- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (20 Dec. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444756664
- ISBN-13: 978-1444756661
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 5.4 x 23.6 cm
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New James Bond book, Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
Deaver, author of Carte Blanche, does not look exactly like James Bond, even when standing by a Bentley Continental GT.
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A limited edition of the new James Bond book has been created by designers at Bentley Motors in Cheshire.
The Crewe-based company was approached by publishers Hodder & Stoughton to design the luxury edition, which is being marketed a month ahead of the publication date.
It follows similar work that Bentley did on previous Bond novel, Devil May Care, written by Sebastian Faulks.
This latest book, Carte Blanche, by Jeffery Deaver, sees the return of the Bentley marque.
A team of 7 people submitted proposals for the edition and the final design came from Bentley senior designer Brett Boydell:
A Christmas edition of CARTE BLANCHE bound in red Bentley leather, numbered and limited to 500 copies.
'The face of war is changing. The other side doesn't play by the rules much any more. There's thinking, in some circles, that we need to play by a different set of rules too . . .'
Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary.
The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.
And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfil his mission
James Bond is back. And in Carte Blanche, he is just out of Afghanistan, seconded to a new security agency -- one that is a distinctly separate entity from MI5 or 6. A decryption reveals that Britain is harbouring a vicious clandestine figure, and a great many people are to die -- within a week. 007 is in action in his own country for once, his hands tied by an irritating bureaucratic colleague, and up against a sinister opponent who luxuriates in the sights and sounds of death and putrefaction. And if the latter sounds like the kind of villain Lincoln Rhyme might be taking on, that’s because 007’s new chronicler is the American writer Jeffrey Deaver, creator of the quadriplegic criminologist Rhyme.
There is now a long and impressive tradition of continuing the literary adventures of Ian Fleming's superspy after his elegant creator's death, and it has to be said that the results have been only fitfully successful. The first post-Fleming Bond novel, Robert Markham’s Colonel Sun, was a lovingly crafted tribute by a pseudonymous Kingsley Amis, and did considerable justice to the original concept. The entries by the American writer Raymond Benson were generally received with less enthusiasm (proving that Benson’s considerable knowledge of Bondiana did not constitute sufficient credentials for the task), and while the veteran thriller writer John Gardner’s entries began strongly, he appeared to lose interest in the project; the last two books in his 007 sequence were workaday, to say the least. Sebastian Falk’s recent entry, Devil May Care, placed Bond back in the Fleming era, and was a diverting outing.
Like Gardner, Jeffrey Deaver is, of course, a considerable thriller writer with a body of work that has acquired a strong following (principally for his novels featuring Lincoln Rhyme). And like any writer approaching the task of continuing the adventures of Britain's most famous spy, Deaver was faced with a variety of dilemmas. Should he bring Bond into the modern age, as John Gardner (and the continuing film franchise) had done? Or should he create a period adventure in the fashion of the last non-Fleming Bond adventure by Sebastian Falks? To some degree, Deaver has opted to have the best of both worlds. This is a 21st-century Bond, post-9/11 and post-7/7 (both namechecked in this book), and Bond has given up smoking (something else that John Gardner wished upon the hero in his series). Many of the comforting facets of the Bond books are in place, including the sybaritic lifestyle and the absurdly-named women he encounters (how long did it take Deaver to come up with the name Ophelia Maidenstone?). The eternal Miss Moneypenny is on board, as is the de rigueur grotesque villain. The modern reader consuming the book (and it demands to be consumed -- at a brisk pace) will be wondering what version of the spy chief M we will encounter: a middle-aged woman with echoes of Judi Dench? No, M in Carte Blanche is an admiral (clearly, in fact, Fleming’s Sir Miles Messervy), and all the other aspects readers have come to expect in Fleming's adroitly written thrillers are satisfyingly in place. In fact, the opening suspense sequence (involving multiple deaths and the destruction of a train) is something that would have done Fleming proud. But as Deaver would no doubt be the first to admit, there was only one Ian Fleming, and any new Bond adventure is essentially an act of ventriloquism. But if such initiatives are to be undertaken, it is to the Fleming Estate’s credit that the talented Mr Deaver was chosen for the job. Fleming aficionados may have caveats, but there is no denying that Deaver's customary storytelling expertise is handsomely on display here, and Deaver can offer a frequently persuasive Fleming simulacra. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
nya James Bond bok, som kommer att offentliggöras senare i år och
skriven av bästsäljande deckarförfattaren Jeffery Deaver, kommer att
kallas Carte Blanche.
titel och omslag är första gången idag (måndag 17 januari), vid en
speciell avsparken på InterContinental Hotel i Dubai.
Liksom Fleming, Deaver Jeffery tar inspiration från exotiska platser runt om i världen, och efter att ha besökt Dubai för Emirates Airline Festival of Literature förra året bestämde han sig för att ställa en del av Carte Blanche i Förenade Arabemiraten City.
Carte Blanche är kommer att offentliggöras av Hodder och Stoughton i Storbritannien, några dagar före Flemings födelsedag, den 26 maj 2011. Det har fått i uppdrag av Ian Fleming Publications Ltd Det kommer att offentliggöras i USA och Kanada den 14 juni, 2011 av Simon & Schuster.
Deaver kommenterar, "Jag är verkligen glad att vara tillbaka i
Dubai. - Det är en inspirerande och imponerande stad och utgör en
perfekt Bond plats speciellt för en roman som driver vår hjälte till
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