The Young Bond Dossier today carries an interesting story sourced from the James Bond Google Groups, in which author Ken Follett has apparently not been approached to write the upcoming 007 novel to mark the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth.
In response to an email from a member of the group who calls himself “Mac”, Ken Follett reportedly said, “I haven’t been asked to write a James Bond book, but I’d probably say yes. I think I would set it in the fifties.”
Given IFP’s present inclination to ground its ongoing series (the Young Bond and Moneypenny Diaries books) in Fleming’s timeline, Follett’s suggestion of a period piece may well be on the money.
The Young Bond Dossier are currently seeking confirmation from the man himself, but if true, fans can cross one name off an ever-growing list of potential candidates.
Most recently, CBn heard whispers Stephen Fry, an author in a similar mould to Young Bond novelist Charlie Higson, may have been under consideration at one point.
Ian Fleming Publications (IFP) secured a “very well-known and highly respected” author in July 2006, whose identity will remain under wraps until the novel’s publication in May 2008.
Stay tuned to CBn for all literary 007 news.