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Nick Fury Jr., the biracial son of the original Nick Fury, has always been blessed with his fatherā€™s superhuman slow-aging and Samuel L. Jacksonā€™s good looks. In his brand-new ongoing series written by James Robinson and penciled by ACO, though, the younger Fury does something that neither of his ā€œfathersā€ has managed to do: give us a story about a black James Bond.

Most of Fury Jr.ā€™s adventures up to this point have read a lot like a logical translation of the things his counterpart in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would likely get up to in his time apart from the Avengers. Infiltrate a Hydra cell on Monday, intercept a cache of illegal alien weapons on Tuesday. In a particularly memorable one-shot, Fury Jr. traveled back in time to 1965, met his dad as a young man, and ended up saving a young Barry Obama from white supremacists.

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But now Fury Jr. has his own self-titled series (whose first issue came out yesterday) and his first assignment isnā€™t quite as fantastical as time traveling. Instead, itā€™s a modern-day throwback to the golden age of spy movies where camp and vibrant style were still a part of what it meant to be a super spy. Furyā€™s mission takes him to a casino on the French Riviera where heā€™s meant to find Auric Goodfellow, a man with financial ties to Hydra (a not even slightly subtle nod to Bond villain Auric Goldfinger).

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Thereā€™s action, thereā€™s humor, everything is beautiful, and compared to the rest of Marvelā€™s universeā€”just now getting pulled into another dark, overwrought, universe-changing eventā€”Nick Fury reads like a breath of fresh air. Its story is tight and nimble, and ACOā€™s bold pencils and the lush palette that colorist Richelle Rosenberg uses to bring the book to life makes the art sharp and kinetic in a way that makes it straight-up fun to run your eyes over repeatedly.

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Personally, I couldnā€™t shake the feeling that this issue alone could be used as the basis for a solid James Bond movie featuring a black lead.

For as long as thereā€™s been a push from fans for a non-white Bond, the specter of Bondā€™s canonical whiteness has loomed large, exerting influence over how studios have handled the character. As GQ pointed out in a 2015 discussion about why Idris Elba hasnā€™t been Bond yet, the ultimate payoff in movies like Live and Let Die comes specifically from Bond making his way through very black ā€˜70s Harlem and ultimately emerging as a white hero. Itā€™s Bondā€™s legacy of whiteness, you could say, thatā€™s made it so difficult for many people to even conceptualize of what a contemporary Bond of color might look like.

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Nick Fury #1 just made that a hell of a lot easier to do. Just look through the book. Everything from Furyā€™s multifunction eyepatch that he uses to fake retinal scans to the series of one-liners that he exchanges with a Hydra agent mid-boat chase oozes classic spy-thriller.

This comic is a proof positive that whenever the current battle over the rights to the next handful of Bond films is finally over, whoeverā€™s in control should know there are definitely new directions to steer the franchise in. Nick Fury #1 may not translate exactly into a finished movie script, but it definitely works as a story treatment. And it comes with its own concept art, too.