The Book Bond learned today that Ian Fleming Publications is not planning to novelize the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, which also celebrates 50 years of James Bond on screen. John Cox at the Book Bond learns this directly from Corinne Turner, MD of Ian Fleming Publications.
The last novelization of a film was Die Another Day but prior to this three film hiatus, the duties were carried out by the incumbent 007 author, John Gardner or Raymond Benson.
As IFP doesn’t appear to have anyone on contract, we guess it is not too surprising that Bond won’t be back in a new literary adventure this year… but Fleming’s 14 novels will be reprinted by Vintage.
About Skyfall – James Bond 23 (2012)
The new Bond movie will star Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Judi Dench, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The 007 screenplay will be written by regular James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, working with John Logan (Gladiator & The Last Samurai). Director of American Beauty and Road To Perdition, Sam Mendes will be directing the new James Bond movie. MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment in a joint statement on 2nd June 2011 announced that “Bond 23″ will go on release in the UK on Friday, 26th October, 2012 and in the USA on 9th November 2012. The first major announcement from EON Productions and Sony Pictures came on 3rd November 2011 in London when the principle cast was announced, along with a rough plot line. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.