No. 207 – Mr. Brass & Mr. Bland

Mr. Morris “Morrie” Brass (left panel, right) and Mr. Bland (left panel, left) in their first appearance in prog 265’s (1982) Rogue Trooper story The Body Looters, written by Gerry Finley-Day and drawn by Cam Kennedy v Mr. Wint (right panel, left; played by Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (right panel, right; played by jazz musician Putter Smith in a rare acting role) from the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever[1] (1971)

In Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name[2] (Jonathan Cape, 1956), Wint and Kidd are members of The Spangled Mob, an American Mafia family based in Las Vegas. In the film, however, they appear to be henchmen for the villain, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (played by Charles Grey (1928–2000)), head of international criminal organisation SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion).

Mr. Brass and Mr. Bland prepare for a performance

Although Mr. Brass and Mr. Bland are Nu-Earth hackers, scavengers and looters without scruple or allegiance, who’d rather avoid confrontation let alone indulge in outright assassination; their manner, comportment and banter can’t help but put us in mind of these eccentric Bond villains.

Notes:

  1. The seventh official James Bond film and Sean Connery’s sixth appearance as Bond
  2. The fourth Bond book

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