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New Bond author launches 'Solo'

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 01:24

Sep 25 - New James Bond book author, William Boyd, launches ''Solo'' and reveals he'd like Daniel Day Lewis as his 007. Edward Baran reports.

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With the luxurious Dorchester hotel, Vintage Jensen cars and glamorous female flight attendants, James Bond himself would have felt right at home for the launch of his new novel. British novelist William Boyd has written the new Bond story 'Solo' which sees the character on assignment in Africa. Boyd, who has already written two other spy novels, said he wasn't daunted by the challenge of taking on the hugely successful Bond brand. SOUNDBITE, William Boyd, author, saying (English): "Actually when you go back and read the Fleming novels there is a phenomenal amount of information about him, fascinating and banal, significant and minor. But I just mined the novels, Fleming's novels, for the information that I needed, so I felt quite confident, but if I hadn't written a spy novel, it would be a tall order." Boyd follows in the footsteps of other authors, including Kingsley Amis and Sebastian Faulks who have written Bond novels following the death of creator Ian Fleming who died in 1964. Fleming's niece, Lucy Fleming, said Boyd's creative talent combined with his meticulous research into her uncle's works meant he was a natural choice. SOUNDBITE, Lucy Fleming, Ian Fleming's niece, saying (English): 'Solo' is an excellent novel and one of which Ian would approve heartily," And should Hollywood come calling, the author's in no doubt as to his ideal choice of star SOUNDBITE, William Boyd, author, saying (English): "Daniel Day Lewis because I think Daniel Day Lewis actually resembles the Bond that Fleming describes." Solo is available in bookstores on September 26.

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New Bond author launches 'Solo'

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 01:24