Faulks to write new Bond book

Faulks to write new Bond book

<p>Sebastian Faulks has written a new James Bond novel to be published by Penguin in the UK and Doubleday in the US. The book, entitled <em>Devil May Care</em>, will be released to mark the centenary of Ian Fleming&#39;s birth--28th May 2008.</p><p>Faulks said: &quot;I was surprised but flattered to be asked by the Fleming Estate last summer if I would write a one-off Bond book for the Ian Fleming Centenary. I told them that I hadn&rsquo;t read the books since the age of 13, but if, when I re-read them, I still enjoyed them and could see how I might be able to do something in the same vein, then I would be happy to consider it. &nbsp;On re-reading, I was surprised by how well the books stood up.&quot;</p><p>Ian Fleming Publications Ltd announced in July 2006 that a new Bond book had been commissioned. Fleming&#39;s last Bond book, <em>Octopussy and the Living Daylights</em>, was published in 1966. <em>Devil May Care</em> is set in the Cold War and the action is played out across two continents, exotic locations and several of the world&#39;s most thrilling cities.</p><p>Faulks added: &quot;In his house in Jamaica, Ian Fleming used to write a thousand words in the morning, then go snorkelling, have a cocktail, lunch on the terrace, more diving, another thousand words in late afternoon, then more Martinis and glamorous women. In my house in London, I followed this routine exactly, apart from the cocktails, the lunch and the snorkelling.&quot;</p><p>The book is at the centre of a larger programme of celebratory events that will run throughout 2008. To mark the centenary, Penguin will be creating a special James Bond imprint, Penguin 007--within which <em>Devil May Care</em> will be published in May 2008, as well as launching a new website:<a href="http://www.penguin007.com" target="_blank" title="penguin007.com">www.penguin007.com</a>. Penguin UK publishes all 14 of Fleming&#39;s Bond novels, the Charlie Higson Young Bond series, as well as Fleming&#39;s children&#39;s classic <em>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang</em>.<br /><br />Faulks has written ten books, including eight novels, the most recent of which, <em>Engleby</em>, was published to widespread acclaim in May this year. Faulks remains with his usual publisher, Random House. He said: &quot;I am sure Penguin will do a great job with this book, but I would like to stress that Random House remain my publishers.&quot;<br /><br />Previous authors of official James Bond novels include Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Raymond Benson.</p>