FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Why is he called James Bond Junior if he's 007's nephew, not his son?
It's difficult to find any article about James Bond Jr that doesn't comprehensively nitpick at the fact that the 'Jr' suffix is only supposed to apply to sons, not nephews - but this argument is so tiresomely pedantic it barely merits discussion. The simple fact is that to have made James 007's son would have opened up all sorts of conflicts with the films that would have enraged purists even further than the cartoon did anyway, as well as demanding more direct references to 007 (which are few and far between in JBJ). As the younger Bond's uncle, 007 is once removed from proceedings, sidestepping any significant continuity or rights problems. Having accepted that, we must either simply call him 'James Bond', which would be pointless and confusing, or give him another forename altogether - 'Wayne Bond', for example. Or, we can put pedantry aside and call him 'James Bond Junior'. As far as we're aware, there's no law against it.
Who are James's parents?
They're never mentioned in the show or elsewhere, so we simply don't know - nor are we supposed to. According to The Bond Files (by Andy Lane and Paul Simpson), John Peel, who wrote the novelisations, was told abruptly that he would not be allowed to refer to them. Again, this could raise issues of continuity with respect to the films, so was evidently given a wide berth. The only possible clue occurs in the first episode, in which Coach Mitchell says Warfield is home to the sons and daughters of some very important people, 'including yourself'. This may simply be a reference to 007, but the 'sons and daughters' comment could suggest that one or more of James's parents may also be very important.
Does James Bond Sr ever appear in the cartoon? What about Q, or Felix Leiter, or Miss Moneypenny?
No. Never. This could be due to rights issues, or simply because they wanted to keep the two franchises relatively distant from one another. Having 007 appear would raise all sorts of issues about 'which Bond' it would be, and could create a continuity minefield. Moreover, it would be fairly gratuitous, and a distraction from the story at hand, largely only of interest to fans of the film rather than those that enjoyed the TV show in its own right.
Certain mentions of these film characters crop up in a handful of episodes, however. James Bond Sr is mentioned in the opening theme tune ('He learned the game from his uncle James, now he's heir to the name'), but in the show it's normally simply '007' or 'my uncle'. He is directly involved in the plot of The Beginning when he loans James his Aston Martin - and is known personally to Coach Mitchell. He is indirectly referenced in Earthcracker, and also speaks at a 'Save the Python' conference in James's dream in Location: Danger. In Never Lose Hope we learn that 007 was responsible for destroying the S.C.U.M. laboratory on the Pacific island; Miss Eternal thinks he killed her father in the process and wreaks revenge on James Jr as a result, but she turns out to be mistaken.
Q is normally referred to as Major Boothroyd in the TV show, but occasionally simply as 'Q'. Notable episodes include No Time to Lose, in which Spoiler erroneously captures I.Q., thinking he's Q, who was due to attend the Warfield Science Club banquet but never made it. In There But For Ms. Fortune, I.Q. intends to deliver his room temperature ice formula to his grandfather at MI6 (although the episode also refers to Q, erroneously, as I.Q.'s father). The closest we get to an appearance is when James and I.Q. fake Q's voice in order to gain permission to leave Warfield in Dance of the Toreadors. When he's caught out at the end of the episode, Mitchell tells him and I.Q. that Q is in their room, awaiting an explanation.
Felix Leiter is not mentioned by name in the TV episodes (it's established simply that Gordo's father worked with James' uncle in The Beginning). But in the comics, he grants Gordo the use of a CIA 'safe island' (Wave Goodbye to the U.S.A.) and a hydrofoil (Homeward Bound).
In Earthcracker, meanwhile, James nicknames his mule 'Moneypenny', which is perhaps more likely to be an insult than a compliment. One wonders why a niece of Miss Moneypenny's was not worked into the original Warfield crew.
So were any characters carried over from the Bond films to the cartoon?
Yes, five were - all of them villains. These are Goldfinger, Odd Job, Dr No, Jaws and Nick Nack.
I thought Goldfinger / Odd Job / Doctor No died in the films? How have they come back to life?
Yes, they did die - and for the record, no explanation is given as to how they are resurrected for the animated series. But film purists needn't bother tying themselves in knots looking for continuity in James Bond Jr, which is rather like looking for a salad in a fish and chip shop. To put it mildly, the show was never intended as a canonical follow-up to any of the events in the films. Using deceased villains from the film series is simply a way of forging familiar links between the two series and attracting young fans of James Bond Jr to the film franchise.
But if you must have canonical explanations:
- Goldfinger was wearing a parachute in the lining of his clothes when he was sucked out of the plane.
- Odd Job fakes his electrocution - as well as a metal rim, his hat has an insulating lining that protects him from shocks.
- Doctor No survived his dip in the nuclear cooling vat, but the radiation caused his skin to turn green, his arms to drop off (hence the cybernetic claws) and his taste in facial hair to alter considerably.
At the end of Moonraker, Jaws helps James Bond and turns to the good side. What on Earth caused him to start working for S.C.U.M.?
