William Boyd takes James Bond back to 1960s in new 007 novel
Booker-nominated author 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.
Sales 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 Bond books.