According to Wikipedia.com:
James Bond Jr. is a fictional character described as the nephew of Ian Fleming’s masterspy James Bond. The name “James Bond Junior” was first used in 1967 for an unsuccessful spinoff novel entitled The Adventures of James Bond Junior 003½ written by the pseudonymous R. D. Mascott.
The idea of Bond having a nephew was used again in 1991 as an American animated series for television in which the title character defeats threats to the safety of the free world. The series was mildly successful and spawned six episode novelisations by John Peel writing as John Vincent, a 12-issue comic book series by Marvel Comics published in 1992, as well as a video game developed by Eurocom for the NES and Gray Matter for the SNES in 1991.
While revolving around the nephew of James Bond, no surviving relatives are mentioned in Fleming’s novels, even though he unknowingly conceives a child with former Japanese movie star Kissy Suzuki in You Only Live Twice. This son makes an appearance in a later short story by Raymond Benson titled “Blast from the Past.”
The animated series, produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and United Artists Corporation, debuted on September 30, 1991 and a total of 65 half-hour episodes were produced. James Bond Jr. was voiced by Corey Burton.
While attending prep school at Warfield Academy, James Bond Jr. with the help of his friends IQ (the hitherto unmentioned grandson of Q), and Gordo Leiter (the son of Felix Leiter, also not previously established), fights against the evil terrorist organization SCUM (Saboteurs and Criminals United in Mayhem, which is an offshoot of organizations like SPECTRE). Expanding on his uncle’s famous line, James Bond Jr.’s catchphrase was “Bond, James Bond. Junior.”
Like many animated series, it regularly surpasses the Bond movies in terms of fantastic gadgets and mad scientists, and the violence of the adult Bond series is nowhere in evidence. Despite this, the show was fully sanctioned by (and produced in association with) Danjaq and United Artists (the rights holders to the James Bond property).
Jaws, a recurring villain from the Roger Moore films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, also made regular appearances, usually partnered with Nick Nack, a villain from the Roger Moore film The Man with the Golden Gun, to form a bickering comical duo. Auric Goldfinger also appears (alongside his assistant from the Goldfinger film, Oddjob), revealing he has a teenage daughter named Goldie Finger with equally expensive tastes. Many episode titles parodied the titles of Bond films, e.g. “Live and Let’s Dance.”
The various inhabitants of Warfield Academy, comprising of James Bond Jr., his friends, Trevor Noseworthy and the two featured members of teaching staff, act as the series regulars, and all appear in almost every episode of the series. Sometimes only two or three of James’s friends will accompany him on an adventure, leaving the others behind at Warfield to create a B-plot which normally revolves around Trevor’s misguided attempts to get James into trouble.
James Bond Jr. (voiced by Corey Burton) – The series’ teenage hero and James Bond‘s nephew. He attends Warfield Academy and has lots of friends there who aid him in his missions. Romance is occasionally hinted at between Bond and Tracy Milbanks.
Horace ‘I.Q.’ Boothroyd III (voiced by Jeff Bennett) – A scientific genius and one of James’ best friends. Very intelligent, quick-witted and highly logical, he is responsible for developing and building the many artifacts and gadgets that help James defeat agents of S.C.U.M. and save the day. The series depicts him as the grandson of Q (James Bond’s gadget inventor played by Desmond Llewelyn in most of the James Bond movies). He’s mistakenly called Ike in the Italian edition.
Tracy Milbanks (voiced by Mona Marshall) – Daughter of the Academy headmaster Bradford Milbanks and one of James Bond Jr’s closest friends. She regularly accompanies James on his missions and, despite being bossy and quick-tempered, sometimes betrays her feelings for him.
Gordon “Gordo” Leiter (voiced by Jan Rabson) – The tanned, blonde, athletic and the “strong fist” of the group. Californian Gordo is also kindly and amiable. Possibly the son of 007′s CIA associate Felix Leiter, Gordon never backs down when his comrades need a little muscle to solve their problems.
