"Orbis non sufficit"
Originally cited by Ian Fleming in his novel, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the Bond family crest bears a motto in Latin which translates to "The world is not enough." In so many ways this motto is the perfect credo for a man never satisfied, wholly incorruptible, and with a rapacious appetite for the finest of all pleasures. Speaking personally though, I find that the world of Bond is not enough for me.
Ever since I sat in a movie theater in the Fall of 1995 to see GoldenEye, I have been enamored. Yet one day I realized that the Bond films were not enough. From there, I read Fleming's prose and I discovered a new dimension of literary brilliance, but still the Bond books were not enough. I’ve looked elsewhere: continuation novels, unofficial films, parodies and knockoffs, comic strips and graphic novels, video games, radio dramas, and even children’s books but still the world of Bond was not enough. When I discovered that there were James Bond comic books from other countries, never printed in English, I tracked many of them down but just viewing the artwork wasn't enough for me — I had to read them, and now I want to share these stories with you all.
The core mission of Comics Royale is my dedication to presenting you with the best quality English-language translations of the adventures of James Bond 007 as printed in non-English speaking markets… detente indeed. This website is a continually growing digital library of the adventures of our favorite secret agent and will be updated regularly with future translations as I complete them. All comics and images available are the best quality scans that I was able to obtain or create. If you have access to further Bond adventures that have never been printed in English, then please contact me at the link above.
Comics Royale is not for profit and these translations are purely a labor of love. I encourage you all to support your local comics shops and collectors everywhere and seek out the many James Bond 007 comics and comic strip collections that have been published over the years in English-speaking markets. As fans, I believe that we should support the creation of Bond in all manner of media. Finally, all praise should be given to the writers and artists who crafted these stories that more of us can hopefully now enjoy, and of course to the great Ian Fleming, without whom none of this would be possible.
The world of Bond, I suspect, will never be enough for many of us, I hope that I can make the world a little bigger.
Your faithful Webmaster & Translator,
James Clinton Rawls, MFA