William Boyd to write new James Bond novel
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William Boyd to write new James Bond novel

12th April 2012

William Boyd will become the latest author to step into Ian Fleming's shoes and write a James Bond novel, it has been confirmed, with the 60-year-old writer promising a return to the spy's roots.

After Jeffery Deaver brought 007 into the 21st century with the most recent Bond novel, 2011's Carte Blanche, Boyd has vowed to adopt a similar approach to Sebastian Faulks' Devil May Care and set the book in the 1960s, when many of Fleming's original adventures were written.

Boyd has yet to reveal the title of the new book, which will be published next year to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first Ian Fleming novel, Casino Royale, though he confirmed it will mark a return to 'classic Bond'.

'When the Ian Fleming estate invited me to write the new James Bond novel I accepted at once. For me the prospect appeared incredibly exciting and stimulating - a once-in-a-lifetime challenge,' the author explained.

'In fact, my father introduced me to the James Bond novels in the 1960s and I read them all then - From Russia With Love being my favourite.'

Corinne Turner, managing director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, said that Boyd's novels always manage to retain a classic feel and combine literary elements with a broad appeal.

'His thrillers occupy the niche that Ian Fleming would fill were he writing today and with similar style and flair. This, alongside his fascination with Fleming himself, makes him the perfect choice to take Bond back to his 1960s world,' she added.

Boyd becomes the seventh author to contribute to the official canon of James Bond novels, with Kingsley Amis publishing Colonel Sun under the pseudonym Robert Markham in 1968 and John Gardner and Raymond Benson each writing multiple entries in the series in the 1980s and 90s.

© W&G Foyle Ltd