Introduction by Lucy Fleming, Ian Fleming's niece.
Part 1 of 6. Details Ian Fleming's background and how he became a writer, on up to the debut of the newspaper strip adaptations of his work. Because the first few Titan books in this series were published out of sequence, this article continues in OCTOPUSSY (Titan, May 2004).
Introduction of writer Jim Lawrence and artist Yaroslav Horak, who took over the JAMES BOND newspaper strip with the 14th story, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN. The series became more violent and complex, in effect closer to Fleming's concept, even as the adaptations became less faithful but more fleshed-out.
Introduction notes that the comic gives James Bond a much stronger motivation for going after the story's villain than the original novel (published after Fleming's death, presumably from an unfinished, 1st-draft version). Elements of this story turned up early in the film DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002).
Story #14. Faithful adaptation of Ian Fleming's 12th (and last) 007 novel (13th book) from 1965. In the tradition of THE SAINT tv series with Roger Moore, this adaptation adds substantial material to the original novel while remaining faithful to it, improving the story in the process. Apart from the characters of Scaramanga and Mary Goodnight, the subsequent 1974 film bears virtually no resemblance to the novel or comic.
Includes cover of original hardbound edition of OCTOPUSSY AND THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (Jonathan Cape, 1965).
Story #15. Faithful adaptation of Ian Fleming's short story which originally appeared in THE SUNDAY TIMES, which inadvertently offended the publisher of THE DAILY EXPRESS, leading to the comic-strip's cancellation for a year. It's noted the continuity of having this story appear at this point is somewhat "off", as Bond appears bored with his job (as he would have been following THUNDERBALL) rather than having a renewed desire for vengeance against the KGB (as he would be following THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN). Presumably it was the problems connected with the short story that caused the delay in its being adapted into the comic-strip. Jim Lawrence changed only the ending of his adaptation. The story later appeared, somewhat faithfully, as the opening sequence (and springboard) of the 1987 film.