During his recent US book tour (promoting The Burning Wire), newly minted James Bond continuation author Jeffery Deaver revealed some choice new information about his upcoming Bond novel codenamed Project X.
First off, Deaver’s 007 will be a young Bond. Deaver confirmed that Project X will be a contemporary “reboot” and will feature a James Bond somewhere around 28-30 years of age. “We haven’t exactly settled on an age yet,” he says. Born in the 1980s, Bond will be a veteran of the Afghan War (Operation Herrick) and part of an elite new double-oh section which specialized in assassination and whose agents are disavowed if ever compromised. Fans on the CBn forums have tagged this new Bond, "XBond."
But Deaver took pains to point out that while this is a new, younger James Bond, he will still be very much the complex and somewhat dark character created by Ian Fleming.
Deaver revealed the story will span 4 or 5 days and will retain classic elements including M (who will be male again), Miss Moneypenny, and Mary Goodnight. Bond will still have a housekeeper, although it will not be the Scottish May (Deaver hinted at a Pakistani or Indian nationality). Also, prompted by my question, Deaver assures that the book will be spiced up with some nice Flemingesque sex.
Currently there is no title, but Deaver says he’s come up with a list of some 45 titles to choose from. He hinted that the title would refer specifically to the object of Bond’s investigation, so it doesn’t sound like we’ll get a generic Bond title like Devil May Care (although with 45 selections there must certainly a few generics in there, so it’s a little early to say for sure).
While the official Project X countdown clock shows a May 28, 2011 release date (Ian Fleming’s birthday), Deaver noted that this is a Saturday, so it’s not certain whether the book will be released on that exact day.
Deaver said he and IFP have some nice web-based promotions planned (currently there is a teaser on the Project X website promising a “one-of-a-kind event”), so keep checking The Book Bond for the latest breaking news on Project X.
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At a book signing in Los Angeles today, newly minted Bond author Jeffery Deaver revealed that he has list of 45 possible titles for his Bond novel currently known as "Project X."
Devear says he and IFP are seeking a title that works for the book and also echoes the great Bondian titles of Ian Fleming.
He also pointed out that because May 28, 2011 is on Saturday, chances are Project X will not be released on that precise day, but sometime around that date. May 28 is Ian Fleming's birthday and currently the official Project X countdown clock due date.
Dr. Shatterhand's Botanical Garden has posted a terrific video interview with new Bond continuation novelist Jeffery Deaver from his book signing in Virginia this week. Deaver reveals some major new details about his new Bond novel codenamed Project X. In fact, these details could be considered SPOILERS for those who want to stay 100% pure.
The paperback edition of Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier is released today in the UK by Puffin Books.
Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier is the complete and definitive guide to the world and adventures of Young Bond. Packed with information, illustrations, and a brand-new adventure by Charlie Higson, A Hard Man To Kill, this book is both a must-have for Young Bond fans and a perfect introduction to the megaselling series.
Also released today is the paperback edition of Charlie Higson's non-Bond horror novel, The Enemy.