1. Jeffery Deaver teases Bond fans on US tour stops

    Several of’s forum members have caught up with new James Bond continuation novelist Jeffery Deaver during his US tour to promote his newest thriller, The Burning Wire.

    Jeffery Deaver

    Jeffery Deaver

    Hot on the heels of Deaver’s first Project X revelations, our spies are reporting that the author graciously, though guardedly, answered a number of questions about the mysterious 007 novel.

    Forum member “godwulf” attended Deaver’s Scottsdale, Arizona appearance, where the author stated his James Bond will be a sprightly 28-years-old in Project X, a reboot of the literary 007 in which the events of Fleming’s original books never happened; a sort of Casino Royale-style re-imagining.

    According to the author, his outline for the novel currently stands at 180 pages and is accompanied by several thousand pages of research. Deaver also stated Project X would be “a ticking clock novel”, one of the author’s trademarks.

    Meanwhile, forum member “jwheels” caught up with Deaver in Seattle, Washington where the novelist revealed he’ll begin writing Project X very soon. Like in Casino Royale, Deaver’s Bond will be a former military operative who has recently joined the 00-section.

    Deaver also revealed he is only signed on for a single novel and that the literary Bond reigns will be handed to other authors after Project X. However, he is laying down the foundations of this new Bond universe, and may well return at some point in the future to pen another 007 outing.

    These revelations seem to indicate Project X will be one of the boldest moves ever undertaken by Ian Fleming Publications.

    James Bond fans hoping to catch up with Deaver in the US this June, or the UK in July, can check out a full list of tour dates at

    Project X – working title only – will be published on 28 May 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and Simon & Schuster in the US.

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    Matt Weston @ 2010-06-11
  2. Jeffery Deaver offers up first Project X revelations

    How old is James Bond in Project X? Will “M” be a man or a woman? Will Bond smoke? Which 007 regulars will make an appearance?

    Jeffery Deaver

    Jeffery Deaver

    Literary James Bond fans can find the answers to all these questions and more – including a bombshell about a Bond regular who will be replaced – in an exclusive video interview with Project X author Jeffery Deaver over at Dr Shatterhand’s Botanical Garden.

    A warning for fans who want to head into Project X completely spoiler-free: Deaver may be a bit too revelatory for your liking. Proceed with caution.

    The revealing interview, filmed during one of Deaver’s book tour appearances, offers up a surprising number of answers about the mystery project, including the fact that the book will be “a reboot”, and the first in a series of novels by various authors.

    Check out the video over at Dr Shatterhand’s Botanical Garden for more juicy titbits about this exciting new book.

    Dr Shatterhand also caught up with Young Bond novelist Charlie Higson, who recently completed his US tour, for another video interview. Here, the bestselling author discusses his first brush with Bond and talks about his dream job.

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    Matt Weston @ 2010-06-06
  3. Crush Design creates Project X promotional website

    Crush Design has created a website to promote the new James Bond novel, which will be published in 2011.

    Jeffery Deaver's 'Project X'

    Jeffery Deaver’s Project X

    The Project X site, which can be found at, features a count-down to the book’s launch, information about the author Jeffery Deaver and facts about the original novels written by the late Ian Fleming.

    Crush was appointed by Hodder & Stoughton at the beginning of this month on the strength of similar projects that the consultancy has worked on, says Hodder & Stoughton director of digital marketing Kelly Edgson-Wright.

    Hodder & Stoughton briefed Crush to create a flexible site that could be added to during the run-up to the book’s launch in May next year. Edgson-Wright says, ‘We want to be able to update the site regularly, engage with social media and interact with the fans’.

    The secretive nature of the project has affected the look and feel of the site, says Crush senior designer Chris Pelling. He says, ‘At this point we’re dealing with such little information that we went for a data-style look that was really stripped back.’

    The grey and turquoise colour palette was chosen to fit the data-inspired look. Pelling says, ‘We’ve focused on the modern spy, not one from the 1950s. It’s not girls and smoking guns.’

    Jeffery Deaver’s Project X will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and by Simon & Schuster in the US on 28 May 2011.

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    Devin Zydel @ 2010-06-02
  4. Jeffery Deaver to embark on US and UK book tours

    Project X author Jeffery Deaver is about to embark on book tours in the United States and the United Kingdom to promote the ninth novel in his Lincoln Rhyme series, The Burning Wire.

