Author William Boyd has teased the first plot details
about his upcoming James Bond continuation novel
due out next year...
Back To 1969
2nd December 2012
Author William Boyd has given the first hints
to the storyline of his upcoming James Bond continuation novel, announced
earlier this year by Ian Fleming Publications.
In a wider interview about his new two-part
adaptation of his thriller 'Restless', which covers British
efforts to sway US opinion in to intervening in World War II,
Times got in a couple of questions about his next assignment:
You're working on the new James Bond novel.
Can you tell us anything about it?
I am being annoyingly tight-lipped. It's 1969 and Bond is 45
years old. This is not the young hotshot spy anymore, this is
a man who's maybe not quite as limber or confident as he was
in 1953. There's no mountains full of atom bombs or a bubonic
plague that will destroy the world. It's an ordinary mission
for a middle-aged spy that goes hideously wrong.
Did you get a lot of leeway in terms of the story?
You have total freedom. There's no point in
asking somebody like me or ['Devil
May Care' author] Sebastian Faulks
to write a Bond novel if you then say "You have to do this." There
are certain boxes you have to tick, but within those relatively
few parameters you're free to invent your own story. That's one
reason I went back to read all the novels again. In those novels
was a lot of information about Bond and his tastes, his moods,
his dark side. So that's what I've really plundered the novels
for rather than cars with ejector seats.
"Restless" airs on the Sundance Channel
in the USA at 8 p.m on Friday 7th December (Part 1) and Friday
14th December (Part 2).