July 21, 2006

James Bond sequel planned for Fleming centenary

LONDON (Reuters) - A new James Bond novel will be published
in 2008 to mark the centenary of creator Ian Fleming's birth,
but the identity of the new author is being kept under wraps.

Fleming is credited with writing 13 or 14 Bond novels,
starting with "Casino Royale" in 1953 and ending with
"Octopussy and the Living Daylights" in 1966, two years after
his death. The authorship of "Thunderball" is disputed.

"We are delighted to have secured this particular author
who we have had in mind for some time now," Corinne Turner of
Ian Fleming Publications said on Friday.

"He is the perfect writer for this project and we are
greatly looking forward to his take on James Bond."

The company has not yet identified a publisher for the
book, which will be released in May, 2008, and the author will
be a closely guarded secret until publication.

The announcement comes a day after Michael Wilson and
Barbara Broccoli, producers of the Bond movies, announced plans
for a 22nd Bond film set for release in May, 2008.

English actor Daniel Craig, who stars in Casino Royale set
for release in November, will return to the role of the suave
British spy codenamed 007 who has become one of the most
successful movie franchises in history.

Several writers have been authorized by Ian Fleming
Publications Ltd to write Bond novels since Fleming's death in
1964, including Kingsley Amis and John Gardner.

The Bond novels, including those by Fleming and his
successors, have sold around 100 million copies worldwide.