    Jeffery Deaver

    Jeffery Deaver

    The author’s US tour schedule includes stops in June throughout Virginia, California, North Carolina, Washington, Texas, Arizona, Oregon, Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma.

    In July, Deaver will cross the pond for an impressive number of appearances throughout the UK, including stops in London, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, West Yorkshire, Sheffield, Harrogate, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Carlisle, Preston, Manchester, Nottingham, Lincoln, Birmingham, Southampton and Dorset.

    In August, Deaver will be appearing as the guest of honour at the 2010 Killer Nashville literary conference. The author will also be touring Amsterdam, Italy and Japan later in the year.

    The full list of Jeffery Deaver’s appearances can be found at

    The Burning Wire hits bookshops on 1 June in North America and 22 June in the UK. A standalone thriller by Deaver titled Edge will follow later this year, before Project X lands on 28 May 2011.

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    Matt Weston @ 2010-05-31
  5. New 00-author Jeffery Deaver shortlisted for CWA Dagger award

    Jeffery Deaver

    Jeffery Deaver

    Newly announced James Bond continuation author Jeffery Deaver has been shortlisted for a Dagger award this year.

    According to the Bookseller, Deaver is eligible in the Short Story Dagger section for the Crime Writers Association (CWA) award. The winning author earns £500 in prize money.

    CWA chair Tom Harper said: ‘Our shortlists this year reflect the extraordinary breadth and quality of modern crime writing. Whether you like it long or short, fact or fiction, around the corner or on the far side of the world—these awards recognise the best of the genre, from established masters to tomorrow’s bestsellers.’

    All winners will be revealed at an event staged as part of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate, on 23 July.

    The full list of entrants for the Short Story Dagger follows:

    • A Calculated Risk by Sean Chercover from Thriller 2 edited by Clive Cussler (Mira)
    • The Weapon by Jeffery Deaver from Thriller 2 edited by Clive Cussler (Mira)
    • Can You Help Me Out There by Robert Ferrigno from Thriller 2 edited by Clive Cussler (Mira)
    • Boldt’s Broken Angel by Ridley Pearson from Thriller 2 edited by Clive Cussler (Mira)
    • Like a Virgin by Peter Robinson from The Price of Love (Hodder and Stoughton)
    • Killing Time by Jon Land from Thriller 2 edited by Clive Cussler (Mira)
    • Protecting the Innocent by Simon Wood from Thriller 2 edited by Clive Cussler (Mira)

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    Devin Zydel @ 2010-05-29
  6. Pre-order Project X

    Eager to get your hands on Jeffery Deaver’s Project X?

    Jeffery Deaver

    Jeffery Deaver

    James Bond fans can now pre-order the newly-announced continuation novel from The site is already offering a 24 percent discount off the book’s £18.99 cover price.

    The UK edition of Project X is to be published by Hodder & Stoughton. Pre-order details for the US edition of the book, published by Simon & Schuster are still forthcoming.

    Project X – working title only – will be published on 28 May 2011.

    Meanwhile, 007 fans can follow all the latest Project X developments via the official Project X Twitter feed, @007ProjectX. Be sure to use the #007PX hashtag to follow all the Twitter conversation on Project X.

    For more on Project X, you can also follow @HodderBooks, @simonschuster, and, of course, @JefferyDeaver himself.

    And don’t forget to follow @CBn007 for all the latest James Bond news.

    Lastly, the Young Bond Dossier asked Ian Fleming Publications’ managing director Corinne Turner what Project X‘s announcement means for future James Bond novels set in Ian Fleming’s timeline, including a potential Young Bond sequel series. For her intriguing response, head over to the Young Bond Dossier.

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  7. Jeffery Deaver discusses his approach to Project X

    Newly-announced continuation novelist Jeffery Deaver is confident he’s the man to bring the literary James Bond into the 21st century.

    Jeffery Deaver

    Jeffery Deaver

    “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,” the novelist told Reuters. “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.”

    “For one reason or another I have learned over the years that I have a capacity … to be a bit of chameleon.”

    In contrast to Sebastian Faulks’ credit on Devil May Care, Deaver said, “I am not writing this book as if I were 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.”

    In fact, Deaver looks set to combine the unique spirit of Fleming’s 007 novels with the pace of his own thrillers. “It’s not only important to maintain the Fleming tone, and by that I mean a good hero against a bad villain. I think it’s important too that I bring to the story my typical relentless pacing and plot reversals every so often so readers are really on the edge of their seats the entire time.”

