Anthony Horowitz in talks for third Bond novel

Bond continuation author keen to do third book if agreement reached with IFP. 

Speaking to the Radio Times recently, Anthony Horowitz revealed that he is in discussions with Ian Fleming Publications about writing a third James Bond continuation novel, as long as he could fit it into his writing schedule.

“I would love to. I think there’s one more in me at least”, he said.

Horowitz previously wrote Trigger Mortis in 2015, followed by Forever and a Day in 2018. However, even if the two parties do come to an agreement, it seems unlikely the new book will be published for a while. His writing commitments currently include two Daniel Hawthorne novels as well as a new Alex Rider.

But while that would be plenty to keep many writers busy for a few years, Horowitz does have a fairly prodigious output. The new book could be perhaps two years away.

Commenting on the timeline of his novels, Horowitz said:

Bond defines the Cold War, he defines the ’50s into the ’60s, and to me, to take him out of that period is to weaken him. And this is not a comment about the films, which have brilliantly modernised Bond and kept themselves absolutely in tune with the time in which they are made – that is I think their greatest strength that they always somehow reflect the period in which they are made.

Since 2012, when Ian Fleming Publications restarted the continuation novels, there have been three other authors other than Horowitz, each responsible for a single book. They are Sebastian Faulks (Devil May Care), Jeffery Deaver (Carte Blanche) and William Boyd (Solo).

Source: Radio Times

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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2 Responses to “Anthony Horowitz in talks for third Bond novel”

  • Greg

    Brilliant news , Anthony done a fine job with his first 2 Bond books and his third will be no different .

  • David

    This is great news. I cant think of another author I would rather write the next book.