Writer William Boyd will be penning a new Bond novel, which is scheduled to come out this September in the UK (published by Jonathan Cape) and early October in the US and Canada (released by HarperCollins). Boyd was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his 1982 novel “An Ice-Cream War.”
Any other information on a title or plot details is being kept secret for now.
Taking on a Bond novel is a “fantastic, exciting challenge,” Boyd told Reuters.
The author had criticized how some adaptations had handled the spy in the past during an interview with Radio Times in December.
“In the films Bond is a cartoon character,” Boyd said. “But in the novels he is far more troubled, nuanced and interesting... Bond’s father was Scottish and his mother was Swiss so he didn’t have a drop of English blood in him. He’s not the suave Roger Moore-type English toff at all.”
Boyd, who was asked to pen his Bond novel by the Fleming estate, is only the most recent author requested to take on spy-writing duties. After Fleming died in 1964, authors including Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Raymond Benson have written new Bond works for the Fleming estate. “Birdsong” writer Sebastian Faulks published one in 2008 titled “Devil May Care,” while writer Jeffery Deaver of the Lincoln Rhyme series wrote “Carte Blanche” in 2011.
“Skyfall,” the newest Bond movie, became the highest-grossing movie in the series last year and was also well-received critically, currently holding a grade of 81 on the review aggregate site Metacritic.