Published on January 27th, 2014 | by Richard Boom
Review: James Bond Collection 5
James Bond is known to all. The character has existed through many incarnations in the movies and each fan has a favorite actor. Even Bond-Girls are a phenomena!
Aside from the movies we have the Ian Fleming written books, the movies are based upon. But the daily James Bond strips from the newspapers (remember the era before there were computers and smartphones to get your newsfeed?) is something entirely different and Titan Books has been releasing various volumes in their James Bond Omnibus series.
Volume 5 (containing strips from 1975-78) was recently released on November 26, 2013.
These Omnibus volumes collect the daily James Bond strips adapted by Jim Lawrence with art by Yaroslav Horak and are all in those oldskool black-and-white which captures the time period from which they were from. The feel you got when picking up an actual paper newspaper and you came across Garfield, Modesty Blaise, Mortimer, AXA and even the grown-ups stopped and read them!
The collection by Titan has such an lovely treatment, with non-traditional dimensions which are perfect for reading. The book is a massive 300 (almost) pages and what really is great about these newspaper strips is that you can start reading it at any moment you want, really.
Reading the James Bond stories of old, will have you wonder what happened to all the high-tech stuff you perhaps love from the movies, but those are just not from THIS era aka incarnation. This is really all about oldskool spy-books, chasing bad guys, fist fights, topless girls (so yeah, cheers for some nudity!) and fast cars.
If you love oldskool art and/or are a fan of James Bond (Daniel Craig style or older or even the ones in the books) then you will be happy to have gotten this one!
Check at Titan Books for more details here.