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James Bond Jr (GR Intro)

James Bond Jr. is the supposed nephew of Ian Fleming's masterspy James Bond. The name "James Bond Junior" was first used in 1967 for an unsuccessful spinoff novel entitled 003½: The Adventures of James Bond Junior written under the pseudonym 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 videogame developed by Eurocom for the NES and the SNES in 1991.

Although these works are based on a character being the nephew of James Bond, he in fact was an only child. Unbeknownst to agent 007; however, he does have a son as told in Ian Fleming's novel You Only Live Twice. The son makes an appearance in a later short story by Raymond Benson titled "Blast from the Past."

003½: The Adventures of James Bond Junior

In 1967, R.D. Mascott (a pseudonym believed, but not confirmed, to be Arthur Calder-Marshall, wrote 003½: The Adventures of James Bond Junior which chronicled the exploits of Bond's supposed nephew. Only one volume of this spinoff was published and surviving copies are considered collectables.

The animated series

The animated series debuted on September 16, 1991 and a total of 65 half-hour episodes were produced. James Bond Jr. was voice by Corey Burton.

While attending prep school at "Warfield Academy", James Bond Jr. with the help of his friends I.Q. (supposedly the grandson of Q) and Gordo Leiter (supposedly the son of Felix Leiter), fights against the evil terrorist organization SCUM (Saboteurs and Criminals United in Mayhem). Expanding on his uncle's famous line, James Bond Jr.'s catch-phrase was "Bond, James Bond. Junior."

Being an animated series, it regularly surpasses even the Bond movies in the matter of implausible gadgets and mad scientists, and, of course, the violence of the adult Bond series is nowhere in evidence. Despite this, the show was fully sanctioned by the rights holders to the James Bond property.

Fans of James Bond generally do not consider James Bond Jr. to be part of official Bond canon, especially as it conflicts with the fact that Bond was an only child and that the series featured characters such as Dr. Julius No who had been previously dealt with in the films and/or novels. Jaws, a recurring villain from the Roger Moore film era, also made occasional appearances; usually partnered with Nick Nack making the two henchmen a comical duo as they tend to bicker a lot, sometimes Oddjob is thrown into the mix for a henchmen interpretation of "The Three Stooges". Auric Goldfinger also appears revealing he has a snotty, teenage daughter named "Goldie." Many episode titles parodied the titles of Bond films, i.e. "A View to a Thrill" and "Live and Let’s Dance".

Main characters

The various inhabitants of Warfield Academy, comprising 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. James Bond Jr (James Bond Jr)
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 SCUM 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. IQ (James Bond Jr)
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. Tracy Millbanks (James Bond Jr)
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. Gordo (James Bond Jr)
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. Phoebe 2 (James Bond Jr)
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. Trevor Noseworthy (James Bond Jr)
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. Mr Millbanks (James Bond Jr)
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. He becomes James mentor on the show. Buddy Mitchell (James Bond Jr)


Villains

There were numerous villains in the series, most of whom worked for SCUM and made recurring appearances throughout the 65-episode run. Many characters looked nothing like how they did in the movies. For instance, Dr No looks like some strange long-haired mutant. The major ones included:

Scumlord - The mysterious leader of SCUM, never seen outside the shadows. He is believed by some fans to be none other than Ernst Stavro Blofeld. He often relays commands to other SCUM villains via telescreen. He has a dog, named Scuzzball, who is often seen at his heel.

SCUM-lord (James Bond Jr)

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 SCUM 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."

