Once upon a time, James Bond was just a speck in the mind of a former intelligence agent who decided to transmogrify his experiences into adventure fiction. Now of course, he’s a phenomenon, even a punch line. But Ian Fleming’s estate wants to bring back some of the glory just in time for the centenary of the superspy’s creator:
Zoe Watkins at Ian Fleming Publications said: “To celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth in 2008 we are looking at a wide range of different activities and one of those is a new adult Bond novel.
“We are still in the planning stages, but at the moment the idea would be to have it done by an established author – potentially a big name.”
Watkins says the new book will be a major departure from the light-hearted nature of the films and mark a return to the dark, complex character of the early novels.
She said: “The literary Bond is something we want to focus on and any work would have to be in keeping with the literary aspects of the books. If it was successful there could be scope for further novels.”
A dark, literary Bond would certainly be way cooler than what’s passed for later entries of the series. And so, taking the cue from Ian Rankin’s speculative “if I wrote James Bond” piece at the end of the article, I asked some well-known thriller writers for their own version of how they’d write Bond. Those appear after the jump.