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James Bond To Return In 'Devil May Care' By Sebastian Faulks


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#1 zencat

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 11:07 PM

Now on the CBn main page...



Centenary novel title and author revealed

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'Devil May Care' set in 1967 when 'Bond is damaged...'

-----UPDATE-----



A new James Bond imprint, website, and more

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'He will find himself completely immersed in the world of Bond...'

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Plus, US paperback edition coming in 2009

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Counting down to 28 May 2008...


New York (AP)

#2 Royal Dalton

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 11:42 PM

:cooltongue:

It's great to see they've given it to such a well-respected author.

#3 ACE

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 11:51 PM

Fantastic choice, fantastic title and fantastic news!

#4 K1Bond007

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 11:55 PM

Never read any of his books. I like the title though. Far better than the Young Bond titles thus far if you ask me.

:angry: Good report Zen.. :cooltongue:

#5 HildebrandRarity

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 11:58 PM

Fantastic choice, fantastic title and fantastic news!


Did you know this in advance, ACE?

#6 Sbott

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 12:07 AM

This is fantastic news - a great choice

#7 triviachamp

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 12:11 AM

Can't say I am surprised about the Cold War Setting.

I hope this feels like a "real" book as supposed to a pastiche.

Is this Faulks fellow a good author and a good choice?

#8 Harmsway

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 12:16 AM

Can't wait for DEVIL MAY CARE... I really hope it's the best Bond novel since COLONEL SUN.

#9 Genrewriter

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 12:18 AM

Neat, I look forward to reading this.

#10 zencat

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 12:20 AM

Story #2 (found additional goodies not in the US press release):

'Devil May Care' 80% Fleming, says Faulks

#11 ACE

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 12:24 AM

Is this Faulks fellow a good author and a good choice?

YES and YES!

A literate yet story driven novelist, his writing is fine and sometimes exquisite. He belongs to a tradition of contemporary English/Anglo-centric writers that I love (Julian Barnes, Graham Swift, Pat Barker, Kazuo Ishiguru, William Boyd etc). I have not read all of his books, just the famous ones, Birdsong, Charlotte Gray and On Green Dolphin Street. He was too high brow and successful for me to even contemplate him writing Bond but, rest assured, at least IMHO, he is a great choice. He is the Daniel Craig of Bond authors - in the best possible sense. This book is going to be a smash. This is extraordinarily good news.

#12 Gobi-1

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 12:32 AM

Great news. Let's hope they really market this as a major publishing event.

#13 zencat

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 12:34 AM

Whew, okay, now that I have a moment...

I don't know this Faulks feller, but if ACE says he's the "Daniel Craig of Bond authors" that's all I need to hear. And I trust those folks at IFP. They seem to know what they are doing.

Doesn't surprise me in the least that it's set in Fleming's timeline. I would have been shocked if it wasn't.

Title is good. Doesn't blow me away...but it's good.

Bring it on!!! :cooltongue:

#14 Kilroy6644

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 12:38 AM

On the one hand, I'm glad they've made an announcement and we know what to look forward to. On the other, I think I liked it better when we knew nothing except that there would be a book out next year. Having a vague entity out there, that we would get "someday," is easier to put in the back of my mind, and concentrate on other things. But now, all I can do is wait, and wait, and wait.... (shades of Casablanca :cooltongue: )

#15 Scrambled Eggs

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 12:48 AM

His spoof Fleming short story (which appeared in "Pistache") is funny as hell, but I thought also revealed a certain amount of affection for Fleming's writing. Worth checking out.

He also wrote the non fiction book "The Fatal Englishman" which would be a bloody brilliant title for a Bond book, if he hadn't already used it obviously.

#16 Major Tallon

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 12:59 AM

I hadn't expected an announcement this soon, but, as they say, "Cheers!"

#17 sharpshooter

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 01:30 AM

The title is good. Will take some getting used to, but is good. Dont know much about this Faulks fellow, but I expect a gritty dark book from him. Great news!

Looked up devil may care on wikipedia, got this: Heedless of caution; reckless.

And this news - set during the Cold War and involved espionage across two continents in "several of the world's most thrilling cities".

Possibly New York City and Stockholm?

Have we ruled out a 00 licence acquiring story?

Dug this, didnt see this before -

"Devil May Care" is set in 1967 when Faulks said "Bond is damaged, ageing and in a sense it is the return of the gunfighter for one last heroic mission."

"He has been widowed and been through a lot of bad things ... He is slightly more vulnerable than any previous Bond but at the same time he is both gallant and highly sexed if you can be both. Although he is a great seducer, he really does appreciate the girls he seduces and he doesn't actually use them badly."

Edited by sharpshooter, 11 July 2007 - 02:06 AM.


#18 Qwerty

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 02:06 AM

Fantastic news. Big fan of the title as well--it just clicks.

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Now on the CBn main page...



Centenary novel title and author revealed


#19 K1Bond007

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 02:09 AM

Well one news story I read made it seem like this is Bond coming out for one last adventure.

I hope it's not the case because I've never really liked that idea. I'd rather play a Splinter Cell game and watch The Rock (Connery ftw) for the over-the-hill secret agent kicking [censored]. Bond is ageless. :cooltongue:

#20 clinkeroo

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 02:23 AM

Click, click, click, click...

The sound of Clink ordering new reads from Amazon.uk.

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#21 Johnboy007

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 02:23 AM

As if I really need to say it, but I'll be sure to read this. :cooltongue:

#22 zencat

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 02:26 AM

Story #3: Charlie Higson's reaction. Pure Charlie.

Higson says Faulks doesn't know what he's in for

#23 kronsteen63

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 02:43 AM

I'm not at all familiar with the author, but I am really excited now that this info has been released. It makes the release of this novel more real to me and I have a really good feeling about it.

#24 Andrew

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 02:54 AM

I wonder what the chances are that DMC may be adapted to film in the future.

From the sound of the plot (if it's true), it could possibly be a cool film (adapted for present day of course...) for Craig to close out his tenure with.

#25 K1Bond007

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 03:03 AM

I wonder what the chances are that DMC may be adapted to film in the future.

From the sound of the plot (if it's true), it could possibly be a cool film (adapted for present day of course...) for Craig to close out his tenure with.


It'd have to be a huge seller so I'll say, "probably not so good". It's not a good option for EON to buy up rights to a Bond book when they could just have their own writers write an original script. It'd be cheaper. The only thing the rights to the book would do for Bond is bring in name recognition and Bond doesn't need that. Casino Royale had Fleming going for it and I'm not so sure that Fleming really brought anything to the overall BO performance. Mainly it was new Bond and really good reviews that brought in the viewers.

Of course you never know... but given EON they'd rather be inspired by a piece here and a piece there and then a homage or so much like Colonel Sun got with Die Another Day.

#26 Bon-san

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 03:21 AM

How exciting!

Can't wait for this one. :cooltongue:

#27 Qwerty

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 03:32 AM

-----UPDATE-----



'Devil May Care' set in 1967 when 'Bond is damaged...'


#28 Qwerty

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 04:31 AM

-----UPDATE-----



A new James Bond imprint, website, and more


#29 zencat

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 04:55 AM

Whoa! What a day for news. New website, new imprint...wow. Thanks Qwerty.

#30 K1Bond007

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 05:08 AM

They did this Penguin 007 thing back in 2002 I think when they relaunched the Fleming books, didn't they? Something similar anyway...

Website seems to be down in anycase.




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