“A day in the life of James Bond”: Cartoon from Danish MAD Magazine (1987)


From the time Martin Bigum was 15 to 21 years old, the future visual artist contributed satirical cartoons and gags to the Danish version of MAD Magazine.  For issue 55 of Dansk MAD, published by Interpresse in 1987, Bigum wrote and drew this page, "A day in the life of James Bond".

The captions say:
- "Sorry, sir. All entrance prohibited. Turn the car around - and drive away!"
- "Roger! And Moore!"

Martin Bigum Dansk MAD 55-1987The cartoon is reproduced with the kind permission of Martin Bigum.

“For Your Eyes Only”: First Danish retail VHS (1989)

In 1989 Warner Home Video issued all of the James Bond 007 films (except the Columbia-produced "Casino Royale" from 1967) on retail VHS through local distributor Metronome Video. The Bond films had not previously been available on sell-through video in Denmark.

This initial retail series had specially designed cover art with raster graphics on a metallic grey background which was obviously meant to resemble Maurice Binder's famous gunbarrel design.

Below is the Danish cover art for the first Danish retail VHS of "For Your Eyes Only" (EON 1981):

FYEO VHS 1989 omslag

“007 News”: Newsletters from the Danish James Bond fan club (1984-85)

It may seem unlikely, but for a short period at the beginning of the 1980s, two James Bond 007 fan clubs existed in our tiny kingdom of Denmark: "Danish James Bond Club", established in Odense on Funen by Peter Jensen, and "James Bond 007 Fan Club Denmark", which was managed from Vejle in Jutland by Johnny Eskildsen and Jørgen Bøttcher.

In the very last issue of the comic magazine James Bond, no. 7 published in November 1984, it was announced that the Jutland club had taken over the activities of the Funen competitor with effect from June 1984. This brought the number of members of James Bond 007 Fan Club Denmark to more than 100 Danish fans.

The annual fee of DKK 50 included a membership card and club diploma, the magazine Agent 007 which was to be published every three months, and the photocopied newsletter 007 NEWS. Three of the first four newsletters that the fan club in Vejle sent out between June 1984 and May 1985 are pictured below. The editorial staff of 007 NEWS consisted of editor Jørgen Bøttcher as well as Johnny Eskildsen, Peter Jensen, Morten Kaae, Per B. Nielsen and Ulrik Nielsen.

007 NEWS nr 1 (A) 007 NEWS nr 1 (B)

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