James Bond is back - in print
Author William Boyd and a flight attendant pose for a photograph with one of the first copies of Boyd's new James Bond book 'Solo'. London - William Boyd has left James Bond stirred, if not shaken. The British writer has taken on the fictional spy in “Solo,” a new 007 novel that balances fidelity to Ian Fleming's iconic character with subtle changes.
Boyd steers Bond away from his big-screen action-hero image and back toward the complex and conflicted character of Fleming's novels. FILE - British actor Daniel Day-Lewis waits at the start of the Mille Miglia historic car race in Brescia, Italy.
Fleming gave him all his traits, his tastes, his likes and dislikes - and his complexes. As the book opens, Bond is recovering from birthday celebrations at the Dorchester.
He has just turned 45, and is feeling his age. He may not run quite as fast as he could when he was 25, but he's seen how life has changed and times have changed.
Boyd, 61, a winner of the Whitbread and Costa book prizes, follows writers including Kingsley Amis and Sebastian Faulks as a successor to Fleming, who died in 1964.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Daily NewsSimilar Stories