In today's London Book Fair, William Boyd has announced the title for his James Bond novel is SOLO. It's the third 007 novel after the resurgence of the literary Bond after Sebastian Faulks' DEVIL MAY CARE in 2008 and Jeffery Deaver's CARTE BLANCHE, published in 2011.
"Sometimes less is more. For me as a novelist the simple beauty of SOLO as the title of the next James Bond novel is that this short four-letter word is particularly and strikingly apt for the novel I have written," explained Boyd to justify his choice. He also told the press and attendants that Bond will go on his own to a mission, without any authorization, in a journey taking him from Africa to the United States. "It’s what happens to Bond in Africa that generates his urge to 'go solo' and take matters into his own hands in the USA."
Right up when he was announced, Boyd hinted that his novel would be set in 1967 with James Bond being around 45 years old. The book will be released by Johnatan Cape (the same editorial that released the first Bond novel, CASINO ROYALE, 60 years ago) in the UK on September 26th and by Harper Collins in the US on October 8th. Ebook and audio editions will be also available.
For more information, check out SOLO's official site at JamesBondSolo.com
Special thanks to The Book Bond for the images