Phoebe Farragut (voiced by Jennifer Darling) – Tracy’s best friend and the daughter of a rich businessman, Phoebe makes no secret of her crush on James, although the feelings are never reciprocated. In this manner, she is similar to Miss Moneypenny. Having a nerdish appearance complete with thick glasses and odd hairstyle, she is portrayed as less confident and popular than others in the group.
Trevor Noseworthy IV (voiced by Simon Templeman) – The antagonist of Warfield Academy. He comes from a wealthy family, thus he has an inflated sense of superiority and self-importance. Arrogant, egocentric and spiteful (but also cowardly and fearful), he regularly concocts outlandish plans to “unmask” Bond Jr. in order to get him into trouble and expelled form Warfield, which inevitably backfire with unpleasant consequences for Trevor.
Bradford Milbanks (voiced by Julian Holloway) – An ex-Royal Air Force officer who now presides over Warfield Academy and is Tracy’s father. Although serious and rigid at times, at heart he is a fair and accommodating headteacher and father.
Burton “Buddy” Mitchell (voiced by Brian Stokes Mitchell) – This former FBI agent and associate of 007′s is the sports coach of the Academy. Strong and intelligent, Coach Mitchell often knows more about James Bond Jr’s activities than he lets on to his colleagues, and often risks his job by allowing James to get into danger.
There were numerous villains in the series, most of whom worked for S.C.U.M. and made recurring appearances throughout the 65-episode run. Many characters looked nothing like their movie counterparts (ex: Dr. No resembles a green-skinned, long-haired mutant). All recurring villains in the show are listed here, although some episodes (such as Sandblast featuring Egyptian megalomaniac Pharaoh Fearo) featured ‘one-off’ villains whose characteristics were too specific to the episode in question for them to be reused. It is not mentioned or addressed as to how the movie villains survived their various deaths from the films.
Jaws – A dim-witted villain whose trademark is his steel teeth that destroy almost anything he chews up – and his ridiculous clothing not only serves as a small source of comedy for the series but also compliments his lack of intelligence. He usually acts as a henchman for higher-ranking S.C.U.M. agents and is often paired with Nick Nack. Unlike his movie counterpart, he actually talks. And while in the films he simply had steel teeth, in the cartoon he now has an entire lower jaw made of steel. In the novelization “A View To A Thrill”, it is explained that he was shot in the mouth during a bank robbery and “to save his life, the doctors had given him a set of metal teeth, and motors for jaw muscles.” Appearances include The Beginning, Plunder Down Under, Valley of the Hungry Dunes, Never Give a Villain a Fair Shake, No Such Loch, The Inhuman Race, Fountain of Terror, Ship of Terror, Queen’s Ransom, Avalanche Run, Barbella’s Big Attraction, Invaders from S.C.U.M., Ol’ Man River, Catching the Wave, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Sherlock IQ, Quantum Diamonds, Rubies Aren’t Forever, The Thing in the Ice, Monument to S.C.U.M. and Northern Lights.
Dr. Derange – This evil scientist with long black hair speaks with a notable French accent and has an insane passion for every kind of radioactive materials, mainly plutonium. His bizarre face (mainly his misaligned eyes) hints like he’s a victim of recent brain aneurysm or acute squint. He is by far the most frequently appearing villain in the series, clocking up at least sixteen episodes. He also features in nearly all of the spin-off material, suggesting he is also popular with fans. Appearances include The Eiffel Missile, A Race Against Disaster, The Inhuman Race, It’s All in the Timing, Fountain of Terror, Deadly Recall, Red Star One, Invaders from S.C.U.M., A Deranged Mind, The Last of the Tooboos, The Emerald Key, Canine Caper, Weather or Not, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Quantum Diamonds and Monument to S.C.U.M.
