Monday, January 17, 2011

James Bond roaring back in a Bentley

Along with the reveal yesterday of the title and cover art for the new 007 novel, Carte Blanche, came news that Jeffrey Deaver's rebooted James Bond for the 21st Century will be driving a Bentley Continental GT.

The new James Bond car

This is in keeping with the tradition of the literary James Bond. Bond drove three different Bentley's in the course of the 14 original Ian Fleming novels. The Bentley also appeared in the first James Bond continuation novel, Colonel Sun (1968). Bond upgrade to a Bentley Muslane Turbo in the fourth John Gardner book, Role of Honor (1984), which also appeared in Raymond Benson's second book, The Facts of Death (1998). Recently the original Bentley returned in the Young Bond novels by Charlie Higson, as well as Sebastian Faulks 2008 Bond adventure, Devil May Care.

It's a terrific choice, in my opinion. One that updates Bond while still keeping continuity with Ian Fleming.

Carte Blanche will be published in the UK on May 26 and in the U.S. on June 14, 2011.

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