Anthony Horowitz will write his third official James Bond novel, to be published by Jonathan Cape in 2022.
Publishing director Michal Shavit acquired UK and Commonwealth, EU and audio rights to the currently untitled new Bond novel from Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown, on behalf of Ian Fleming Publications.
Horowitz is the fourth author in recent years to be invited by Ian Fleming Publications to write an official Bond novel, and the only one to have been invited back to write successive ones. Trigger Mortis (Orion) was published in 2015, followed by Forever and a Day (Jonathan Cape) in 2018.
Other authors include William Boyd, whose book, Solo (Vintage), was published in 2013, the American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver's Carte Blanche (Hodder & Stoughton), published in 2011, and Sebastian Faulks' Devil May Care (Penguin), which was published to mark Ian Fleming’s centenary in 2008.
Horowitz said: "I am very excited to have started my third Bond novel with the continuing support of the Ian Fleming estate. Forever and a Day looked at Bond’s first assignment. Trigger Mortis was mid-career. The new book begins with the death of Scaramanga and Bond’s return from Jamaica to confront an old enemy."
Corinne Turner, managing director of Ian Fleming Publications, added: "We're delighted and excited that Anthony has started his third Bond novel. From the nuggets we’ve seen so far, we are confident it will be another bestselling episode in the adventures of 007."
Shavit commented: "We are incredibly excited to be announcing the news on Ian Fleming’s birthday that we have a new James Bond novel by Anthony to look forward to next year. We can’t wait to share more details with readers of the iconic spy’s latest adventure under Anthony’s masterful tenure."