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The slick, exquisite, quick-witted and virile spy James Bond, who is given a license to kill, has been rebooted and adapted to the 21st century. Of course, 007 will have his dry martinis “shaken, not stirred.”
Jeffery Deaver, author of “The Bone Collector” and “Edge,” a former attorney and journalist, helped celebrate the Canadian launch of “Carte Blanche” at the Indigo Books & Music in the Manulife Centre located in midtown Toronto.
The store event had Bond girl lookalikes, a roulette table, which Deaver participated in, and a stand of mock martinis. The James Bond theme and the films’ soundtracks accompanied the evening.
“We didn’t want this happenstance,” Deaver said, while paraphrasing a quote from “Goldfinger.” “Meeting the same person twice is coincidence. Meeting that same person three times, under unexpected circumstances, is enemy action. This, with a little more paraphrase, describes how I came how to write the James Bond novel.”
Ian Fleming’s estate gave Deaver the permission to update Bond in the new book “Carte Blanche.” In this latest spy novel, Bond must stop a terrorist attack that can potentially inflict harm on thousands.
Many of the same characters are still involved in the reboot, including M, the head of the Secret Intelligence Service, Miss Moneypenny, M’s personal assistant, and Bond’s CIA counterpart, Felix Leiter.
Bond will look the same as Fleming described him; dark hair, blue eyes, six feet and 170 pounds. He will drive the Bentley Continental GT, which was one of the original Bond vehicles and not the Aston Martin.
There are some minor revisions, though.
Deaver stated that in the Bond novels, the protagonist didn’t drink too many martinis. Instead, he will now drink American Bourbon. Furthermore, instead of serving as a WWII veteran in the Royal Naval Reserve, Bond will have fought in Afghanistan.
The book was kept under wraps for quite some time, which led to tremendous buzz. Last month, the publishing company held an invite-only event in London. Deaver arrived to the event in a Bentley with the “Carte Blanche” label. The bestselling author was accompanied by stuntwoman and model, Chesca Miles.
The Ian Fleming estate has not yet confirmed if whether or not Deaving will write another book. No motion picture option has been announced.