The name is Boyd. William Boyd. And he has been granted a license to pen the next "chapter" in the James Bond book universe.
The British novelist becomes the latest in the line of writers who have authored James Bond novels in the years since Ian Fleming. Mind you, Boyd is no stranger to Fleming, having used the James Bond creator in his novel Any Human Heart (2002).
“When the Ian Fleming estate invited me to write the new James Bond novel I didn't hesitate. I accepted at once. For me the prospect appeared incredibly exciting and stimulating - a once-in-a-lifetime challenge,” Boyd is quoted as saying by ITV. “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.”
By the sounds of things, Boyd is returning Bond to his roots. Specifics regarding the storyline haven’t been announced, except that it will be set in 1969. The book is expected out in the fall of 2013 and coincides with the 60th anniversary of the first James Bond adventure, Casino Royale.
Fleming wrote 11 additional 007 adventures and featured the British superspy in two short-story collections. Over 100 million titles have sold worldwide and have been a movie staple for six decades. In total, 22 Bond films have entertained us through the years and the 23rd, Skyfall, is due in theatres in October 2012.
Boyd has written 11 novels, several short-story collections and is also an accomplished and well-regarded screenwriter. In fact, he has worked with Bond portrayers Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. Boyd finds the connection hard to resist.
“The idea that these somewhat random connections with Fleming and Bond should culminate in my writing a new James Bond novel is irresistibly appealing," he says.
Let’s hope Boyd can capture the essence of the MI6 spy better than the writer of the latest Bond novel. I must admit that the only non-Fleming Bond novel I’ve read was Colonel Sun, written by Kingsley Amis (as Robert Markham) in 1968 and the first published after Fleming’s death in 1964. Amis had written several books on James Bond prior to being selected by Gilrose Productions, now known as Ian Fleming Publications, to pen the first Bond title after the death of its creator. My return to the Bond universe took place recently when I read Carte Blanche, by Jeffery Deaver.
Deaver failed to capture my Bond imagination. It wasn’t the fact that Carte Blanche is set post-9/11 and Bond no longer works at MI6, but is now with a new arm of British Intelligence. I just never pictured Jeffery’s Bond as THE James Bond. I am not saying that Carte Blanche wasn’t a good read, because it was. But I couldn’t help but see the protagonist of the as some other JB. It could have been Jason Bourne, perhaps, rather than James Bond. But that’s just my opinion. And I could be wrong.
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