William Boyd reveals precious little to the NYT about 'Solo'
After reviewing Henning Mankell's new novel 'A Treacherous Paradise' for The New York Times
at the weekend, the paper tried to extract some information from the author about his upcoming James Bond continuation novel, 'Solo'. They were not very successful.
From the earlier press release it's known that itâs set in 1969, when Bond is 45, and includes a âcompletely unauthorizedâ and vengeful trip to the United States after a mission in Africa goes awry.
When pressed to share at least one more detail, Boyd said that Fleming had his hero living in a flat just a few hundred yards from Boydâs home in Wellington Square, in the Chelsea section of London. âIt would therefore be very surprising if, in my own Bond novel, there wasnât a fair bit about living in Chelsea in 1969, wouldnât you say?â
Speaking in more general terms about the job of taking on the character and penning his own adventure, Boyd said: âThe thrill of reading them was almost illicit â they seemed so glamorous and daring,â he told the paper in an e-mail interview. âThe feeling I experienced was that you were being given access to a world known and enjoyed by a very, very few. The âmembers onlyâ sign had been removed.â
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