With 12 ratings
By: Ian Fleming , Anthony Hern, et al.
Purchased At: $32.40 (12 used & new offers)
This is the story that introduced us to James Bond! In his first mission, James must neutralize a Russian operative by ruining him at the Baccarat table and forcing his retirement. Lady luck appears to be taken with Bond as his target hits a losing streak, but Bonds attraction to a beautiful female agent leads him to disaster...
This new edition also includes Live and Let Die and the very rarely seen Moonraker, brought together for the first time in one spectacular collection that features an exclusive introduction by legendary Bond actor Roger Moore!!!
So when I found out that these James Bond 50's comics were put together in sets and that they were true to Mr. Flemings book stories I had to try one out. I was able to pick up Casino Royale pretty cheap and promptly tore right through it. Good Points: art is crisp and laid out nicely. The stories are MUCH closer to the books then the movies of the same name. Bad Points: since it was a weekly strip, the beginning of many of the chapters are rehashing what happened in last weeks to bring readers up to speed. I found this really annoying about 1/4 of the way - enough so that if all of the collected issues are like this, I'll most likely pass unless its at a great price.
So why do I award only one star to this book? Titan decided to include Moonraker in this book. People like me who have already purchased the earlier edition of this book have to buy it again just to get the extra Moonraker story.
I mention this because after the Roger Moore introduction there is a non fiction section called "Bond In Books" and it is part 5.
So those intent on collecting the series may wish to start with "The Man With The Golden Gun" volume which was the first released by Titan.
This volume collects the newspaper strips of "Casino Royale", "Live And Let Die" and "Moonraker".
Whilst they are condensed versions of the original books (condensed to remove any graphic detail that could have been read by children) there are good representations of the books.
The artwork is pretty good not forgetting that the strips were originally published in the late 1950's.
You can buy omnibuses of the collection from Titan would collect together 3 of the volumes but they are printed on smaller paper and some of the precise ink work on the strips is lost.