The new James Bond book, Devil May Care (Doubleday, 304 pages, $24.95) hit store shelves today all over the world. It is another event in a year full of centenary tributes to the late Ian Fleming, who created the iconic British spy.
Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong, Charlotte Gray) wrote the latest installment of Bond's adventures, which began in 1952 with Casino Royale. Faulks, 55, told the Associated Press he was astonished to be asked to do the job and is hopeful the book will please Bond purists. He describes the book as ‘‘an affectionate homage to a playful character who has brought enormous pleasure’’ to millions of readers.
‘‘This is not usually how I spend my days,’’ said Devil May Care author
Sebastian Faulks, facing a barrage of cameras and reporters’ questions
at a packed news conference today in London. Yesterday, he had launched
the book aboard a Royal Navy warship, accompanied by a blonde model in
a red catsuit. | AP photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth
NOTE: Read the Sun-Times' feature with James Bond analyst Simon Winder, by Jeffrey Westhoff. Also, Westhoff's review of Devil May Care.