    “Stories like this should have elements of good solid filmmaking – the scenes have to be extremely visual, there should be a crisp, clear, accurate dialogue.”

    You can also view a short clip of Deaver discussing Ian Fleming’s original James Bond novels below.

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  8. Jeffery Deaver to pen new continuation novel

    Project X

    American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver has been signed to write a new James Bond continuation novel, Ian Fleming Publications (IFP) announced today.

    Currently under the working title of Project X, Deaver’s 007 novel will be set in the present day and hit bookshops on 28 May 2011. It will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and by Simon & Schuster in the US.

    Few other details are known, aside from the fact the book will be set over a “short period of time” and see 007 in three or four exotic locales around the world.

    Jeffery Deaver

    Jeffery Deaver

    Deaver is the author behind the Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance detective series and a number of other standalone novels, including The Devil’s Teardrop and The Blue Nowhere. He won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award in 2004 for his novel Garden of Beasts and wrote the introduction in a recent reprint of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale.

    The announcement ends a week of speculation after IFP teased fans with a countdown for something called “Project X”.

    The full press release follows.

    Jeffery Deaver to write the new James Bond novel

    Ian Fleming Publications Ltd has chosen international bestselling thriller writer, Jeffery Deaver, to write a new James Bond book.

    The novel, currently known as Project X, will be published one year from today for Ian Fleming’s birthday – 28 May 2011. It will be published by Jeffery Deaver’s publishers Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and Simon & Schuster in the US.

    Jeffery Deaver has written 26 novels and sold more than 20 million books worldwide. His books have topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and he has been described as ‘the most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world’ (Daily Telegraph) and ‘the master of ticking-bomb suspense’ (People magazine).

    007 came to life fully-formed in 1952 when Ian Fleming wrote Casino Royale. Since then over 100 million James Bond books have sold worldwide.

    In 2004, Deaver won the Crime Writers’ Association’s Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for his book Garden of Beasts. In his acceptance speech he talked about his life-long admiration of Fleming’s writing.

    Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, was in the audience. She explains, “I’d always enjoyed Jeffery Deaver’s thrillers, but I particularly liked Garden of Beasts: it demonstrated that he was not only a master of the contemporary American thriller but could also write compelling novels of period suspense within a European setting. I didn’t know anything about the author himself and expected a fairly low key response from him when he received our award.

    “I was surprised and delighted when he spoke very fondly of Ian and about the influence that the Bond books had had on his own writing career. It was at that point that I first thought that James Bond could have an interesting adventure in Jeffery Deaver’s hands.”

    Deaver comments, “I can’t describe the thrill I felt when first approached by Ian Fleming’s estate to ask if I’d be interested in writing the next book in the James Bond series. I began reading them when I was about nine or ten, ignorant of the Cold War politics they explored but enthralled by their sense of adventure and derring-do. I continued to read and reread them, which was fortunate because as a teen and adult I found, of course, nuances, that were invisible to a child.”

    He continues, “The Bond books were important parts of my life – both literarily and personally. They appealed to me as wonderful stories but they also stood as singular examples of a thriller writer’s craft. I learned, through osmosis as well as design, much technique from Mr. Fleming’s work; compactness, attention to detail, heroic though flawed characters, fast-pacing, concrete imagery and straight-forward prose.”

    Unlike Sebastian Faulks’ centenary novel, Devil May Care, Project X will be set in the present day. Jeffery Deaver has started work on the book and his title is yet to be revealed.

    Jamie Hodder-Williams, CEO of Hodder & Stoughton, comments, “Hodder & Stoughton is delighted that Jeff has been chosen to write the next James Bond novel, which we will be proud to publish. He’s a total professional, who has been with us for over 17 years and he’s immensely popular with booksellers and readers across all our markets. He’s such a great choice because his blend of fast-paced action with meticulous research will produce a thriller that will both honour Ian Fleming and at the same time be utterly contemporary. I can’t wait to read it.”

    Jeffery Deaver is the author of a number of internationally bestselling crime series. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme books, most notably The Bone Collector, which was adapted for film in 1999, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Deaver has also written two award-winning short story collections, as well as stand-alone novels including Garden of Beasts and The Bodies Left Behind, which was named Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers’ Awards in 2009.

    Jeffery Deaver was born near Chicago in 1950. Before becoming a full-time author in 1990, he was a journalist, like Fleming, and attorney. He started writing suspense novels on the long commute to and from his office on Wall Street. His books are now translated into 25 languages. Deaver lives in North Carolina.

