Writer William Boyd to pen next 007 novel

Originally posted on KFWB NEWS TALK 980:

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(AP) – Acclaimed British novelist William Boyd said Thursday he hopes to bring James Bond back to his roots when he pens the next installment of the suave superspy saga.

HarperCollins Publishers said Boyd will be the next hired gun to step into Ian Fleming’s English-made shoes. Fleming died in 1964 after creating the enduring 007 character, who has been celebrated in the longest running film franchise of all time.

Boyd, known for “Restless,” “Any Human Heart” and other books, will follow successful novelists Sebastian Faulks and Jeffrey Deaver, who have also written recent authorized Bond novels.

The Boyd book, which does not have a title yet, is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2013, 60 years after the publication of “Casino Royale,” the first in the series.

Boyd said he plans to pattern the new novel on “classic Bond” and to set it in the late…

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