William Boyd to write “classic” James Bond novel

The Any Human Heart author has promised a return to 007’s 1960s roots

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William Boyd to write “classic” James Bond novel
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Paul Jones

Best-selling author William Boyd is to write a new 007 novel set in the 1960s, which he says will mark a return to “classic Bond”.

“When the Ian Fleming estate invited me to write the new James Bond novel I accepted at once,” said Boyd. "For me the prospect appeared incredibly exciting and stimulating - a once-in-a-lifetime challenge.

“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,” he added.

Boyd, 60, is perhaps best known for his novel about a writer, Any Human Heart - which was adapted for TV by Channel 4 in 2010 – but his most recent book, Waiting for Sunrise, is an espionage thriller and he has been compared with Bond creator Ian Fleming himself.

Corinne Turner, managing director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, said: “William Boyd is a contemporary English writer whose classic novels combine literary elements with a broad appeal.

“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.”

Fleming wrote 14 Bond novels, published between 1953 and 1966, with Kingsley Amis (writing under the pen name Robert Markham) the first to continue the Bond legacy after Fleming's death.

Sebastian Faulks and Jeffery Deaver are the most recent writers to tackle Bond, having released novels Devil May Care and Carte Blanche in 2008 and 2011, respectively.

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