    Jeffery Deaver’s latest Lincoln Rhyme thriller, The Burning Wire, will be published in the US on 1 June and in the UK on 22 July. A standalone thriller titled Edge will follow in November 2010 in both the US and the UK.

    The original Fleming novels are published worldwide by Penguin Books.

    Statement from Jeffery Deaver

    When first approached by Ian Fleming’s estate and the publishing company that oversees his work to ask if I’d be interested in writing the next book in the James Bond series, I can’t describe the thrill I felt.

    My history with Bond goes back fifty years. I was about eight or nine when I picked up my first Bond novel. I was a bit precocious when it came to reading, but I have my parents to thank for that. They had a rule that I was not allowed to watch certain movies, but I could read anything that I could get my hands on. This was ironic since, in the 1950s and early ’60s, you’d never see sex or violence on the screen. So, I was allowed to read every Bond book my father brought home or that I could afford with my allowance.

    I felt Fleming’s influence early. My first narrative fiction, written when I was eleven, was based on Bond. It was about a spy who stole a top-secret airplane from the Russians. The agent was American but had a British connection, having been stationed, like my father, in East Anglia during WWII.

    I can still recall the moment when I heard on the news that Fleming had died – I was in my mid-teens. It was as if I had lost a good friend or uncle. Nearly as troubling was the TV anchorman who reported that Bond, too, would die in the final pages of the last book, The Man with the Golden Gun. I was in agony until I could buy it the moment it was released. I read it in one sitting and learned the truth – at least I’d only have to mourn the loss of one of my heroes, not two.

    I have won or been nominated for a number of awards for my thriller writing but the one that I’m the most proud of is the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, presented in conjunction with the UK’s Crime Writers’ Association, for my thriller Garden of Beasts. The award is in the shape of a commando knife that Fleming is said to have carried in his days working for the Naval Intelligence Division during the Second World War. The imposing award sits in the middle of my mantelpiece at home.

    I don’t want to give much away about the new book yet, except to say that it takes place in the present day and that the story occurs over a short period of time and finds Bond in three or four exotic locations around the globe.

    The novel will maintain the persona of James Bond as Fleming created him and the unique tone the author brought to his books, while incorporating my own literary trademarks: detailed research, fast pacing and surprise twists.

    As far as any parallels between Bond’s life and mine, there are a few, I’ll admit. I enjoy fast cars – I’ve owned a Maserati and a Jaguar, and I now take my BMW M3 or Infiniti G37 to the track occasionally. I’m a downhill skier and scuba diver. I enjoy single-malt scotch and American bourbons—not vodka, though if I recall from my reading of the Bond books, the spy himself drank whisky considerably more often than his “shaken, not-stirred” martinis.

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  9. So what is Project X, Mr. Higson?

    As Charlie Higson’s U.S. made its stop in St. Louis, Missouri, took the opportunity to ask the author straight out about Ian Fleming Publications’ secret project, and if Mr Higson was involved. Higson laughed. Then after explaining to the near-full meeting room at St. Louis County Library Headquarters that Project X was the IFP’s new, secret project that would be announced later this week, Higson boasted, “I know what Project X is.” He then explained that he knew that Project X was one of two projects that Ian Fleming Publications have in the works, but, he added, “I am sworn to secrecy.”

    Higson said he will be meeting with the people from the IFP when his book tour takes him to New York and he would then know for sure which of the two is Project X. As for Higson’s future with Bond, the author stated that he would like to write a trilogy when the time is right, but that it would mean researching an entirely new school.

    While not exactly shedding much light on what Project X is—in fact, probably just deepening the mystery—Higson’s comments raise new questions. Such as, did the IFP chose between two concepts or are we to expect a Project Y?

    In addition to discussing James Bond, Higson read a quite exciting and quite frightening passage from his latest children’s horror novel, The Enemy.

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    Evan Willnow @ 2010-05-25
  10. Ian Fleming Publications teases Project X

    What is Project X?

    That’s the question James Bond fans are asking today after a mysterious post appeared on the Ian Fleming Publications website.

    The site teases that an announcement will be made on 28 May, the date of Ian Fleming’s birth.

    Fans on the Forums are eagerly speculating about what the announcement could be.

    Keep watching for more news on Project X as it breaks.

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    Matt Weston @ 2010-05-22
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