Bond, American Bond

Shaken not stirred news over the weekend that Bond is back with a slightly American accent. American thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver has been asked to pen the latest in the 007 franchise.

Called Project X for a long time by publisher Hodder & Stoughton, the book will be released next year to coincide with the birthday of original author Ian Fleming. The franchise was re-booted two years ago by Brit Sebastian Faulks. Deaver’s appointment represents a trans-Atlantic shift for Britain’s most famous fictional spy.

Author of the The Bone Collector, Deaver comes to the job with a wealth of experience and love of the original. “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.”

The posthumous writing of Bond follows the success of the Eoin Colfer writing a another sequel to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the court-wrangling over a sequel to Catcher in the Rye under the pseudonym JD California.