The new James Bond book,
due to be published later this year and written by best-selling thriller
writer Jeffery Deaver, is to be called CARTE BLANCHE. Its title and cover
artwork are unveiled today (Monday 17th January), at a special launch
event at the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai.
Like Fleming, Jeffery Deaver takes inspiration from exotic locations
around the world, and after visiting Dubai for the Emirates Airline
Festival of Literature last year he decided to set part of CARTE BLANCHE
in the United Arab Emirates City.
CARTE BLANCHE is due to be published by Hodder and Stoughton in the UK, a
few days before Fleming’s birthday, on 26th May 2011. It has been
commissioned by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.
Jeffery Deaver comments, “I’m really excited about being back in Dubai. It
is an inspirational and awe-inspiring city and makes a perfect Bond
location - especially for a novel that pushes our hero to new extremes.”
Regarding the book's title, Deaver added, “In the world of espionage,
giving an agent carte blanche on a mission comes with an enormous amount
of trust and constantly tests both personal and professional judgement.
Part of the nonstop suspense in the novel is the looming question of what
is acceptable in matters of national and international security. Are there
lines that even James Bond should not cross?”
Unlike the most recent
James Bond book, Sebastian Faulks’ period piece DEVIL MAY CARE, Jeffery
Deaver’s Bond will have a contemporary setting. As part of his latest
assignment, the modern-day secret agent travels with Emirates Airline and
spends a number of thrilling hours in Dubai both meeting up with an old
friend and tracking a very disturbing villain.
The novel’s setting encompasses Deira and Port Saeed, and the history of
the Emirates provides an exciting backdrop for some heart-stopping action.
Bond is renowned for visiting the most exotic and glamorous of cities and
this is the first time Dubai has featured in a James Bond novel.
Jeffery Deaver will be
making a special appearance at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, on
Tuesday 18th January, when he will be speaking about his love of Bond and
his experience of writing CARTE BLANCHE.
CARTE BLANCHE also features Fleming’s favourite car – a Bentley.
Historically, Bond owned three Bentley cars in the course of the fourteen
original novels written by Ian Fleming and, bringing the plot completely
up to date, Bond drives a Bentley Continental GT in the new book.
Jeffery Deaver has written 28 novels and sold more than 20 million books
worldwide. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme books,
most notably The Bone Collector, which was adapted for film in
1999, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Before becoming a
full-time author, Deaver was a journalist, like Fleming, and attorney. He
started writing suspense novels on the long commute to and from his office
on Wall Street. His books are now translated into 25 languages and he
lives in North Carolina.