Devil May Care (2008)
(Writing as Ian Fleming)
||28th May 2008
||Julius Gorner, Chagrin
||Bond must prevent Gorner from savaging England with
a flood of heroin, and rescue Scarlett's twine sister
Poppy from his clutches
||Poppy, Scarlett Papava (Larissa Rossi)
||M, Felix Leiter, Moneypenny
||London, UK; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Middle East
||Tennis match, airborne shootout, pliers torture sequence
Devil May Care is written by best selling author Sebastian
Faulks and is set in the Cold War. It will be published
by Penguin on 28th May 2008 to mark the centenary of
Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks will be published in
hardback by Penguin Books in the UK and its territories
(Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India and
Europe), and in the US it will be published by Doubleday.
Many of the publishers will be using this jacket.
Official Book Description
Bond is back with a license to thrill. Forty-three years ago, Ian Fleming wrote
his last great 007 adventure. Now, in Devil May Care, the world’s most
iconic spy returns in a Cold War story spanning the world’s exotic locations.
invitation of the Fleming estate to mark the centenary of his birth, acclaimed
Faulks picks up where Fleming left off, writing a tour
force that will electrify every James Bond fan. A fitting tribute to the Bond
tradition, Devil May Care stands on its own as a triumph of witty prose and
plenty of double-0 action.
"Devil May Care" was released simultaneously in the UK
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Paperback editions will be released
on May 28th 2009. Penguin will publish in the UK (cover
art opposite) for £7.99. The US will have
two paperback editions by Vintage (a subsidiary of
Random House): a trade paperback on
12th May for $14.95, and a mass market paperback on
19th May for $7.99. The trade paperback will also be released
in Canada on the same day as the US. The art for both editions
was unveiled in late November.
Above: 1st edition Penguin hardback
Hardback - Amazon UK
Hardback - Amazon USA
Above: Random House paperback
Mass Market Paperback - USA
An Algerian drug runner is savagely executed in the desolate outskirts of Paris.
This seemingly isolated event leads to the recall of Agent 007 from his sabbatical
in Rome and his return to the world of intrigue and danger where he is most at
home. The head of MI6, M, assigns him to shadow the mysterious Dr. Julius Gorner,
a power-crazed pharmaceutical magnate, whose wealth is exceeded only by his greed.
Gorner has lately taken a disquieting interest in opiate derivatives, both legal
and illegal, and this urgently bears looking into.
Bond finds a willing accomplice in the shape
of a glamorous Parisian named Scarlett Papava. He will need her
help in a life-and-death struggle with his most dangerous adversary
yet, as a chain of events threatens to lead to global catastrophe.
A British airliner goes missing over Iraq. The thunder of a coming
war echoes in the Middle East. And a tide of lethal narcotics
threatens to engulf a Great Britain in the throes of the social
upheavals of the late sixties.
Picking up where Ian Fleming left off, Sebastian
Faulks takes Bond back to the height of the Cold War–but
also shows Bond facing dangers with a powerful relevance to our
“One day, Bond, I will make as many
heroin addicts in Britain as Britain made in China. You’ll
become the third world country you deserve to be.” -- Villain
“In his house in
Jamaica, Ian Fleming used to write a thousand words in
the morning, then go snorkeling,
have a cocktail, lunch on the terrace, more diving, another
thousand words in the late afternoon, then more martinis
and glamorous women. In my house in London, I followed
this routine exactly, apart from the cocktails, the lunch,
and the snorkeling.”
“He has an ability to write convincingly in whichever
period or genre he chooses... .Sebastian couldn’t
have written a better book to celebrate Ian’s 100th
Corinne Turner, managing director of Ian
Fleming Publications Limited
About the Author
Sebastian Faulks worked as a journalist before taking
up writing full time in 1991. He is the author of ten
including Charlotte Gray and Birdsong, for which he was
voted author of the year by the British Book Awards.
Faulks has published eight books in the United States,
including the recently released Engleby. He lives in
do think the basic character has lasted and it is a combination
of vulnerability and ruthlessness. That is the key to his appeal
as an agent and a human being." - Sebastian Faulks on James
||May 28 - 1st edition Penguin 007 hardback (UK)
May 28 - 1st edition Doubleday hardback (USA)
||May 12 - 1st edition Vintage trade paperback (USA)
May 12 - 1st edition Vintage trade paperback (Canada)
May 19 - 1st edition Vintage mass-market paperback (USA)
May 28 - 1st edition Penguin paperback (UK)