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Friday, July 13, 2007


Sort of.

"In his house in Jamaica, Ian Fleming used to write a thousand words in the morning, then go snorkelling, have a cocktail, lunch on the terrace, more diving, another thousand words in late afternoon, then more Martinis and glamorous women. In my house in London, I followed this routine exactly, apart from the cocktails, the lunch and the snorkelling."

So says Sebastian Faulks author of the new James Bond novel, to be published next year by Penguin Books in the UK and Doubleday in the US. The book, titled Devil May Care, is to mark the Ian Fleming's birth centenary which falls on 28th May 2008.

Fleming's last Bond book, Octopussy and the Living Daylights, was published in 1966. 42years later and in keeping with tradition, Devil May Care is set in the Cold War and the action is played out across two continents and several of the world's most thrilling cities, including Paris.

Penguin007 tells you a whole lot more.

My introduction to Sebastian Faulks came through Sir Alan Collins, the former British High Commissioner to Singapore. In the Ambassador's take on books that have moved them the most, he spoke at length about Birdsong together with the other two books that complete the French trilogy The Girl at the Lion d'Or and Charlotte Gray. The book's weren't immediate bestsellers but giving up his job as a journalist to do writing full time paid off Faulks.

Like Fleming, who was a journalist for Reuters and the Sunday Times, Faulks was a journalist for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, he was the first Literary Editor of the Independent and later became Deputy Editor of the Independent on Sunday.

Looks like the number crunching is just about to begin....

- Over 100 million Bond books have been sold and over half the world's population has seen a Bond film

- Ian Fleming wrote fourteen James Bond books. These include:
Casino Royale (1953)
Live and Let Die (1954)
Moonraker (1955)
Diamonds Are Forever (1956)
From Russia with Love (1957)
Dr. No (1958)
Goldfinger (1959)
For your Eyes Only (1960)
Thunderball (1961)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963)
You Only Live Twice (1964)
The Man With The Golden Gun (1965)
Octopussy and the Living Daylights (1966)

- Fleming's other works include the children's favourite, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964), which was made into a film and stage musical, The Diamond Smugglers (1957) and a collection of travel writings called Thrilling Cities (1963)

- Previous authors of official James Bond novels include Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Raymond Benson

Another hat tip to the ever reliable Zhi Wei, for this Friday post.

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