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James Bond: New Novel Published In September
A new James Bond novel will be released in September with the latest exploits of the British spy written by William Boyd.
The estate of Bond's creator Ian Fleming has confirmed the book will reach stores later this year, however the title and plot of the new adventure remain a secret.
Fleming wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, 60 years ago and penned 13 more before he died at the age of 56.
Despite keeping most details top secret, the Fleming estate has given a hint of the novel's style and setting to woo fans impressed by Daniel Craig's film portrayal of 007 in Skyfall in recent months.
"We can reveal that this novel will see a return to the classic Bond era, featuring a 45-year-old 007 in 1969," the Fleming estate said in a statement.
The novel will be published in Britain on September 26 by Jonathan Cape, Fleming's original publisher.
It will be available from HarperCollins, a subsidiary of News Corporation, in the United States and Canada from early October.
The screen version of the suave spy remains a box office superstar, with Skyfall becoming the first official Bond film to take over $1bn at the box office following its release last year.
But to keep the literary James Bond brand alive, his estate has invited various authors to continue the Bond story.
The Bond catalogue is one of the most prized in publishing, with global sales of more than 100 million copies.
Most recently US thriller writer Jeffery Deaver wrote Carte Blanche in 2011, and Sebastian Faulks' novel Devil May Care was published to mark Fleming's 100th birthday in 2008.
The British author Boyd has won acclaim for writing page-turners with complex plots often set in unique historical milieus, from World War I-era East Africa to 1936 Los Angeles.
His latest novel, Waiting For Sunrise, came out last year.