Baseless story by The Sun sparks Bond 24 media frenzy

The world’s media has whipped itself into a frenzy following the claim by The Sun yesterday that Bond 24 would be based on Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks

The story appears to be completely baseless, without even the usual anonymous source quoted. Let’s face it, The Sun is doesn’t exactly have a reputation for journalism but is well known for gossip, phone hacking and stretching the truth when it makes a story.

When Devil May Care was released, Barbara Broccoli did go on record to say that she could have believed it was a lost Fleming manuscript, but she would say that, wouldn’t she? It doesn’t mean that Eon Productions have decided to use it as the basis of Bond 24.

Could elements of Devil May Care find their way into Bond 24?

Certainly, plot elements from Colonel Sun were used in The World Is Not Enough and Eon can plunder whichever of the books they like. But Devil May Care is set in the Cold War and therefore a long way from a modern Bond film.

There is another thing against it too; Devil May Care isn’t actually very good.

Conclusion: a baseless rumour designed to sell newspapers.

Source: The Sun

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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