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Jimmy (later "Sir James") is a fictional British intelligence operative and antagonist of the 2007 graphic novel Black Dossier, part of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill. As part of the series' premise of crossing-over countless works of fiction, the character "Jimmy" is a thinly-veiled and unofficial adaptation of Ian Fleming's James Bond.

Comic appearance

In the comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, a character named "Jimmy" appears as an antagonist in the graphic novel Black Dossier. Because the series shifted to a mid-20th century setting where public domain characters are less common (the concept of the series strongly relies on crossing-over countless works of fiction), Alan Moore became more creative in using copyrighted characters without referring to their names directly and leaving their backstories vague in order to avoid copyright issues with the owners of those copyrights. An MI5 agent, Jimmy is the grandson of Campion Bond (a character from the first two volumes) and is identifiable as Ian Fleming's Bond with his metal cigarette-holder, love for vodka martinis and a facial scar.

In Black Dossier, it is revealed that he's knighted by Her Majesty for some actions he didn't take by himself. The character is always referred to as Sir Jimmy, and is described as an incompetent bungler, a cowardly liar, and a sadistic rapist. Betraying his country, he worked for the Americans as a double agent. However, by 2009 (Volume III: Century 2009), he is still a national treasure. Now, elderly he has been replaced by a succession of namesakes, each of whom are modeled after the official Bond actors; Sean Connery (J1), George Lazenby (J2), Roger Moore (J3), Timothy Dalton (J4), Pierce Brosnan (J5) and Daniel Craig (J6). It appears that the head of MI6 is Emma Peel (under the pseudonym "Emma Night"), a character that is originally played by a Bond alumni, Diana Rigg in The Avengers. She bears resemblance to an aged Diana Rigg in the mould of Judi Dench (who was "M" by that time) in order to get in touch with the current James Bond films.

The inclusion of James Bond as an antagonist is likely a satirical criticism of the casting of Sean Connery in the 2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film, which the comic's creators strongly disliked along with most critics. In addition, Alan Moore is noted to have disliked the character of Bond, describing him as a 'misogynist' and 'European Imperialist' in an introduction to Frank Miller's Batman miniseries The Dark Knight Returns.

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