|JAMES BOND copyright The Estate of IAN FLEMING & EON PRODUCTIONS|
It seems only fitting to end this present run of 'TV Tie-
Ins of the Times' with the 'daddy' of them all - JAMES BOND.
I hear what you're saying - 007 is a movie tie-in, not a TV one,
but you're only half right. The broadcast rights to the Bond films
were sold to ITV in 1974, and Dr. NO was first shown on TV in '75,
so Bond has been a television staple for over 40 years. However, I
admit it's a fine line, as the Annuals were issued while his movie
about James Bond had been televised 'though.)
Above is the 1969 JAMES BOND Annual, and the fact
that it was the last of three before they were revived by another
publisher (this time titled 'Special', not 'Annual') in 1979 (for '80),
suggests that they weren't the best-sellers one would imagine they'd
be. Collectors' items now for certain, but apparently not at the time
they were originally published. Anyway, that's perhaps a subject
for another post, but, for the moment, let's look back to 1969
when Bond's licence to star in Annuals was revoked (for a
few years) after the very publication before you.
This Annual contained text stories, features, and picture
strips (a collection of the LIVE & LET DIE newspaper strip).
Incidentally, there's a MARTINE BESWICK pin-up missing
from my copy of this Annual - can anyone supply me with a
scan of it? It'd be greatly appreciated.