Asterix and the Black Gold is the 26th Asterix book. It was first published in 1981 as L'Odyssée d'Astérix(The Odyssey of Asterix). The story is a combination of James Bond and the Bible. This story reveals one of the ingredients to the magic potion:Rock Oil. When Getafix runs out and his supplier fails, he sends Asterix of to Mesopotamia to get more
The story begins with a conversation between boars, where they discuss strategies to escape Gauls. When Asterix and Obelix come to hunt boars the boars bolt towards a Roman patrol. In the ensuing fight, the boars escape. At this time the troops return to their camp and report that the Gauls have "trained" boars to find Roman patrols. The story then cuts to Caeser in his palace with the head of his secret service MI.VI(MI.6): Devius Surreptitious. Caesar orders him to send an agent to infiltrate the village. Devius Surreptitious sends a Gallo-Roman Druid Dubbelosix.