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#1 zencat

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:44 PM

The title of William Boyd's Bond novel will be announced Monday (April 15) at The London Book Fair.

 

http://www.thebookbo...itle-to-be.html



#2 glidrose

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:35 PM

Some Deals, Mr. Bond

 

007 In Africa

 

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#3 007jamesbond

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:37 AM

I wonder if the title give something about the plot or anything......some of Fleming title give us a indication of what it is about 



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:58 PM

Wow, I can't wait. I hope as well that the title hints something about the plot, so we will be able to speculate about it.



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:05 AM

The book has just been announced as being called:

 

 

SOLO

 

 

Because Bond goes solo on a private mission...

 

http://inagist.com/a...51460783403009/



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:06 AM

The title of the latest James Bond novel has just been announced at the London Book Fair as: Solo.



#7 Peaceful

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:11 AM

YAWN !



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:13 AM

Sounds like a 'Star Wars' spin-off.

 

That, or we're going to have Mister Bond embark on a prequel to his 'Licence To Kill' / 'Quantum Of Solace' movie days of going rogue.

 

Should be interesting in book form...but it's a very un-inspired title.

 

 

However, I bet they can fit the 007 logo in there very easily!



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:18 AM

Very interesting title.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:30 AM

Sounds like "Risico".



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:31 AM

Interestingly Jack Higgins wrote another SOLO that I always thought could have been handed in as Bond continuation. 



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:36 AM

or he's going to resurrect a certain character from Goldfinger lol

Uninspiring is right ... even - oh I don't know ... Doctor Solo sounds better
We haven't had a ''villain name title'' since Scorpius in the 80's.



#13 Jim

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:38 AM

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:41 AM

Press release and possible cover art can be found on IFP's website:

http://www.ianflemin...title-revealed/

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:06 PM

Extrapolating from the press release it looks like he's going rogue again. But this time in Africa. Good location to use. Could he be going up against Idi Amin Dada?



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:12 PM

Interestingly SOLO is more or less a Fleming title... back in the days, Fleming gave some input for a TV show that would later be known as 'The Man from UNCLE': the name Napoleon Solo, is his creation. The original title of the show (and of its pilot) was SOLO... EON prevented them from continuing to use this title. 



#17 Loomis

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:18 PM

SOLO is a good title, if only because - unlike so many other continuation novel titles - it isn't trying painfully hard to be "Bondian".



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:27 PM

First impression: oh.

 

Second thought: could be worse.

 

Third idea: let´s give it the benefit of the doubt.

 

But... another rogue mission?



#19 sharpshooter

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:32 PM

I like one word titles but at the moment I think this one is quite dull. It'll do. 


Edited by sharpshooter, 15 April 2013 - 12:34 PM.


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:32 PM

I love the title but in any case as William Boyd is the writer, it can only be great (totally subjective comment as I am a huge fan of his work :) )



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:35 PM

Interestingly SOLO is more or less a Fleming title... back in the days, Fleming gave some input for a TV show that would later be known as 'The Man from UNCLE': the name Napoleon Solo, is his creation. The original title of the show (and of its pilot) was SOLO... EON prevented them from continuing to use this title. 

Why would/did EON do this ?? It couldn't be because of the character in Goldfinger, he was so minor.



#22 Loomis

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:37 PM

I love the title but in any case as William Boyd is the writer, it can only be great (totally subjective comment as I am a huge fan of his work :) )

I'm also an admirer of Boyd but I'll sound a note of caution: on the eve of DEVIL MAY CARE's publication, I thought: if Sebastian Faulks is the writer, it can only be great.

 

Still, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:42 PM

We all guessed Africa as being the location. USA hasn't been a literary location since The Facts of Death.
The wikipedia page is up, interesting wahta they say/speculate the novels background

http://en.wikipedia....lo_(2013_novel)



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:54 PM

Interestingly SOLO is more or less a Fleming title... back in the days, Fleming gave some input for a TV show that would later be known as 'The Man from UNCLE': the name Napoleon Solo, is his creation. The original title of the show (and of its pilot) was SOLO... EON prevented them from continuing to use this title. 

Why would/did EON do this ?? It couldn't be because of the character in Goldfinger, he was so minor.

 

EON's position was that together with the rest of the GOLDFINGER novel, Fleming had sold them the character name Solo. Whether or not this was just a minor character, did not seem to matter to EON. After Fleming made it clear to them there were no similarities between Goldfinger's Solo and Napoleon Solo, they did not persue to stop the show from using the character name. Allegedly the initial title proposal for the series was 'Ian Fleming's Solo', later to be changed into 'Solo' and to become 'Man from UNCLE' when the series was picked up. It's clear that from day one EON has always been very protective of its property. Don't forget that in 1963/64 the infamous Thunderball court case took place, 'also' questioning Flemings dealings with third parties and literary property... Perhaps EON just wanted to prevent a similar thing from happening.  



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:57 PM

Extrapolating from the press release it looks like he's going rogue again. But this time in Africa. Good location to use. Could he be going up against Idi Amin Dada?

Lots of Boyd's books take place in Africa. He spent some time there when he was a child. At least, he will use some materials that he knows well



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:13 PM

Yeah that works for me; it's an elegant, Bondy sort of word.

 

Made me think of Man From Uncle too; Fleming famously thought up Napoleon Solo's name.



I love the title but in any case as William Boyd is the writer, it can only be great (totally subjective comment as I am a huge fan of his work :) )

I'm also an admirer of Boyd but I'll sound a note of caution: on the eve of DEVIL MAY CARE's publication, I thought: if Sebastian Faulks is the writer, it can only be great.

 

Still, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

 

But at least Boyd actually has done this sort of thing before, and rather well.



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:26 PM

I think I love it. Not an obvious Bond title at all. Elegant, but also tough.

 

Press release and temp art.

http://www.thebookbo...ck-in-solo.html



#28 Major Tallon

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:33 PM

I'm with marktmurphy -- "an elegant, Bondy sort of word." 



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:34 PM

Yay, another rogue mission!  Good to see that kind of originality now making its way to the literary franchise.

 

:rolleyes:



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:44 PM

That´s what´s troubling me, too.






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