A statement on Raymond Benson’s official website, RaymondBenson.com, puts in question of the future Benson’s reign as author of James Bond novels, as far as the future of the Bond novels themselves. The statement reads as follows:
Latest News – Updated February 18, 2002
While nothing is set in stone, Raymond is taking a break from James Bond. There are a number of reasons for this, but mainly after six original novels, three film novelizations, and three short stories, Raymond feels the need to do some things of his own. In fact, he was working throughout the latter half of 2002 on an original novel of suspense which he has just delivered to his agent. For further information about publishing activities of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd., visit their website at www.ianflemingcentre.com.
The website’s statment also leaves up in the air as to whether the Fleming estate plans any new books in the future. All that is clear is that there will be no new James Bond novel in 2003. And that the immediate future of the Bond canon is questionable.
Raymond Benson has authored James Bond from 1997 to present and his novels include Zero Minus Ten, The Facts Of Death, High Time To Kill, Doubleshot, Never Dream Of Dying, and The Man With The Red Tattoo plus the novelisations of Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day.