James Bond continuation author William Boyd was recently at the Telegraph Hay Festival where he chatted about his forthcoming novel, due to be published next year. In contrast to Jeffrey Deaver’s Bond novel, Carte Blanche, Boyd will place 007 back in 1969. Speaking to News Tank he said:
“He is a middle-aged man, a middle-aged spy, and that’s one of the things that interests me… I’m a realistic novelist and what interests me about Bond is the human being. There will be no mountains filled with atom bombs or global plagues, no gadgets, no superpowers or preposterous enemies – there will be an entirely believable psychopath, not a preposterous psychopath.”
The article goes on to note that both M and Moneypenny would return, although not Q (not realising that there was no Q in Ian Fleming’s books, but a Q-Branch).