Dossiers issued in May, 2010

Ian Fleming Publications announces Jeffery Deaver as new Bond author

Whilst this is not strictly Bond 23 news, 007 fans will no doubt be pleased to note that they have a new continuation James Bond novel to look forward to. Project X is expected on 28th May 2011 – one year from today.

Press Release

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd has chosen international bestselling thriller writer, Jeffery Deaver, to write a new James Bond book. The novel, currently known as Project X, will be published one year from today for Ian Fleming’s birthday – May 28, 2011. It will be published by Jeffery Deaver’s publishers Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and Simon & Schuster in the US.

Jeffery Deaver has written 26 novels and sold more than 20 million books worldwide. His books have topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and he has been described as ‘the most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world’ (Daily Telegraph) and ‘the master of ticking-bomb suspense’ (People magazine). In 2004, Deaver won the Crime Writers’ Association’s Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for his book Garden of Beasts. In his acceptance speech he talked about his life-long admiration of Fleming’s writing.

007 came to life fully-formed in 1952 when Ian Fleming wrote Casino Royale. Since then over 100 million James Bond books have sold worldwide.

Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, was in the audience. She explains, ‘I’d always enjoyed Jeffery Deaver’s thrillers, but I particularly liked Garden of Beasts: it demonstrated that he was not only a master of the contemporary American thriller but could also write compelling novels of period suspense within a European setting. I didn’t know anything about the author himself and expected a fairly low key response from him when he received our award. ‘I was surprised and delighted when he spoke very fondly of Ian and about the influence that the Bond books had had on his own writing career. It was at that point that I first thought that James Bond could have an interesting adventure in Jeffery Deaver’s hands.’

Deaver comments, ‘I can’t describe the thrill I felt when first approached by Ian Fleming’s estate to ask if I’d be interested in writing the next book in the James Bond series. I began reading them when I was about nine or ten, ignorant of the Cold War politics they explored but enthralled by their sense of adventure and derring-do. I continued to read and reread them, which was fortunate because as a teen and adult I found, of course, nuances, that were invisible to a child.’

He continues, ‘The Bond books were important parts of my life – both literarily and personally. They appealed to me as wonderful stories but they also stood as singular examples of a thriller writer’s craft. I learned, through osmosis as well as design, much technique from Mr. Fleming’s work; compactness, attention to detail, heroic though flawed characters, fast-pacing, concrete imagery and straight-forward prose.’

Unlike Sebastian Faulks’ centenary novel, Devil May Care, Project X will be set in the present day. Jeffery Deaver has started work on the book and his title is yet to be revealed.

David Rosenthal, Executive vice-president and Publisher of Simon & Schuster, comments, “For Simon & Schuster, Deaver and Bond are a peerless combination: clever, suspenseful and sophisticated. Jeff Deaver will produce a popular entertainment of the highest order.”

Project X by Jeffery Deaver will be published on May 28, 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and by Simon & Schuster in the US. All Jeffery Deaver’s books have been published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton and in the US by Simon & Schuster and Penguin. In the US, Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, publishes the paperback editions of Jeffrey Deaver’s books and will also publish Project X in paperback.

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Build Your Own Bond 23 – Nominate an Exotic Location

Calling all Bond fans. Whilst we wait for the promised new James Bond movie, Bond23.net will be running a “build your own Bond film” series, right here, online.

Every month we will take a selection from fans about an element you’d like to see in a Bond film, collect nominations, select some finalists and open it up to a world-wide vote.

At the end of each set period Bond23.net will announce a mystery element of the next Bond film.

It’s easy – here’s all you have to do.

Write to vote@bond23.net with the category in your email title. In the email you can describe your dream scenario, location, villains quirk, Bond girl etc. Every month we’ll announce a new category for nomination and launch a poll for voting on the finalist of the category prior.

UPDATE: To clarify, you may nominate as many or few locations as you desire, there is no limit to nominations. When we come to vote, you will only be allowed to vote once.

To kick us off, the category will be….

Exotic Locations

So send us an email with your ultimate exotic location for Bond 23. We’ll collate the results and the most popular suggestions will make the finalists!

To get us started here’s some inspiration:

Remember to write to us with your nominations – it will only take a second.

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Composer David Arnold on his future bonding with 007

The petrol heads over at motoring ezine skiddmark recently conducted a comprehensive interview with Mr David Arnold, music composer for James Bond. Within the interview the composer gave some hints to his future involvement in the new James Bond movie, Bond 23. When asked if he was returning to score the new Bond film (currently on hiatus), Arnold reportedly replied:

“I would never presume anything, but I would be surprised if I wasn’t but prepared not to be just in case it happens! I mean, I don’t know when the next one’s going to be, we were supposed to be doing it next year but obviously we have to wait for the situation with MGM to settle down, so I think it’ll probably be the year after. Certainly we’ve been talking about it with that in mind – that I’d be doing it – and I’m still involved with other things with EON anyway, for example I’m in talks to do some things for the 50th anniversary…”

Arnold has recently produced a studio album for 3-time Bond song-mistress Shirley Bassey, dubbed (excuse the pun, Dame Shirley) The Performance.

Read the complete David Arnold interview over at Skiddmark.

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British Baddie Mark Strong puts his name in the James Bond villain’s hat

The London-born actor that has shot to stardom playing villains in recent times has suggested he would be willing to take on James Bond next – possibly in the new James Bond movie, the yet-titled Bond 23.

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Aston Martin One-77: James Bond’s new car, suggests The Sun.

British paper, The Sun has stunning new pictures of Aston Martin’s latest offering.

The Aston was unveiled on a race from London to Silverstone race circuit in Northamptonshire.

Under the hood is a 7-litre V12 engine, which produces around 700bhp. The car will cost over £1 million (over $1.4 US).

The reporters say: “The One-77, which is the first production-ready example made by Aston, will undoubtedly be Bond’s car when Daniel Craig appears in the next flick.”

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