The next James Bond novel, penned by Jeffery Deaver,
will be called Carte Blanche - plus cover art revealed!
Carte Blanche Unveiled
17th January 2011
The new James Bond book, due to be published
later this year and written by best-selling thriller writer
is to be called Carte Blanche. Its title and cover artwork
are unveiled today (Monday 17th January), at a special
launch event at the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai.
It was previously known under the moniker "Project
Like Fleming, Jeffery Deaver takes inspiration
from exotic locations around the world, and after visiting
Dubai for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature last
year he decided to set part of Carte Blanche in the United
Arab Emirates City.
Carte Blanche is due to be published by Hodder and Stoughton
in the UK, a few days before Fleming’s birthday, on
26th May 2011. It has been commissioned by Ian Fleming Publications
Jeffery Deaver comments, “I’m really excited
about being back in Dubai. It is an inspirational and awe-inspiring
city and makes a perfect Bond location—especially for
a novel that pushes our hero to new extremes.”
Regarding the book's title, Deaver added, “In the
world of espionage, giving an agent carte blanche on a mission
comes with an enormous amount of trust and constantly tests
both personal and professional judgement. Part of the nonstop
suspense in the novel is the looming question of what is
acceptable in matters of national and international security.
Are there lines that even James Bond should not cross?”
Above: Author Jeffery Deaver poses with mock-up books featuring
the cover artwork. Deaver is still to comlpete the transcript.
Unlike the most recent James Bond book, Sebastian Faulks’ period
piece Devil May Care, Jeffery Deaver’s Bond will have
a contemporary setting. As part of his latest assignment, the
modern-day secret agent travels with Emirates Airline and spends
a number of thrilling hours in Dubai both meeting up with an
old friend and tracking a very disturbing villain.
The novel’s setting encompasses Deira and Port Saeed,
and the history of the Emirates provides an exciting backdrop
for some heart-stopping action. Bond is renowned for visiting
the most exotic and glamorous of cities and this is the first
time Dubai has featured in
a James Bond novel.
Jeffery Deaver will be making a special appearance at Emirates
Airline Festival of Literature, on Tuesday 18th January, when
he will be speaking about his love of Bond and his experience
of writing Carte Blanche.
Carte Blanche also features Fleming’s favourite car – a
Bentley. Historically, Bond owned three Bentley cars in the
course of the fourteen original novels written by Ian Fleming
and, bringing the plot completely up to date, Bond drives
a Bentley Continental GT in the new book.
"Carte Blanche" by Jeffery Deaver will be published
on May 26, 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and by
Simon & Schuster in the US on June 14th, 2011.