In Review: James Bond Origin (2018-) #2

After barely surviving the Clydebank Blitz, James is determined to enter the Royal Marines

Synopsis: After barely surviving the Clydebank Blitz, James is determined to enter the Royal Marines, despite being two years too young. He’ll need to rely on a family friend to help him through, where he’ll begin training alongside the best and brightest that the United Kingdom has to offer. But his military training becomes dangerous when it’s discovered there’s a German mole in their midst.

Review: This second issue of James Bond: Origin looks at his time in basic training, but the training he has to endure is far from basic.

The Story

Jeff Parker continues the story from where he left off in issue one.

Bond having survived Clydebank and shown extraordinary resourcefulness in doing so finds himself sent to basic training for a highly specialized new military intelligence program. Bond is recommended for this program by Commander Weldon who introduces him to the head of this new intelligence endeavor. A man who is known as F.

Bond and his fellow trainees are united in their suffering at the hands of the sadistic Marine Sergent Major Sayles who is very much your old school drill instructor and a blatant sadist.

The story plays out as we see Bond handling the demands of basic training and sharing correspondence with Commander Weldon about his experiences.

The issue gets really interesting when it is revealed that there could be a German spy among the recruits.

The Artwork

The artwork in this issue is a load of fun. Bob Quinn does a brilliant job of conveying the mood of the recruits as they are being yelled at by the sadistic drill instructor.

I really enjoyed the sequence where Bond is tasked with defusing a bomb while being yelled at. The tension of that sequence is worth the price of admission alone.


Another fun issue, which gives us a look at the early years of James Bond and looks at how he became the man that we have all got to know in the Fleming novels and the films.

Why no one has ever tried to adapt something like this to a television series or a series of films is beyond me. I’d love to see something like this.

James Bond Origin (2018-) #2
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