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Jeffery Deaver Writes New Bond Novel
Project X commissioned

28 May 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Guardian

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While the problems at MGM have thoroughly scuppered Bond 23 for the time being, fans of the superspy need not quite despair. There is methadone on the way to tide us over: the Ian Fleming estate has commissioned Jeffery Deaver to write a new James Bond novel.

Deaver is the huge-selling American crime-writer best known for his series of novels featuring the quadriplegic forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme. The first of them, The Bone Collector, was filmed with Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie in 1999.

The author won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for thriller writing in 2004, and it was the enthusiasm he displayed for Bond in his acceptance speech that attracted the Fleming estate's attention. His Bond novel, currently untitled and being referred to as Project X, will be set in the present day, and take in "three or four exotic locations."

Deaver, the second US author to write a Bond pastiche following a long series by Raymond Benson (others have been written by Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and most recently Sebastian Faulks), says the book will stay true to "the persona of James Bond as Fleming created him and the unique tone the author brought to his books" while also incorporating Deaver's own "literary trademarks: detailed research, fast pacing and surprise twists."

Sounds like he's getting more into it than Faulks who, even at the point of publication, was rather sniffy about the Fleming centenary Devil May Care project: knocking it out in six weeks as a technical exercise. That didn't stop it achieving the status of Penguin's fastest selling title ever though.

Project X will be published by Hodder, whose director of fiction Carolyn Mays says that, "If Bond fans know Jeffery and his work they won't have any qualms at all. He is American but he knows Fleming and Bond back to front, and he's also got a very European sensibility. I'm sure he will do a brilliant job and do Bond justice." 

Project X, whatever it turns out to be called, should be published in May 2011.

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Really not interested. If it was a period continuation I might be a little interested but the modern pap really doesn't do it for me. Then again, I read Devil May Care and it wasn't up to Fleming's Bond at all. I'll stick with the originals, I think. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 12:37 on 29 May 2010 | Report This Post

Excellent News...
The Lincoln Rhyme books are brilliant! More

Posted by wgfuzzydunlop1 at 19:13 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

RE: could someone (anyone) please buy MGM?
It can only be better than the Faulks novel, which is one of the worst books I have ever read. More

Posted by Felix at 14:52 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

could someone (anyone) please buy MGM?
Cuz we need Daniel Craig as Bond for at least 2 more films. If the financial problems go on too long people will start looking for someone else and then we'll be in dodgy territory. Craig IS Bond and the series needs his acting and action muscle - not the stupid CGI bilge of the Brosnan days. More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 10:10 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

Jeffery Deaver is one of my favourite authors and James Bond is one of my favourite characters - this is going to be amazing!! More

Posted by Kezabien at 09:36 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

Sebastian Faulks did the book in six weeks because that's exactly how Ian Fleming did it. I'm excited about this. If Bond can continue in films, he sure as hell can in books too. More

Posted by The Tingler at 09:10 on 28 May 2010 | Report This Post

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