JAMES BOND 007


Original Drawings 1958-1966
by

JOHN McLUSKY
(1923-2006)


made for the DAILY EXPRESS serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novels and short stories


ON VIEW FROM
10am THURSDAY 30th SEPTEMBER
TO CELEBRATE THE LATEST FILM RELEASE

The Artist’s son will be here that day and give a brief introduction to his father’s works at 6.30pm.
We will be keeping extended opening hours until 8pm


The Exhibition continues through 5pm Saturday 30th October


On July 7th 1958, almost four years before Sean Connery would star in ‘Dr No’, Daily Express readers in the UK got their first sight of James Bond. Difficult as it is to imagine now, the face John McLusky created would be many people’s first and lasting image of 007; it was his Bond that composer John Barry had in mind when writing the original theme tune …

Although initially reluctant, Ian Fleming had been pursuaded by Edward Pickering, then Editor at the Daily Express, to grant the paper permission to create a syndicated series of comic strips based on his novels. John McLusky, who had made technical drawings for Air Force Bomber Command in WWII, happened to be touting for work in Fleet Street. In the right place at the right time, he was asked to supply a sample strip, and won the contract.

Keeping to an intense schedule of one strip a day, six days a week, McLusky would eventually illustrate thirteen of Fleming’s novels and short stories for the Daily Express between 1958 and 1966 (we have drawings for eleven of these in this Exhibition), and five for the Daily Star bewteen 1981 and 1983. The stories were visualised almost chronologically. ‘Casino Royale’, the first, was adapted by Daily Express staff writer Anthony Hearne. Then, for the next seven years McLusky teamed up with writer Henry Gammidge (there was a one-off partnership with Peter O’Donnell for Dr. No in 1960).

Fleming was concerned that his detailed prose wouldn’t transpose well to the format. But the strips were an instant success and boosted sales of the newspaper. The flow of the stories, only read at a rate of three cells a day, kept readers hooked; the punchy, fast-paced style and daily cliff-hangers suited Bond’s adventures perfectly.

Trouble broke out in 1962, when Fleming published his short story ‘The Living Daylights’ in rival newspaper The Sunday Times. Lord Beaverbrook, the Daily Express owner, abrubtly curtailed the publication of ‘Thunderball’, then only two months into syndication. It was not until 1964 that a settlement was reached, allowing the Daily Express to continue publication of the strip and all Fleming’s other works.



These ORIGINAL DRAWINGS are all sold to include a mount and frame.
Sizes given are mounted dimensions. The individual strips are between 4x14inches and 5x18inches.

Serial Reference Numbers (S.R. Nos.) are given so the scenes can be identified in each narative.
If you would like to read the complete strips, Titan books have published very good compendiums.
We recommend the The Complete Comic Strip Collection. Or the smaller format James Bond Omnibus series.



CASINO ROYALE (1958)

Fleming Novel, Published 1953
James Bond is sent to play against and bankrupt Le Chiffre, the paymaster for a SMERSH-controlled trade union, in a high-stakes baccarat game in France. With help from CIA agent Felix Leiter, Bond wins the game, but is betrayed by Vesper Lynd, a double agent. Lynd falls in love with Bond and, instead of betraying him, commits suicide.


  • 1. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    CASINO ROYALE; ‘Bond has said Au Revoir to Vesper…’ (S.R. No. 32). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1958. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 9.75×19 inches.
    £1,500
  • 2. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    CASINO ROYALE; ‘The French Police have been Alerted’ (S.R. Nos. 39-41). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1958 For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 20×19 inches.
    £3,750
  • 3. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    CASINO ROYALE; ‘Bond and Vesper set off together’ (S.R. Nos. 119-121). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1958 For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 22.25×21.25 inches.
    £3,750

LIVE AND LET DIE (1958/59)

Fleming Novel, Published 1954
Bond is sent to the United States to investigate “Mr. Big“, an agent of SMERSH and an underworld voodoo leader who is suspected of selling 17th century gold coins to finance Soviet spy operations in America. Bond’s friend and CIA ally, Felix Leiter, is captured and fed to a shark whilst Mr. Big’s fortune-telling girlfriend, Solitaire, runs off with Bond. Solitaire is captured by Mr. Big, but Bond saves her and blows up Mr. Big’s yacht with a limpet mine.


  • 4. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    LIVE AND LET DIE; “Black Magic?” … “Otherwise known as Voodoo” (S.R. No. 143). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1958/59. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 10.25×22.5 inches.
    £1,500
  • 5. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    LIVE AND LET DIE; ‘I decided to slip off the train at Jacksonville with Solitaire…’ (S.R. Nos. 169-170). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1958/59. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 16.25×22.5 inches.
    £2,500
  • 6. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    LIVE AND LET DIE; ‘Mr Big dismissed the guard. He stood looking at Solitaire and me, Then …’ (S.R. Nos. 208-209). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1958/59. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 16.25×22.5 inches.
    £2,750

MOONRAKER (1959)

Fleming Novel, Published 1955
Bond joins M at Blades to stop a member, Sir Hugo Drax, cheating at bridge. Bond is subsequently seconded onto Drax’s staff on the “Moonraker”, Britain’s first nuclear missile project. Bond discovers that Drax is an ex-Nazi, working for the Soviets; he also establishes that the rocket is not a defence, but is to be used by Drax to destroy London. Bond re-targets the rocket, sending it into the North Sea, where it kills Drax.


