullman

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  26. 4 out of 5

    Fred

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Hogan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tad

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Iain

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