The Young Bond Dossier today highlights comments made by Young Bond author Charlie Higson during the BBC Radio 4 programme Amis, Amis And Bond (available online), in which he confirmed he is currently writing the fifth – and what appears to be final – novel in the highly successful Young Bond series.
“It appears Bond and I may be sharing an office for some time yet,” Higson said.
While no release date has been announced for Young Bond 5, Higson’s fourth Young Bond novel, Hurricane Gold, is due out on 6 September 2007 (a mere 007 weeks away, The Young Bond Dossier points out!).
As 2008 marks the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth, James Bond fans have been promised a plethora of 007-related books and events to mark the occasion, including Sebastian Faulks‘ highly-publicised Devil May Care, Samantha Weinberg’s trilogy-concluding The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling and the graphic novel adaptation of Higson’s debut Young Bond novel, SilverFin; it would not be unreasonable to speculate we may also see the fifth Young Bond book released next year.
Details are scarce, but the fifth instalment will feature Windsor Castle and a plot that may or may not involve the Royal Family. Higson has also revealed that the novel will see Bond’s first encounter with the secret service.
“All will be revealed in Book 5,” Higson said in May last year. “I have been planting some seeds, but nobody will really put it all together until the last book is published.”
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