James Bond Jr Jaws
Nick-Nack (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - A particularly small henchman with a huge chin, Nick Nack is often the butt of "short jokes" from both James Bond Jr. and his villainous "other half", Jaws, with whom he is almost always coupled (not only in crimes but also in terms of their relatively low intellects) in SCUM's various schemes. Nick Nack (James Bond Jr)
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. Dr Derange (James Bond Jr)
Skullcap - A top-ranking SCUM assassin, almost always found working for Dr. Derange. His name is given after the massive steel headgear encasing the top part of his head and brain - which also gives him tremendous headache whenever something hits it strongly. Skullcap is extremely cold and insidious though not particularly cunning. Skullcap (James Bond Jr)
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. Goldfinger (James Bond Jr)
Goldie Finger - Goldfinger's spoiled and equally crooked daughter, who shares her father's love of gold and his ruthlessness in attempting to get it. Though occasionally teaming up with 'Daddy', she tends to prefer working with Barbella. Goldie Finger (James Bond Jr)
Odd Job (voiced by Jan Rabson) - Much like Jaws and Nick Nack, this guy is mostly seen working for the other villains, especially Goldfinger. He wears an odd-looking purple jumpsuit with red-orange stripes (hence his name), red and white sports-themed sneakers, pale green half gloves, a gold huge chain necklace bearing his OJ initials, a pale green winter scarf and flying goggles. His trademark razor-sharp hat is back, too, (it is now a miniature top hat instead of a bowler hat) [it is even re-coloured purple; his hair is also now Flattop] and although originally he didn't speak (as in Goldfinger) he mysteriously began to rarely do so later in the series. Oddjob (James Bond Jr)
Barbella - A hot-tempered female bodybuilder. Barbella often exhibits superhuman strength. Cunning and cold, she has loyalty for no-one, least of all SCUM, whom she betrays in one episode by attempting to destroy their international headquarters. She often works with Goldie Finger. Barbella (James Bond Jr)
Doctor No - One of Bond Jr.'s most fiendish opponents. This version differs a lot from the original Dr. No as he has now green skin and cybernetic hands. His accent, costume and moustache are Asian-looking and many of his schemes involve ninjas, samurai swords and the like. Dr No 3 (James Bond Jr)
Spoiler (voiced by Michael Gough) - A gravel-voiced SCUM agent who leads a band of savage, chain-wielding motorcyclists, allowing quick getaways from crime scenes. He has worked for various agents including Baron von Skarin, Dr. Derange and Doctor No. Spoiler (James Bond Jr)
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. Walker D Plank (James Bond Jr)
Baron Von Skarin - This wealthy Bavarian baron is also an international terrorist and firearms smuggler. Von Skarin is cold and cruel but never neglects his elegant appearance, as he's usually seen wearing expensive fur coats and a monocle on his right eye. He is often seen reporting directly to Scumlord and is apparently one of his more favoured agents. He is one of the less popular (and liked by fans) villains. Baron Von Skarin (James Bond Jr)
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. Ms. Fortune (James Bond Jr)
Snuffer - Ms. Fortune's crooked and deeply unpleasant butler and accomplice. Though Snuffer may look and sound like a humble butler, his ambitions are not nearly so humble and he enjoys devising particularly grisly ends for Bond and his friends. Ends every sentence with 'ma'am'. Snuffer (James Bond Jr)
The Chameleon (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) - This dangerous criminal has the ability to be a facial shapeshifter because of nano-technologic mechanisms implanted under the skin on his face, which control his facial muscles allowing him to change his appearance almost instantly. Cunning and sly, he is a villain to be feared, thus giving him the name. The Chameleon (James Bond Jr)
Tiara Hotstones - This jewel-loving mercenary shares somewhat of a rapport with James Bond Jr. and despite being ruthless in achieving her aims, is inclined to pursue only jewels and money rather than power or world domination. Tiara Hotstones (James Bond Jr)
Maximillion Cortex - A diminutive villain with a very large brain - hence the name. Cortex is very wealthy but is always looking for ways to increase his bank balance further, and they're rarely legitimate. Cortex (James Bond Jr)
The Worm (voiced by Jan Rabson) - The only recurring villain in the series apparently not to have been associated with SCUM, The Worm is a first-rate terrorist and hypochondriac with an intense dislike of sunlight, thus his plans often take place deep underground. The Worm (James Bond Jr)

Episodes

  1. The Beginning
  2. Earthcracker
  3. The Chameleon
  4. Shifting Sands
  5. Plunder Down Under
  6. A Chilling Affair
  7. Nothing to Play With
  8. Location Danger
  9. The Eiffel Missile
  10. A Worm in the Apple
  11. Valley of the Hungry Dunes
  12. Pompeii and Circumstance
  13. Never Give a Villain a Fair Shake
  14. City of Gold
  15. Never Lose Hope
  16. No Such Loch
  17. Appointment in Macau
  18. Lamp of Darkness
  19. Hostile Takeover
  20. Cruise to Oblivion
  21. A Race Against Disaster
  22. The Inhuman Race
  23. Live and Let's Dance
  24. The Sword of Power
  25. It's All in the Timing
  26. Dance of the Toreadors
  27. Fountain of Terror
  28. The Emerald Key
  29. Ship of Terror
  30. Deadly Recall
  31. Hunt For Red Star One
  32. Scottish Mist
  33. The Art of Evil
  34. The Heartbreak Caper
  35. Mindfield
  36. Leonardo da Vinci's Vault
  37. Far Out West
  38. Avalanche Run
  39. Queen's Ransom
  40. Barbella's Big Attraction
  41. There for Ms. Fortune
  42. Invaders from S.C.U.M.
  43. Going for the Gold
  44. A DeRanged Mind
  45. Catching the Wave
  46. Last of the Tooboos
  47. S.C.U.M. on the Water
  48. Goldie's Gold Scam
  49. Canine Caper
  50. Weather or Not
  51. Ol' Man River
  52. Between a Rock and a Hard Place
  53. Sherlock IQ
  54. Killer Asteroid
  55. Danger Train
  56. Quantum Diamonds
  57. Rubies Aren't Forever
  58. Garden of Evil
  59. The Thing in the Ice
  60. Goldie Finger at the End of the Rainbow
  61. Dutch Treat
  62. No Time to Lose
  63. Monument to S.C.U.M.
  64. Northern Lights
  65. Thor's Thunder

Novelisations by John Peel

In 1992 Puffin Books published six novelisations of the James Bond Jr. animated television show. The books were written by John Peel under the pseudonym John Vincent.

  • A View To A Thrill
  • The Eiffel Target
  • Live And Let's Dance
  • Sandblast
  • Sword Of Death
  • High Stakes

The video game

See James Bond Jr. (video game)

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