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(Re)Animations: James Bond, Jr. (1991)

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September 7, 2011

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“He learned the game from his Uncle James, now he’s heir to the name, James Bond (Junior)!”

It was bound to happen sooner or later. I mean, if you shag enough randy women as Bond has with nary a mention of protection, what would you… wait, James Bond Jr. isn’t actually the son of James Bond? Apparently this kid is the nephew of the original James Bond whose brother’s name is… also James Bond? Creepy.

Anyway, James Bond Jr. was an early 90s action show based on the exploits of a young super spy who secretly works to keep the world safe while wooing women with his charm and slick British accent. Produced by Fred Wolf Films (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), James Bond Jr. finds the spy and his friends I.Q. (grandson of the original Q) and Gordo Leiter (son of CIA operative Felix Leiter) fighting the forces of SCUM (Saboteurs and Criminals United in Mayhem) while also attending the Warfeild Academy.

Much like The Man from U.N.C.L.E. his uncle James, Junior had an assortment of foes that include mainstays from the films like Jaws, Oddjob and a creative re-imagining of Dr. No in addition to some original characters like Dr. Derange, Scumlord and Walker D Plank. With a doubt Dr. Derange is the most fun of these new characters with a look that comes straight from an episode of Captain Planet and the two best Bond sidekicks, Jaws and Nick Nack. Plus, he’s got a French accent!

Despite only lasting one season (65 episodes) the show is pretty fun to watch. Naturally it spawned a buttload of merchandising tie-ins, so much so that you would swear it was a Mattel creation. In addition to a comic series by Marvel and a series of novel adaptations, James Bond Jr. also made the leap into video games (both NES and SNES), a board game, coloring/activity books and (wait for it) a toy line– all of which I’m sure we’ll cover at another time!

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Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

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    Speaking of the toys, I had every single one of them when I was a kid. James himself had a gun permanently on his hand and a small “metal” briefcase that went over the top of it. His arm was spring loaded and you pressed a button on his back and the briefcase came flying off. HOURS OF FUN!! The TV show was cracking. This was a nice wee trip down memory lane reading this once again. Need to try and look out those out if I still have them!

    • Rondal

      That’s really awesome that you remember these toys so well! You should definitely see if you can dig ‘em out, I’d love to check out some decent photos of them. :)