As with the previous question, there is no explanation given in the show for Jaws' return to the dark side, nor should it be an issue of particular concern. Jaws was chosen as a prominent villain for the cartoon series purely on account of his menacing appearance and notoriety from the films. If it suits you to believe that his girlfriend left him, making him bitter and twisted again, believe away.
Who is Goldie Finger? What is her relationship with Goldfinger?
This can be particularly confusing as it's simply not explained in most of the episodes in which she appears - in fact, it's only mentioned in Goldie's Gold Scam. Goldie Finger is Goldfinger's daughter.
What happened to Tracy's mother?
She is not mentioned on screen, and we are led to believe that Mr Milbanks raised Tracy alone. It's possible her mother has died. But then, mothers are seldom mentioned in the show anyway (see the question on 'daddy issues' below).
Whereabouts is Warfield Academy?
No explicit mention is made of the location in the TV show, although it's clearly intended to be in the south of England, and somewhere coastal. Numerous episodes suggest London is within fairly short travelling distance. However, the novelisation of The Sword of Power is much more precise, putting the school just over five miles north of Dover - and therefore within the county of Kent, probably south of Kingsdown and north of St Margaret's Bay.
What does S.C.U.M. stand for?
S.C.U.M. stands for Saboteurs and Criminals United in Mayhem. While this is not actually revealed on-screen in The Beginning or any of the other TV episodes, the acronym is spelled out in most of the comic stories and nearly all the tie-in material. Whether this was arrived upon as an afterthought, post-production, is unclear - but it certainly seems possible.
In the episode Barbella's Big Attraction, S.C.U.M. uses an acronym alias to allow it to book space for their conference in Rio: the Society of Classical Ukelele Manufacturers.
Why do most S.C.U.M. agents wear conspicuous uniforms featuring the organisation's logo? Isn't this detrimental when committing crimes?
One would have thought so. Presumably S.C.U.M. is just incredibly brand-conscious. However, there are less conspicuous 'plain-clothes' S.C.U.M. operatives, several of whom recur in a number of episodes, yet remain tantalisingly nameless.
Presuming he wasn't thus christened, what is Scumlord's true identity?
Nobody knows. One interesting theory is that he was intended to be James's father, which would have made for a great reveal and would certainly explain why he's always shrouded in shadow. But there's no evidence for this given in the show, so it's pure speculation. Another theory is that Scumlord is a senior figure in the British government and therefore a national traitor, which would also make sense given the sheer size and breadth of his operations.
What's with the daddy issues in James Bond Jr?
Good question. Whenever there's a junior Bond girl in danger, chances are it's in some way linked to her father and his profession/status/activities. More often than not, he's an eminent scientist. Tracy Milbanks was apparently raised solely by her father, and Phoebe Farragut only ever talks about her dear dad. Goldie Finger, meanwhile, has perhaps the most serious daddy issues of the lot. But why are mothers hardly ever mentioned in James Bond Jr?
Of the recurring characters, to our knowledge only Trevor Noseworthy and Leftbrain have mothers worth a mention (of whom, the latter's is compared to a hideous monster) - and no mummy has ever been seen on-screen (save the one in Shifting Sands, which doesn't really count). Yet fathers abound throughout.
One likely explanation is that the show was deliberately kept male-heavy because it was aimed at boys - indeed, the only prominent female characters aside from the guest girls are Tracy, Phoebe, Barbella, Goldie Finger and Ms Fortune, all of whom are either in love with James or trying to kill him (with Tiara Hotstones, it's possibly a bit of both). And yet surely, it wouldn't have hurt to have some female wacky professors, foreign dignitaries and police officers whose daughters needed rescuing?
Where does Dr Derange buy his clothes?
He flits between H&M and Topman.
Why is the episode running order so messed up?
If you've noticed, then you've really been paying attention. This isn't particularly unusual for cartoon series or indeed series in general. Aside from The Beginning which charts James' arrival at Warfield, the only episodes in which the running order really seems to matter is those in which James Bond Jr meets particular villains for the first time: these include the episodes The Beginning, Earthcracker and There But For Ms. Fortune.
Which voice actor played [insert character here] in the show?
Details of which actors played which characters is fairly scant, and the Internet is full of inaccurate information as regards this. We are fairly certain that Corey Burton played James and that Jeff Bennett was I.Q. The other main voices (playing the Warfield regulars) were Julian Holloway, Mona Marshall, Brian Mitchell, Jan Rabson, Susan Silo and Simon Templeman, although the show's closing credits list dozens of other 'additional' voices.
The threadbare list below has been compiled from various web sources, but we cannot vouch for its accuracy. We have only listed here those for whom we have been able to identify character names. We have excluded any actors for whom we have determined that cited character names are probably inaccurate - e.g. where a source lists a character who does not appear in the series.
If anyone is able to provide accurate information as regards which characters are played by which voices, please do get in touch.