Author Jeffery Deaver to pen new James Bond tale

Thu May 27, 2010 9:45pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - The next chapter in the life of the quintessentially English character of James Bond will be penned by U.S. author Jeffery Deaver, who believes he has the "chameleon"-like qualities to get inside 007's head.

Crime writer Deaver, best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme books, has already started to write the outline for the new authorized Bond story, which will be published in May, 2011 and set in the present day.

Fittingly for the world's most famous fictional spy, the novel is known only as "Project X" until a title is chosen, and plot details are being kept strictly under wraps.

"For one reason or another I have learned over the years that I have a capacity ... to be a bit of chameleon," Deaver told Reuters in an interview to announce the book.

"I've written about young African-American characters in America, I have written about elderly characters, I've written from the points of view of women ... of serial killers ... and enjoy stepping into their shoes.

"I think it's going to be relatively easy for me to step into the role of Bond and the other characters in the book," added the 60-year-old.

"I am not writing this book as if I were (Bond creator) Ian Fleming. No one can really do that. I am taking the type of story that I generally tell -- a very fast-paced thriller, lots of twists and turns and surprises."

Deaver was first identified as a potential Bond author when he won the 2004 Crime Writers' Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for "Garden of Beasts" and spoke at the ceremony of his indebtedness to Fleming and Bond.   Continued...