1. "One tribute, one centenary, one book."

    By Matt Weston on 2008-05-27

    On the eve of the publication of the literary event of the year – Devil May Care – author Sebastian Faulks has ruled out writing a second James Bond novel.

    Sebastian Faulks

    Speaking to the Associated Press, Faulks said: “One tribute, one centenary, one book.”

    Should Faulks stay true to his word, he’ll join the likes of Kingsley Amis and John Pearson, who each penned a single 007 adventure.

    Faulks was quoted as the first seven copies of Devil May Care made their way to Waterstone’s Piccadilly as part of a lavish publishing event.

    Ian Fleming’s niece, Lucy said, “I can remember Uncle Ian’s books being delivered wrapped in brown paper and string by a postman on a bicycle. The Royal Navy has upped the ante a little.”

    The navy loaned the HMS Exeter and its 250-strong crew for the extravagant launch.

    Devil May Care cover

    Devil May Care cover

    “We didn’t want a thriller writer,” said Lucy Fleming on choosing the centenary novelist. “We wanted someone who would read Ian’s books and see how he did it … [Faulks] has thought himself into Ian’s mind.”

    Faulks told Reuters: “I found writing this light-hearted book more thrilling than I had expected. I hope people will enjoy reading it and that Ian Fleming would consider it to be in the cavalier spirit of his own novels and therefore an acceptable addition to the line.”

    After much hype, Devil May Care will be published worldwide tomorrow.