James Bond back in novel penned by American bestseller

Thu May 26, 2011 8:54am EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Fittingly for the launch of the new authorized James Bond novel "Carte Blanche," there was a luxury car, champagne on tap, crack British troops abseiling from the rafters and a long-legged girl on a vintage motorbike.

The promotion of crime writer Jeffery Deaver's book about 007 and his latest escapades, which hits shelves on Thursday, was more like Hollywood than the usually more low-key world of publishing.

But Bond is still a potential money spinner in book form as well as on the big screen, explaining the high-profile event at London's refurbished, vaulted St. Pancras train station and its swanky champagne bar, billed as the longest in Europe.

Deaver, best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme books, arrived at the bar in a modern Bentley.

He was led in by stunt rider and model Chesca Miles, who appeared as a Bond girl on a motorbike riding a vintage BSA, and was handed a copy of the new book by a member of the Royal Marine Commando display team who had abseiled from the roof.

Deaver has said all along that he had the "chameleon"-like qualities needed to get into the mind of a quintessentially English character, although plenty of research did help.

"I became a Brit for about the eight months it took me to write the book," he told Reuters at the launch. "I did have to learn, for instance, that when we say 'pissed' over here (in Britain) it means drunk, it doesn't mean angry."

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<p>Model Chesca Miles arrives on a BSA Spitfire motorbike to launch the new James Bond book "Carte Blanche" at St Pancras station in London, May 25, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Hackett</p>