Boyd to write next Bond novel

Boyd to write next Bond novel

Novelist William Boyd is to write the next James Bond book, with 007 set to return to a 1960s setting. The publisher will be Jonathan Cape.

The novel is yet to be titled, but will be published in autumn 2013 by Cape in the UK and Commonwealth and simultaneously by HarperCollins Publishers in the USA and Canada. Both acquired rights through Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown, on behalf of Ian Fleming Publications.

Jonathan Cape publisher Dan Franklin said: "It is fantastic that Bond is returning to Cape, his birthplace, and even more so that he will do so in the hands of William Boyd. I can't think of anyone better qualified."

Ian Fleming Publications m.d. Corinne Turner 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."

Boyd follows American thriller author Jeffrey Deaver and Birdsong author Sebastian Faulks in taking up the task. Deaver's Carte Blanche, which had a contemporary setting, was published by Hodder while Devil May Care by Faulks was a Penguin publication.