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Old August 25 2010, 01:15 AM   #1
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New Bond novel by Jeffrey Deaver coming in 2011

This was actually announced back in May but it seems to have slipped under a lot of radars, including mine (and I did a TrekBBS search and found nothing on this). Ian Fleming Publications has announced that Jeffrey Deaver has been commissioned to write a new Bond novel (currently under the working title Project X) for publication in 2011:

http://www.mi6.co.uk/sections/articl...mi6&s=literary

The movies might be dead, but the books live on!

I just hope it's a better book than Sebestian Faulks' Bond novel of a couple years back. It was OK, but on the whole a bit dull, I thought.

This was a pleasant surprise because I was under the impression there weren't likely to be any more Bond novels for a while (not counting Charlie Higson's Young Bond series). I hope they stick with this idea of commissioning well known authors to do one-off books. Too bad Stieg Larsson isn't around anymore.

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Old August 25 2010, 01:35 AM   #2
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Re: New Bond novel by Jeffrey Deaver coming in 2011

So, does this mean Bond will be in a wheelchair? (Actually, since in terms of real-world time Bond is now 83 years old, this is appropos).
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Old August 25 2010, 12:10 PM   #3
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Re: New Bond novel by Jeffrey Deaver coming in 2011

No, Bond in Deaver's book apparently was born in 1980.

It should be better than Faulks' - Deaver's my favourite thriller writer. Though I do wish it was still a period piece (Deaver has done that before, with Garden Of Beasts)
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Old August 25 2010, 12:23 PM   #4
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Re: New Bond novel by Jeffrey Deaver coming in 2011

Chalk up someone else not overly impressed with Faulks book. Using the Ekranoplan was cool but on the whole he just seemed to want to homage as many Fleming moments as possible without giving us much new.
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Old August 25 2010, 03:34 PM   #5
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Re: New Bond novel by Jeffrey Deaver coming in 2011

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No, Bond in Deaver's book apparently was born in 1980.

It should be better than Faulks' - Deaver's my favourite thriller writer. Though I do wish it was still a period piece (Deaver has done that before, with Garden Of Beasts)
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I love Deaver's stuff and I can only imagine how well it will be received as Deaver has never written anything that bombed. I am still waiting to read his latest Rhyme novel.

It will certainly be interesting to see how he uses Fleming's Bond back story if he does in any way. Faulks was the wrong choice, too highbrow. Deaver is a thriller writer so this will probably be the best Bond book ever written (perhaps even those by Fleming).
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Old August 25 2010, 03:38 PM   #6
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Re: New Bond novel by Jeffrey Deaver coming in 2011

Glad to have an adult Bond back.
I skipped the Higgens novels. I read and enjoyed all 6 of the full length original Benson novels.

Hope the new guy delivers as well. Thanks for posting this news!!
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Old August 25 2010, 05:05 PM   #7
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I thought I'd remembered hearing about this here before, but I'm interested. I generally like the other Deaver books I've read, so I'll check this out
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Old August 26 2010, 03:57 PM   #8
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Re: New Bond novel by Jeffrey Deaver coming in 2011

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So, does this mean Bond will be in a wheelchair? (Actually, since in terms of real-world time Bond is now 83 years old, this is appropos).
Nah. Except for the Faulks novel which was set after the Fleming books in the 1960s, most of the dozens of other Bond novels by Gardner and Benson have been set modern-day with Bond moved up accordingly (same as was the case with the Dalton, Brosnan and Craig movies). Apparently Deaver's book is following the same path (though having Bond born in 1980 as suggested above sounds a bit much - maybe 1975 or 1970 is more likely).

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Glad to have an adult Bond back.
I skipped the Higgens novels.
Although I agree it's good to see adult Bond being featured again, the Higson "Young Bond" novels are actually worth checking out because unlike the infamous "James Bond Jr" series, these are actually full-out prequels to the Fleming novels and like a lot of "young adult" fiction these days are basically adult novels marketed to younger readers. One of the books apparently was censored for its American edition to delete sexual content for example.

In the wake of Harry Potter (which are very mature novels), the Gossip Girl series (not my cup of tea but I've flipped through one and saw stuff just as sexually explicit as I recall seeing in the infamous banned novel Tropic of Cancer), The Hunger Games (which is basically a variant, and just as violent apparently, as Battle Royale), Phil Pullman's politically charged His Dark Materials, and even Twilight, I've learned to stop turning my nose up at the so-called "young adult" fiction published in the last 10 years. Although there are far too many "young wizard" and "young vampire" novels out there (someone put a moratorium on them, please!), the sophistication is light years beyond the "youth fiction" I remember reading when I was a teenager and younger.

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Old August 27 2010, 03:20 AM   #9
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Although I agree it's good to see adult Bond being featured again, the Higson "Young Bond" novels are actually worth checking out because unlike the infamous "James Bond Jr" series, these are actually full-out prequels to the Fleming novels and like a lot of "young adult" fiction these days are basically adult novels marketed to younger readers. One of the books apparently was censored for its American edition to delete sexual content for example.
Arggh. That's annoying to hear. Let me have the sexuality from the Brit version, I can take it!

Speaking of American editions of Bond novels, has anyone heard anything about the second and third Moneypenny Diaries books being released stateside? I liked the first one a lot.
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Old August 27 2010, 02:08 PM   #10
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I saw him interviewed about it when I was in Glasgow last month. I've never read a Deaver book but will pick this one up.

I'd really like to see Lee Child do a Bond book.
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Old August 27 2010, 04:25 PM   #11
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I've not read much of anything besides Fleming's originals... Do these books follow his lead with the character, or are they more along the lines of the movie-universe Bond?
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Old August 27 2010, 09:53 PM   #12
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The novel will maintain the persona of James Bond as Fleming created him and the unique tone the author brought to his books, while incorporating my own literary trademarks: detailed research, fast pacing and surprise twists.”
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Old August 28 2010, 01:37 AM   #13
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There are Bond novels written by people other than Ian Fleming?

Well.. there goes the neighborhood. First it's Dune after Frank died and now Bond
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Old August 28 2010, 03:54 AM   #14
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There are Bond novels written by people other than Ian Fleming?

Well.. there goes the neighborhood. First it's Dune after Frank died and now Bond
Actually, there have been Fleming-less Bond novels on the market since 1981.

Personally, I've only read the Fleming and John Gardener books. Do the Benson books acknowledge the Gardener books, or did he "re-boot"?
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Old August 28 2010, 04:03 AM   #15
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Re: New Bond novel by Jeffrey Deaver coming in 2011

Not a fan of the Faulks novel either, though I loved the title. Devil May Care was very Bondesque. I wish they would use it for a future film, though perhaps not base it on the novel's source material or tweak it a bit. Gorner was an okay villain.
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