Saturday, September 1, 2007

YOUNG BOND 5 locations, release date, and more!

In my exclusive CBn Interview with author Charlie Higson, new revelations about Young Bond 5 have come to light.

Charlie has revealed that a portion of Book 5 will be set in The Alps. This was originally the location for Book 4, but after Double or Die, Charlie felt two winter adventures just didn’t feel right. So Young Bond 5 will now feature the skiing and mountain climbing action originally planned for Book 4.

The book will then move onto Eton as the story continues through the summer. “There’s a little bit of everything in Book 5,” says the author.

The plot of Young Bond 5 will involve German and Russian spies and will “burn a few bridges” according to Charlie. Of all his books, Charlie says this one will be the most “Bond-like” in themes and scoop.

Will we get any revelations about Bond’s parents death?

“Well, I have thought that about that a lot,” says Charlie, “Book Five is a lot about climbing in The Alps and obviously Bond's parents died in a climbing accident in the Alps. But I kind of decided early on that it might be a bit pat, a bit obvious, if, you know, they were spies or they got caught up in some plot and were bumped off. I think I'll just leave them quietly in their graves.”

As to the release date for the final Young Bond adventure, Charlie says the plan is to release the book in 2008 to coincide with the Centenary. Although he admits it may be “late 2008” as he is not yet finished with the book.

When asked about a working title, Charlie admitted that this final Young Bond novel doesn’t have one yet. “I thought of one the other day, but I forgot to write it down and now it’s gone.”

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