At last night’s B.A.D. (Business and Death) Bonenkai party, co-sponsored by the Gimsho of Darkness, F-ko-san slipped me a copy of Takao Saito’s ancient manga adaptation of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Initial impressions: Blofeld is black and has a Momus-like eye patch. Bond looks like a younger and slightly more emotional version of Golgo 13. A master of disguise, he slips into a fake beard and a big hat on practically every other page.
Biggest deviations from the novel and film: Bond is forced to dress like a gladiator and fights a lion in a 1/1 scale Roman coliseum impossibly housed inside Blofeld’s château. The ending is a doozy too, with Tracey speeding off, leaving Our Man trapped inside a rapidly filling gas chamber.
This, of course, never happened to the other fellow.
More on Saito's Bond here.