On the eve of publication, Sebastian Faulks’ Devil May Care has arrived in London. The first seven copies of the centenary James Bond novel have been delivered to Waterstone’s Piccadilly with the help of the Royal Navy and Bentley Motors…
Devil May Care, the new James Bond book by Sebastian Faulks, is delivered on the eve of publication with help from the Royal Navy and Bentley Motors
On Tuesday 27th May 2008, the first seven copies of Devil May Care, the brand new James Bond book written by Sebastian Faulks, will be delivered with the assistance of the Royal Navy and Bentley Motors to Waterstone’s Piccadilly in London.
Details of the plot of Devil May Care have been kept under wraps since the book was announced in July 2007 to great excitement.
Tuuli Shipster, the model featured on the front cover of the book, will be delivering these exclusive first 007 copies from the printers by hand, under a full military escort care of the Royal Navy. The books will be secured in a specially commissioned Samsonite case, and Tuuli will accompany the case as it is brought down the Thames by a Royal Navy ‘Pacific 24’ sea-boat – under the watchful eye of the Royal Navy Black Cat Lynx helicopters. They will rendezvous with HMS Exeter, which will be moored in the Pool of London. Here Tuuli and the books will be received on board by the Captain of HMS Exeter, the book’s author Sebastian Faulks and members of the Fleming family. The final stage of the journey sees the books taken to Waterstone’s Piccadilly in a cavalcade of Bentleys, including a custom-built 1950’s S 1 continental convertible.
James Bond has always been defined by his Royal Navy training. He served on HMS Exeter as Intelligence Officer, finally holding the rank of Commander in the Service. Ian Fleming, the author of the original books, was the personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during World War II – and drew much of the inspiration for his novels from his experiences at the Admiralty. He remained in this role throughout the war, privy to many secrets and rising to the rank of Commander. Cars and Bond have always had a strong association and his personal preference in the original Fleming novels was for Bentley. Over the course of the fourteen books he owned three and in Devil May Care he is found once again behind the wheel of his much loved Bentley. To mark to occasion Bentley Motors have designed an exclusive limited edition of Devil May Care.
HMS Exeter is a Type 42 Destroyer now over 30 years old and a veteran of the Falklands Campaign of 1982. She is the fifth ship to hold the name Exeter and one of 11 Type 42s remaining in service in the Royal Navy. These destroyers will be replaced by the technologically advanced and state of the art Type 45s, the first of which, HMS DARING, is currently undergoing her sea trials. HMS Exeter is currently in London on an informal visit, during which the Ship’s Company will take part in the high profile ‘Constable of the Dues’ ceremony at the Tower of London as well as hosting the Devil May Care launch.
On the evening of Tuesday 27th, Penguin hosts a glamorous launch party for Devil May Care at the exclusive private members’ club, FIFTY on St James’s Street in Mayfair. The party will be attended by Sebastian Faulks, members of the Fleming family, celebrity VIPs and many more. Savile Row tailors Gieves & Hawkes have dressed Sebastian Faulks for the night, as they dressed Ian Fleming in his day. Sebastian will be wearing a classic charcoal wool/cashmere worsted two piece single breasted suit.
Devil May Care is published by Penguin the following day, Wednesday 28th May, which is the centenary of the birth of Ian Fleming. Devil May Care will go on sale that day for the first time and Waterstone’s Piccadilly will be opening at the earlier time of 8am.
For further information please go to www.penguin007.com.
For a full round-up of the numerous events going on this week to mark the Ian Fleming centenary and the release of Devil May Care, visit CommanderBond.net’s Literary 007 section.
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