Monday, April 18, 2011

The HMSS Interview With Jeffrey Deaver, Author Of The New James Bond Continuation Novel, Carte Blanche

The HMSS weblog offers a good interview with Jeffrey Deaver, the crime writer selected by the late Ian Fleming's family to write the new James Bond continuation novel.

The HMSS editors write:

We were intrigued to learn, in May of last year, that the next official James Bond novelist would be American (and Chicago’s own!) crime writer Jeffrey Deaver. Best known for his Lincoln Rhyme detective series (its first entry, The Bone Collector , was filmed in 1999 with Denzel Washington as the quadriplegic detective), and his Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award-winning World War II thriller Garden of Beasts, he may have been viewed as a surprise choice for the assignment. But the author of these brainy mysteries also has a personal fondness for scuba diving, skiing, fast cars, and guns, as well as having started his career as a journalist. Sound like anybody we know?

 “The novel [now titled Carte Blanche - ed.] will maintain the persona of James Bond as Fleming created him and the unique tone the author brought to his books, while incorporating my own literary trademarks: detailed research, fast pacing and surprise twists,” Deaver tells us, and we’re looking forward to see how he does it.

 You can read the interview via the below link:

I'm not fond of continuation novels, as writers like Ian Fleming have an individual and unique voice, but I'm pleased that a thriller writer was selected to write the new Bond continuation novel, rather than a literary novelist-gun-for-hire.

I reviewed the last Bond continuation novel, Devil May Care, for The Philadelphia Inquirer. I noted that author Sebastian Faulks did not write, or even read, thrillers. And when I interviewed Fergus Fleming, Ian Fleming's nephew and a director of Ian Fleming Publications, a while ago, I suggested that Frederick Forsyth would be the ideal writer.

You can read my review of  Devil May Care via the below links:

You can also read my interview with Fergus Fleming via the below link:

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