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Jeffery Deaver to pen new James Bond novel

Jeffery Deaver

Story by Jack Foley

JEFFERY Deaver has been chosen to pen a new James Bond book, which will be published in time to mark 007 creator Ian Fleming’s birthday on May 28, 2011.

The American author and acclaimed thriller writer follows in the footsteps of Britain’s Sebastian Faulks, whose Devil May Care was published in 2008 to mark the centenary of Fleming’s birth.

The new book, tentatively titled Project X, will be set in the present day and will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK.

Deaver, whose books include The Bone Collector (which was turned into a film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie in 1999), has called securing the assignment a “thrill”.

He added: “I can’t describe the thrill I felt when first approached by Ian Fleming’s estate to ask if I’d be interested in writing the next book in the James Bond series.”

He promised that Project X will “maintain the persona of James Bond as Fleming created him” as well as honouring the “unique tone the author brought to his books”.

The plot will unfold over a short period of time and take in three or four exotic locations around the globe.

Deaver is not such a surprise selection, given his previous admiration for the work of Ian Fleming.

In 2004, he won the Crime Writers’ Association’s Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for his book Garden of Beasts and even paid tribute to Fleming in his acceptance speech.

It was this that gave Corinne Turner, of Ian Fleming Publications, the idea that Deaver might be a worthy successor.