  • 7. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    MOONRAKER; ‘The forgotten man call Hugo Drax reappeared when he cornered the ‘Magic Metal’ called Columbite’ (S.R. Nos. 231-232). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1959 For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 16.25×22.5 inches.
    £2,750
  • 8. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    MOONRAKER; “I’m sorry, Sir, but I don’t see how Miss Brand, as one of you operative, could let two men quarrel over her to death” (S.R. No. 251). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1959. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 10×22.5 inches.
    £1,750
  • 9. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    MOONRAKER; ‘Now Drax let his mask drop: now he was all Nazi’ (S.R. Nos. 302-303). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1959. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 16×22.5 inches.
    £3,000

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1960)

Fleming Novel, Published 1957
Bond is targeted by SMERSH to be killed in a compromising situation on the Orient Express. He is lured to Istanbul by an attractive young cipher clerk, Corporal Tatiana Romanova, who claims to be defecting and bringing a Lektor, a Russian decoding device much coveted by MI6. Returning to London by train Bond meets SMERSH assassin, Red Grant, pretending to be a fellow British agent. Grant drugs Romanova and attempts to kill Bond, but fails: instead Bond kills Grant. Bond is then nearly killed by Colonel Rosa Klebb, one of the SMERSH planners, before he manages to capture her.


  • 10. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE; “What’s that round object in the roof, Kerim – next to the periscope” … “Bottom half of a bomb – a big bomb!”. (S.R. Nos. 520-524). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1960. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 34.25×22.5 inches.
    £5,250
  • 11. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE; “Two policmen are coming” … “Relax, James!”. (S.R. Nos. 539-542). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1960. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 28.25×22.5 inches.
    £5,000

DR NO (1960)

Fleming Novel, Published 1958
Commander John Strangways, the head of MI6 Station J in Kingston, Jamaica, and his secretary both disappear and Bond is sent to investigate the matter. Bond finds they had been investigating the activities of Dr. Julius No, a reclusive Chinese-German who lives on Crab Key and runs a guano mine. Bond suspects a connection to the disappearances and, with the assistance of his old friend Quarrel, Bond visits Crab Key. He is captured by Dr. No and establishes that No has been sabotaging American missile tests at nearby Cape Canaveral. Bond escapes and kills No.


  • 12. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    DR NO; “The Little Spitfire! Are you badly cut, Quarrel?” (S.R. Nos. 601-602). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1960. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 16.25×22.5 inches.
    £2,750
  • 13. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    DR NO; ‘A luxurious suite deep in the Mountain’ (S.R. Nos. 637-639). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1960. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 22.25×22.5 inches.
    £3,250
  • 14. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    DR NO; ‘Bond staggers across the room, his vision blurring as waves of sleep press down upon him’ (S.R. No. 641). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1960. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 10.25×22.5 inches.
    £1,750

GOLDFINGER (1960-61)

Fleming Novel, Published 1959
Bond investigates the activities of Auric Goldfinger, a gold smuggler whom M suspects of being connected to SMERSH and financing their western networks with his gold. Bond is captured by Goldfinger and forced to work as a secretary to oversee “Operation Grand Slam”, the stealing of the United States gold reserves from Fort Knox. Bond manages to alert the US authorities through his friend, Felix Leiter, and the plot is foiled.


  • 15. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    GOLDFINGER; ‘A week later, back in London. James Bond sees “M”, Head of the British Secret Service’ (S.R. Nos. 716-717). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1960/61. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 16.5×22.5 inches.
    £2,500
  • 16. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    GOLDFINGER; “Look here, Goldfinger, what the hell’s going on? That Ape of yours damned nearly killed us just now” (S.R. Nos. 775-777). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1960/61 For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 21.75×22.5 inches.
    £4,500
  • 17. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    GOLDFINGER; ‘Watched every minute, Bond worked on, Racking his brains for someway to prevent Goldfinger killing 60,000 people, and robbing Fort Knox’ (S.R. Nos. 816-817). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1960/61. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 16×22.5 inches.
    £2,750

RISICO (1961)

Fleming Short Story, Publ. 1960 in the collection For Your Eyes Only
Bond investigates a drug-smuggling operation run by the Russians.


  • 18. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    RISICO; ‘Bond felt in good spirits…. M’s hunch had been right – the man evidently knew something big …’ (S.R. No. 861). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1961. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s short story, from the collection ‘For Your Eyes Only’. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 10.25×22.5 inches.
    £1,250
  • 19. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    RISICO; ‘Bond was trapped, surrounded on three sides by the mine, fields, the sea, and Colombo’s approaching men …’ (S.R. Nos. 886-889). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1961. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s short story, from the collection ‘For Your Eyes Only’. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 28.25×22.5 inches.
    £4,000
  • 20. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    RISICO; ‘The Colombina closed with the Albanian trawler…’ (S.R. Nos. 908-909). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1961. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s short story, from the collection ‘For Your Eyes Only’. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 16.25×22.5 inches.
    £2,500

FROM A VIEW TO A KILL (1961)

Fleming Short Story, Publ. 1960 in the collection For Your Eyes Only
Bond investigates the murder of a motorcycle dispatch-rider and the theft of his top-secret documents by a motorcycle-riding assassin.


