James Bond Jr.
is a 65-Episode Cartoon
that ran from 1991 to 1992 and featured James Bond
's nephew as the main protagonist. James Junior is secretly following into his Uncle James' footsteps (despite Ian Fleming
being an only child). The theme song even alludes to this by mentioning that "he learned the game from his uncle James".
The basic idea of the series seems to derive from the novel 003½: The Adventures of James Bond Junior
(1967), a licensed spin-off of the James Bond series of novels. The novel was supposed to be the first of a spin-off novel series but nothing came of it. Harry Saltzman, co-producer of the Bond films from 1962 to 1974, had reportedly considered adapting the novel in a television series. But these plans were aborted by the early 1970s
, This animated series revived the concept of a nephew for Bond, and was at least moderately successful. (The novel and the series, it should be noted, have nothing in common other than the title.)
- Animated Adaptation
- Cool Car: First the Aston Martin DB-5, followed by the "Aston Super Ultra."
- Daddy's Little Villain: Goldfinger's daughter, Goldie.
- Dinner Order Flub: In one episode, the snotty rich kid takes a girl to a restaurant and orders a meal in French. On his first attempt he orders a live lobster. When the focus returns to him after cutting to Bond's adventures for a while, he's finally managed to order something edible in French - a cheese sandwich.
- Expository Theme Tune: The theme song helpfully informs us that "he learned the game from his uncle James" and "James Bond Jr. chases S.C.U.M. around the world".
- Expy: S.C.U.M., a stand-in for S.P.E.C.T.R.E. from the films.
- Fun with Acronyms: S.C.U.M.
- Girl of the Week: Which part of "he learned the game from his uncle James" you didn't get?
- Meaningful Name: Naturally, being based on the Bond films, half the villains have these. For example, a pirate named Walker D. Plank.
- Motive Decay: Goldfinger's scams in the show revolved entirely around stealing gold for himself despite the fact that his goal in Goldfinger was to make his gold more valuable by inducing scarcity via irradiating the Fort Knox reserves. Hell, "Goldie's Gold Heist" was essentially a reversal of the plot of Goldfinger where he and his daughter use a device to make gold look radioactive in order to scare people away and steal it!
- Of course, in the Fleming novel, Goldfinger's plan was to steal the gold and the nuclear device was to be used to crack the vault.
- My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Trevor Noseworthy's attempt to order lunch at a French restaurant results in him being delivered a live lobster.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: S.C.U.M.
- Pink Means Feminine: Goldie wears a pink top and pink pants under her yellow coat.
- A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: Captain Walker D. Plank
- Pirate Parrot: Captain Walker D. Plank. Even his parrot has an eyepatch and a wooden leg.
- Preppy Name: Trevor Noseworthy IV.
- Reverse Polarity: IQ reverses the polarity all the time. He once took control of the bad guy's helicopter with a simple remote control and some polarity reversal.
- Say My Name Trailer
- Sins of Our Fathers: At least two girls in the series fit this trope. In the episode "Never Lose Hope", Warfield Academy got a new science teacher whose father was believed to be a S.C.U.M. agent until James Senior arrested him. Believing her father to be innocent and wanting to make James Senior know how she felt, she went after James Junior. It was later revealed that her father was not in prison but under a protection program. In "Appointment in Macau", James befriended Lily Mai, whose father was one of the heads of the Raven Triad. Actually, he was a mole working for the Interpol.
- Spin-Offspring: Not only the titular character is James Bond's nephew, he also has friends who are related to some of James Bond's allies. I.Q. is Q's grandson; Gordo is Felix Leiter's son. Not to mention that one of his foes is Goldfinger's daughter, Goldie.
- Spoiled Brat: Trevor Noseworthy IV
- Surfer Dude: Gordo Leiter
- Teen Superspy
- Yellow Peril: Dr. No, far more than in the original despite now having green skin, just like the Ming in Defenders of the Earth and the Mandarin in the later Iron Man cartoon.