Here's something a little curious. I'm told that bookmakers Ladbrokes in the UK are taking bets on whether James Bond lives or dies in the new 007 novel
by William Boyd due out Sept. 26, 2013.
Maybe this is nothing. Bookmakers take bets on just about anything that can be bet on (or so I'm told). But would they really set up betting on something in which the outcome is 100% assured? Did they do this for other Bond books or films? Might Ladbrokes have some deep insider information on the new Bond novel?
Has IFP given William Boyd permission of kill off James Bond!?
Of course, Bond could always "die" as he did in From Russia With Love
and You Only Live Twice
. But maybe there's something much, much larger in the works here. We were all surprised when, after the much-hyped reboot of Carte Blanche,
IFP announced that this new novel would be set back in 1969. Could this be because the plan is to now end the "classic Bond" timeline? Might IFP now go back and do more Young Bond novels (as has been rumored) and/or leap ahead and continue on with the new Carte Blanche
timeline? Might Ian Fleming's James Bond never see 1970?
Of course, this would mean the Pearson/Wood/Gardner/Benson novels exist in their own unique timeline, which would be fine because I think most fans agree these books were in a separate universe anyway.
This would certainly be a bold and provocative move by IFP. But they are known for making bold and provocative moves with the literary Bond franchise lately. It would also be a way to make the Boyd novel yet another "event" book.
Yes, I think this is just crazy enough to be conceivable. Do you?
Place your bets...
Boyd's Bond will be released by Jonathan Cape in the UK on September 26, 2013 (Amazon.co.uk) and by HarperCollins in the U.S. on October 8, 2013 (Amazon.com).