Auric Goldfinger (voiced by Jan Rabson) – One of Bond Jr.’s cleverest and most manipulative villains. Whenever there’s gold, there’s Goldfinger. His schemes are motivated entirely by greed, and he is most often assisted by henchman Odd Job. Appearances include Earth Cracker, Cruise to Oblivion, Goldie’s Gold Scam and Killer Asteroid.
Barbella – A hot-tempered female bodybuilder. Barbella often exhibits superhuman strength. Cunning and cold, she has loyalty for no-one, least of all S.C.U.M., whom she betrays in one episode by attempting to destroy their international headquarters. She often works with Goldie Finger. Appearances include City of Gold, Barbella’s Big Attraction, Going for the Gold, A Deranged Mind and Goldie Finger at the End of the Rainbow.
Walker D. Plank – A stereotypical pirate or brigand, complete with hook hand, eye-patch, wooden leg and a talking parrot (that also has an eye-patch and a peg-leg). His schemes are invariably nautical and typically involve pillage, plunder, and domination of all the oceans in the world. Jaws often works for him. Appearances include Plunder Down Under, Nothing to Play With, Never Give a Villain a Fair Shake, No Such Loch, Ship of Terror, Queen’s Ransom, S.C.U.M. on the Water, Ol’ Man River, Danger Train and Thor’s Thunder.
Ms. Fortune (voiced by Susan Silo) – A wealthy criminal aristocrat, Ms. Fortune’s healthy bank balance never prevents her from pursuing further riches, typically through highly illegitimate means. Appearances include Fountain of Terror, Mindfield, The Heartbreak Caper, There But For Ms. Fortune and Danger Train and in one scene during Scumlord’s meeting in Barbella’s Big Attractionwhere she plays a silent, non-speaking role.
Leftbrain and Rightbrain – Cortex’s assistants, they are a pair of overweight halfwits whose size and intelligence counter those of their boss. While similar in appearance and completely inseparable, they are not actually related. Appearances include Lamp of Darkness and Leonardo da Vinci’s Vault.
In most episodes James Bond Jr. encounters ‘guest’ women, whom he’s often forced to rescue. Following in the 007 tradition, many of their names are based on puns or double entendres. Some of the more notable include:
Lotta Dinaro – Daughter of an archaeologist in search of El Dorado. They are both kidknapped by Oddjob and Goldfinger. From the episode Earthcracker.
Lt. Shelley Kaysing – A US army lieutenant whom the Chameleon attempts to assassinate in order to further his plan to steal a secret army device. From the episode The Chameleon.
Marcie Beaucoup – A French spy who encounters James Bond Jr. on a hovercraft. She and Bond are captured by Dr. Derange and Skullcap and must escape from the Eiffel Tower before a missile is launched killing them both. From the episode The Eiffel Missile.
Terri Firma – The daughter of a leading seismologist who is forced to work for Walker D. Plank and Jaws when her father is kidnapped. From the episode Never Give a Villain a Fair Shake.
Hayley Comet – A student at Warfield whose professor father is kidnapped by agents of S.C.U.M. disguised as aliens from outer space (Dr. Derange, Jaws and Nick Nack, after orders from Scumlord who appears via telescreen). From the episode Invaders from S.C.U.M.
Wendy Day – A weather forecaster who assists James in preventing Doctor Derange from carrying out his plot to take control of the weather (with Derange’s assistance of Skullcap). From the episode Weather or Not.
Sgt Victoria Province – A mountie whom James befriends in Toronto; she assists him in curbing Baron von Skarin’s plan to cut electrical power to the city (which Skarin does with Jaws and Nick Nack). From the episode Northern Lights.
James Bond Jr. was given a limited 12 issue run with Marvel Comics spanning from January 1992 to December 1992. The first five stories were lifted directly from the TV series, but the other seven were original stories. The Writers: Cal Hamilton & Dan Abnett. Artists: Mario Capaldi, Colin Fawcett, Adolfo Buylla, & Bambos Georgioli.
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