William Boyd announces title of new Bond book at The London Book Fair
William Boyd, whose James Bond continuation novel is set to be one of
this year’s publishing highlights, has today announced that his book
will be called Solo.
The announcement came on the opening day of The London Book Fair, where Boyd is Author of the Day.
He explained his choice of title:
‘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. In my novel, events conspire to make Bond go off on a
self-appointed mission of his own, unannounced and without any
authorization - and he’s fully prepared to take the consequences of his
audacity. The journey Bond goes on takes in three continents – with
the main focus honing in on Africa. 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. Thus far and no further, at this stage…’
He continues: ‘Titles are very important to me and as soon as I wrote
down Solo on a sheet of paper I saw its potential. Not only did it fit
the theme of the novel perfectly, it’s also a great punchy word,
instantly and internationally comprehensible, graphically alluring and,
as an extra bonus, it’s strangely Bondian in the sense that we might be
subliminally aware of the “00” of “007” lurking just behind those
juxtaposed O’s of SOLO…’
Very little else has been revealed
about the book at this stage, other than that it will feature a veteran
secret agent, with Bond aged 45. It will be published on 26 September in
the UK by Fleming’s original publisher, Jonathan Cape, an imprint of
Vintage Publishing, part of The Random House Group, in hardback, ebook
and audio editions. HarperCollins will publish the book in Canada and
the U.S. on 8 October.
Except ... Bond fans around the world will certainly remember ' Solo ' was the original title of Ian Fleming's venture into Television production . And that , due to legal pressure from mrs Broccoli &Saltzman - not quite keen on having the name of a minor character from the novel ( and then upcoming film ) Goldfinger used as the title of a new TV series , resulted in the series original title having to be hastily changed before actual U.S airing , to become the less subversive ' The Man From U.N.C.L.E ' ...
‘We are delighted to be announcing Solo
as the title for the new James Bond novel on the day on which William
Boyd is celebrated as Author of the Day at London Book Fair. The few of
us with the good fortune to have read Solo can testify that Will has
written an absolutely brilliant book and we look forward with mounting
excitement to a huge worldwide publishing event on September 26th. The
timing of the announcement is particularly apt as we mark the 60th
anniversary of Jonathan Cape’s first publication of Ian Fleming’s Casino
The 60th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale, was on 13 April.
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