  • 21. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    FROM A VIEW TO A KILL; “So – a British despatch rider gets murdered. How do I find the killer…? I’m Secret Service – not a detective” (S.R. Nos. 935-936). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1961. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s short story, from the collection ‘For Your Eyes Only’. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 16.5×22.5 inches.
    £2,500
  • 22. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    FROM A VIEW TO A KILL; ‘That evening, Bond returned to Station F … and summoned Mary Ann Russell…’ (S.R. No.962). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1961. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s short story, from the collection ‘For Your Eyes Only’. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 10.25×22.25 inches.
    £1,750
  • 23. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    FROM A VIEW TO A KILL; ‘Through a red mist, Bond stared up into the death’s-eye of the gun muzzle … ‘ (S.R. No.984). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1961. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s short story, from the collection ‘For Your Eyes Only’. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 10×22.5 inches.
    £1,500

THUNDERBALL (1961-62)

Fleming Novel, Published 1961
An international, non-aligned terrorist organisation, SPECTRE, has hijacked a NATO plane and seized its two nuclear bombs, which it uses to blackmail the western world. Bond is sent to the Bahamas, where he joins forces with Felix Leiter. Bond meets “Domino” Vitali, the sister of the pilot who stole the plane with the bombs on board, who is also the mistress of a wealthy treasure hunter, Emilio Largo. Bond and Leiter suspect Largo and, using a nuclear submarine, track him to the bombs: whilst the submarine’s crew fight Largo’s crew, Bond battles with Largo and is overpowered, but before Largo can finish Bond off, Domino shoots him with a spear gun


  • 24. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    THUNDERBALL; ‘The phone call was an immediate summons for Bond from the Chief of Counter-Espionage of the Secret Service’ (S.R. Nos. 1068-1070). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1961/62 For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 22×22.5 inches.
    £3,750
  • 25. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    THUNDERBALL; ‘Bond returned to the Airport to meet his unknown American colleague’ (S.R. No.1122). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1961/62. For the Daily Express serialisation (not completed) of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 10.25×22.5 inches.
    £1,250
  • 26. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    THUNDERBALL; “Down there – where those sharks are nosing around. There must be something – put her down Felix!” (S.R. Nos.1123-1125). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1961/62. For the Daily Express serialisation (not completed) of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 22.25×22.5 inches.
    £3,750

ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (1964-65)

Fleming Novel, Published 1963
Bond continues to search for Ernst Stavro Blofeld after the Thunderball incident. Through contact with the College of Arms in London Bond finds Blofeld based in Switzerland with a co-conspirator, Irma Bunt. After meeting him and discovering his latest plans, Bond attacks the centre where he is based, although Blofeld escapes in the confusion. Bond meets and falls in love with Contessa Teresa “Tracy” di Vicenzo during the story and the pair marry, but Blofeld kills Bond’s new wife hours after the ceremony.


  • 27. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE; “It’s late. Shall we go? I am not interested in conversation” (Series Two S.R. No. 21). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1964/65. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 10.5×23.25 inches.
    £1,500
  • 28. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE; “Have we got clearance for this flight from Swiss Air Control?” … “Unfortunately, No” (Series Two S.R. Nos. 227-228). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1964/65. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 17×23.25 inches.
    £2,500
  • 29. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE; ‘James Bond stood for a moment in the shadows…’ (Series Two S.R. No. 248a). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1964/65. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 10.25×21.25 inches.
    £2,000

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1965-66)

Fleming Novel, Published 1964
After the murder of his wife, Bond begins to let his life slide. M gives him a last chance of redemption, to persuade the Japanese to share radio transmissions captured from the Soviet Union. The Japanese agree, but only if Bond kills Dr. Guntram Shatterhand, who operates a politically embarrassing “Garden of Death” in an ancient castle. Bond recognises Shatterhand and his wife as Blofeld and Bunt and he infiltrates their castle. He kills Blofeld and escapes, although he is injured as the castle explodes; his injury leaves him with amnesia and he lives as a Japanese fisherman until he travels to Russia to find out about his past.


  • 30. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE; ‘Suddenly Kissy was gone …’ (Series Two S.R. Nos. 382-384). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1965/66. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 23.5×23 inches.
    £3,750
  • 31. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE; “Stand back everyone! Kazama will restore the power of speech of your dumb friend” (Series Two S.R. No.408). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1965/66. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 10.75×23 inches.
    £1,750
  • 32. McLusky, John (1923 – 2006)
    YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE; ‘In the fumes of the question room, James Bond and Blofeld clash – for the last time…’ (Series Two S.R. Nos.422-425). Pen and ink on artist’s board. 1965/66. For the Daily Express serialisation of Ian Fleming’s novel. Provenance: The Artist’s Estate. 28.25×22.5 inches.
    £4,500