BOND

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human mutate (see comments)

Occupation: Servant of Candra

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Candra, Jamil

Enemies: Achmed el-Gibar, Karima, X-Men (Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Jean Grey, Storm/Ororo Munroe)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "M'su Bond" (called by Gambit), "My man" (referred to by Candra)

Base of Operations: Candra's estate in Cairo, Egypt

First Appearance: X-Men Unlimited I#7 (December, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: Bond appeared to have superhuman durability, sufficient to bust his way through a closed wooden door and withstand both sandstorms and Gambit's exploding cards with only minor injury, if any injury at all. His strength was also presumably enhanced, allowing him the strength to bust through a solid wood door.

Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 150 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

History: (X-Men Unlimited I#7 (fb) - BTS) - After becoming a servant of the External Candra following being empowered by her, Bond was told of Candra's earlier servant, the X-Man Gambit, who, according to Candra, had betrayed the External. Much later, Bond approached the young thief Jamil and informed Jamil of Candra in Paris, who seemingly sought to become a benefactress for Jamil.

(X-Men Unlimited I#7) - Bond waited patiently by a limousine to greet Candra as she arrived at a small private airfield outside of Cairo, Egypt. Immediately upon landing, Candra asked Bond if Achmed el-Gibar still lived. When Bond replied with a yes, Candra asked about Jamil and whether he had been prepared for her arrival, to which Bond replied that the boy had been approached but remained loyal to el-Gibar. Bond then suggested that if he killed el-Gibar, Jamil would fall into Candra's clutches but Candra angrily responded by levitating Bond into the air, warning Bond that he should not presume to think for her. Harshly reminding Bond that she had given him powers that she could take away along with his life, Candra explained that if Bond killed el-Gibar, the man would become a martyr in Jamil's eyes. Candra then continued, explaining that she wanted the boy's loyalty to be to her alone and that his power was one that she alone could exploit. Candra then ordered Bond to bring the boy to her so that she could make him hers. Later, shortly after an angry Jamil had been telekinetically slammed against a wall by the X-Men's Jean Grey, Bond again confronted Jamil, who responded by threatening to carve Bond's heart out for following him. Jamil was interrupted by Candra, who suggested Jamil deserved better than what he had. As Candra continued her speech to Jamil, Bond accompanied Candra and Jamil as Candra asked Jamil to lead her to Achmed el-Gibar. When Jamil led Candra and Bond to Achmed el-Gibar, Bond walked right through the closed wooden door, creating an entrance for Candra, who attempted to make a deal with el-Gibar for leadership of el-Gibar's Street Urchin thieves. El-Gibar quickly refused any deal with Candra and when Gambit asked Candra to leave, Bond easily swatted Gambit aside, warning him to stay away from Candra. Gambit retaliated, hitting Bond in the chest with an exploding card and kicking him, remarking on Bond's strength. Candra ordered Bond to keep Gambit busy while she continued her discussion with Achmed el-Gibar but Storm warned Candra to leave. Candra gathered Bond and informed el-Gibar and Storm's trio of X-Men that Jamil would accompany her of his own free will and that he would return to lead the Street Urchins. A short time later, Storm, Jean Grey and Gambit sought out Jamil and were ambushed by a gang of thieves that worked with Jamil. After the trio defeated the thieves, Candra and Bond made themselves visible, with Bond knocking Jean Grey out from behind before Candra collapsed a wall atop the X-Men. The Street Urchin Karima angrily attacked Candra, distraught at the X-Men's apparent deaths at Candra's hands, but Bond shoved Karima aside, warning that she would do nothing to Candra. Candra ordered Bond to let Karima live, as she had use of Karima. Bond then accompanied Candra, Jamil and Karima back to Candra's estate outside Cairo, where Candra ordered Jamil to prove his loyalty to her by killing Karima. Unfortunately for Candra, a surviving Storm, Jean Grey and Gambit burst into the estate, quickly using the combined powers of Gambit and Jean Grey to take down Bond before Storm agreed to decide the fate of Jamil via trial-by-combat with Candra. As Storm battled Candra, a recovered Bond attacked Jean Grey and Gambit, requesting that Jamil aid in killing the two X-Men. Jamil's knife was halted in mid-air by Jean Grey's telekinesis while Bond was grounded by Gambit, who accused Bond of being slow despite his great strength. Bond retaliated by backhanding Gambit from behind. Gambit recovered, suggesting they end the fight mutant to mutant instead of turning it into a street fight and Bond responded, claiming that Candra had told him of Gambit's earlier servitude to Candra and admitting that he couldn't understand what Candra had seen in Gambit. As the two continued their fight, Gambit explained that Candra only cared for herself, which led to Gambit's betrayal of her, something Gambit did not regret. Bond exclaimed that Gambit would live to regret his betrayal that day as he was hit by Gambit's staff but Gambit yelled that Bond and Candra both would soon fall. Gambit eventually managed to charge his staff, using its kinetic charge to down Bond with a strike to Bond's midsection that also damaged his staff. With Bond downed and Storm having seemingly defeated Candra, Candra announced that while Storm had watched Gambit take down Bond, she had been building up a charge of psionic energy to kill Storm. Candra's hand was hit by knife thrown by Karima and Jamil instead chose to willingly join up with Candra to escape the life of a thief taught to him by Achmed el-Gibar. A recovering Bond and Candra then departed the scene with Jamil in tow and Storm, Jean Grey, Gambit and Karima returned to Achmed el-Gibar to deliver the news of Jamil's life choice.

Comments: Created by Howard Mackie, John Romita, Jr. and Joe Rubinstein.

Bond appeared rather large but when he was face-to-face with the 5'9" Candra, he appeared a few inches shorter than she was, hence me approximating his height at 5'6". Due to John Romita, Jr.'s art, Bond certainly appeared to be much larger than that but that could have just been artistic interpretation.

Gambit referred to Bond as a mutant but at the beginning of Bond's one and only story, Candra mentions having given Bond powers that she could take away at any time along with his life. Since Candra provided an official (albeit short) origin, it seems likely Gambit only assumed Bond was a mutant when he was actually mutated by Candra, likely through some sort of magic.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Bond has no KNOWN connections to:


images: (without ads)
X-Men Unlimited I#7, p18, pan2 (Bond, main image)
X-Men Unlimited I#7, p5, pan4 (Bond, headshot)


Appearances:
X-Men Unlimited I#7 (December, 1994) - Howard Mackie (writer), John Romita, Jr. (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)


Last updated: 04/10/17

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