The setting of the novel would be the end of the swinging ‘60s. Best selling British novelist William Boyd confirmed this recently that he would be writing another James Bond novel utilizing his knowledge of Cold War espionage.
The character of James Bond was created by Ian Fleming and has now become a wide phenomenon after being adopted in several popular movies.
Boyd has been offered by the Fleming state to write this novel, and this makes him the third novelist who has been offered to do so.
Previously, American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver wrote a James Bond novel with the name of Carte Blanche in 2011 while Sebastian Faulks had written Devil May Care in 2008. This later novel was published at the 100th birthday of Fleming.
William Boyd’s work has a wide range and includes various novels, short story collections, and several scripts for TV and movies.
His latest novel was Waiting for Sunrise and it came out in February.
His noteworthy novels include Any Human Heart, Restless and A Good Man in Africa while two short story collections are A Good Man in Africa and Brazzaville Beach.
According to Boyd, he himself never met Fleming but had a close acquaintance with someone who knew Fleming. He also put the character of Fleming in one of his novels.
He was quite inspired by both Fleming and Bond and happens to be enthusiastic about the project.
Although, as per the precedence, Boyd has sworn to keep the plot and name of the novel a secret, he has made it known that this novel would be a return to the classic style of 007 in which we would see him in his mid 40s and his adventure in late 60s. So far Boyd has declined to reveal any more details of the novel.
The writer said that he would be quite comfortable with the novel because of his earlier experience with the espionage-themed books and considerable amount of time he spent in London during the 60s.
The book would be published in theU.K.in late 2013 by Jonathan Cape. For the US market, it would be published by Harper Collins.