Boyd takes James Bond back to 1969 in new 007 novel
William Boyd is taking on the mission to write a new James Bond novel.
The as-yet-untitled book will appear in 2013, the 60th anniversary of
the super-spy's first literary outing, in Ian Fleming's Casino Royale.
Boyd has revealed that his story will mark a return to "classic
Bond" and will be set in the late 1960s.
He is the third author in recent years to be invited by the Ian Fleming
estate to write an official Bond novel.
Before him came American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, who penned
Carte Blanche in 2011; and Sebastian Faulks, whose Devil May Care was
published to mark Ian Fleming's centenary in 2008.
Deaver's book, released in May last year, is set in the present day and
portrayed Bond as a Royal Naval Reserve veteran whose service included a
tour of Afghanistan. It has sold over 160,000 copies to date and is out in
paperback next month.
of Carte Blanche in its opening week were about a third of those
achieved by Faulks' book in the same period.
Other writers to take on Fleming's hero include John Gardner and
Charlie Higson, author of the Young
William Boyd biography
- Born in Accra, Ghana in 1952
- Educated at Gordonstoun School and attended the universities of
Nice, Glasgow and Jesus College, Oxford
- Boyd is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Officier
de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France
- Literary awards include Whitbread, Somerset Maugham Award, Jonathan
Llewellyn Rhys Prize, James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Prix Jean
Monnet and Costa Novel of the Year
- Awarded the CBE in 2005
- Screenplays include Stars and Bars (1987), A Good Man in Africa
(1993), Armadillo (2001) and Any Human Heart - a four-part drama for
Channel 4 in 2010
- Boyd lives in London and the south-west of France
Writers to all Bond books
Neal Purvis screenwriter
Robert Wade screenwriter
Boyd said he had "accepted at once" when invited by the Ian
Fleming estate to write the new Bond novel.
"For me the prospect appeared incredibly exciting and stimulating
- a once-in-a-lifetime challenge," he said.
"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."
Boyd's novels include A Good Man in Africa (1981), which won the
Whitbread First Novel Award; An Ice-Cream War (1982), shortlisted for
Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach (1990); Any Human Heart and Restless
Boyd's "fascination" with Ian Fleming was previously seen in
Any Human Heart (2002). He wrote Fleming into the narrative, making him
responsible for recruiting the protagonist, Logan Mountstuart, to the
Naval Intelligence Division in World War II.
Boyd also points out that three of his screenplays have starred
big-screen Bond actors: Sean Connery in A Good Man in Africa, Pierce
Brosnan in Mr Johnson and Daniel Craig in The Trench.
"The idea that these somewhat random connections with Fleming and
Bond should culminate in my writing a new James Bond novel is irresistibly
appealing," Boyd said.
"The only thing I'm prepared to say at this stage about the novel
that I will write is that it will be set in 1969."
His most recent novel, Waiting for Sunrise, was published in the UK in
February and comes out in the US later this month.
"William Boyd is a contemporary English
writer whose classic novels combine literary elements with a broad appeal,"
said Corinne Turner, managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.
"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."
The new Bond novel will be published in the UK and Commonwealth in
autumn 2013 by Jonathan Cape - Ian Fleming's original publisher - and
simultaneously by HarperCollins Publishers in USA and Canada.
Cape was also the publisher of the first ever official Bond novel
following Fleming's death in 1964, when Kingsley Amis wrote Colonel Sun as
Robert Markham in 1968.Sir Kingsley William Amis,
CBE (16 April 1922 – 22 October 1995) was an English novelist, poet,
critic and teacher. He wrote more than twenty novels, three collections of
poetry, short stories, radio and television scripts, and books of social
and literary criticism. According to his biographer, Zachary Leader, Amis
was 'the finest British comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth
century'. He is the father of the English novelist Martin
Fleming's first Bond novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953. Since
then, the Bond books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
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James Bond 007 Museum
The 14 books, including two short story collections, will be relaunched
Sales are likely to be boosted by the release, in October, of Daniel
Craig's third 007 film Skyfall, which comes 50 years after the original
Bond film, Dr No.
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4. Thunderball 1965
Only Live Twice 1967
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