This major nugget of news appeared in The Independent's report on the selection of William Boyd to write the next James Bond novel. At the end of the article it says:
It is the latest part of an ambitious programme for 007 from Fleming’s estate, which hopes to encourage more heavy-hitting authors to try their hand at writing Bond.
It is currently searching for an author to write more Young Bond books after the initial five-strong series, written by The Fast Show’s Charlie Higson, proved hugely successful.
Matt Weston over at the CBn forums asked Charlie Higson via Twitter if this was true. Charlie responded:
So who will be the new Young Bond author? Let the speculation begin.
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