James Bond Jr. is a 65-Episode Cartoon that ran during the 1991-92 season and featured James Bond's nephew as the main protagonist. James Junior is secretly following in his Uncle James' footsteps (despite Ian Fleming's character being an only child; he may well be a descendant of James' Aunt Charmain) while attending a private boarding school. The theme song even alludes to this by mentioning that "he learned the game from his uncle James".
In his adventures, James battles the evil organization, SCUM which is made up of many of his uncle's former foes including Dr. No, Oddjob, Jaws, Nick Nack and many others, with help of his friends from school.
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.)
The series also received a Comic-Book Adaptation from Marvel Comics that lasted for twelve issues. The first five issues of the series were straight episode adaptations, while the remainder of the series told original stories.
"James Bond Jr. chases tropes around the world!"
- Animated Adaptation: Although this series is more of a Spin-Off of the source material.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: In "Fountain of Terror", Jaws disguises himself as a yeti to pull off a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax.
- Bond, James Bond: Being the Trope Namer's nephew and named after him, James does it at least once.
- Butt-Monkey: Trevor Noseworthy IV.
- Catchphrase: "Danger lurks within every shadow."
- 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, Trevor Noseworthy 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 Jr.'s adventures for a while, Trevor'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.
- Fountain of Youth: In "Fountain of Terror", S.C.U.M. tries to steal one from the local natives, who use its waters to live for centuries.
- Fun with Acronyms:
- S.C.U.M. Saboteurs and Criminals United in Mayhem.
- In "The Chamelon", the titular villain tries to steal a powerful exo-suit called RATS (Robot Armoured Tactical Soldier).
- The Ghost: Though the characters talk about him a lot and he occasionally sends his nephew gifts, James Bond Sr. never appears in person.
- Girl of the Week: Which part of "he learned the game from his uncle James" you didn't get?
- Kid-anova: James Bond Jr. inherited his uncle's luck with the ladies.
- Loves Only Gold: The series featured both Goldfinger, and his daughter Goldie Finger who shares her father's obsession with gold.note
- 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. In fact, "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.
- Not the Nessie: "No Such Loch" plays this trope completely straight, with the Loch Ness Monster turning out to be a submarine operated by Walker D. Plank.
- Off-Model: Much like Fred Wolf's other cartoon, airing at the same time, this got it bad between a mixture of multiple animation studiosnote and a really low budget.
- 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 "Never Lose Hope", Warfield Academy gets a new science teacher whose father had been kidnapped by S.C.U.M. to use one of the father's inventions for evil. James Senior infiltrated the base where her father was held and destroyed it and apparently her father died as well. Heartbroken over the loss of her father and wanting to make James Senior know how she felt, she went after James Junior. It was later revealed that her father was not dead but under a protection program.
- In "Appointment in Macau", James befriends Lily Mai, whose father was one of the heads of the Raven Triad and whom Dr. No kidnapped because of his grudge against the Raven Triad. Actually, he was a mole working for Interpol, but not even Lily knew that.
- 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: In this series, he's related to the best-known spy in all fiction.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Chameleon uses Applied Phlebotinum (in the form of subcutaneous "micro-molders") that lets him impersonate anyone he touches.
- We All Live in America: Despite his accent, Bond's fashion sense is distinctly American, as is his vocabulary and the way "Junior" is abbreviated.note A "prep school" is far more likely to be called a "public school" in the UK, and "gym class" is typically called "P.E." ("Physical Education")note . These are just examples from the first five minutes of the first episode; one could probably give this trope its own full page for this work.
- Why We're Bummed Communism Fell: In The Eiffel Missle, Dr Derange intends to fire a nuclear missile from France at Russia so that France will be blamed and "Perestroika will go up in a cloud of nuclear smoke!"
- 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.