On your marks, get set, Double-O!!!
Ian Fleming Publications have announced that British writer Anthony Horowitz is to pen the next title in their ever-expanding list of James Bond continuation novels, tentatively titled Project One.
Following on from the earlier post Ian Fleming 007 novels from Kingsley Amis (1968’s Colonel Sun), John Gardner (1979 – 1995), Raymond Benson (1996 – 2002), the The Moneypenny Diaries (Samantha Weinberg) and Charlie Higson and now Steve Cole (Young Bond) plus the more recent Devil May Care (Sebastian Faulks, 2008), Carte Blanche (Jeffrey Deaver, 2011) and Solo (William Boyd, 2013) Anthony Horowitz’s Project One is to be published worldwide by Orion Books. Based on original, unused material by Ian Fleming for an initial treatment of an unmade James Bond TV series episode, Project One (which may not hold as the final title, allegedly) takes 007 into the world of motor racing and serves as a launch pad – or starting line – for Horowitz’s new 007 novel, to be published on 8th September 2015. Set at Germany’s Nurburgring, Fleming’s original Murder on Wheels pitched 007 against a Russian plot to cause racing legend Stirling Moss to crash whilst racing. Horowitz has been quick to point out on Twitter how the title will “not” be Murder On Wheels however.
The prolific author of more than fifty books, Horowitz is of course no stranger to spy writing – having so far penned eleven Alex Rider series of teen agent books, with Stormbreaker being released as a motion picture in 2006 (which he adapted himself for the screen).
“When I was growing up, the James Bond films were a very big part of my life. I loved them passionately. And they had a very big impact on me.”
Anthony Horowitz, SCOPE interview
Horowitz is also well equipped at taking on existing publishing canons and British literary icons – having written 2011’s Sherlock Holmes novel, A House In Silk for the Conan Doyle Estate (published by Orion Books). And his imminent Moriarty novel is published on the 23rd October 2014 by Orion Books. The second Bond continuation author John Gardner curiously did the same, having written three Moriarty novels of his own in the late 1970s and posthumously in 2008.
“I would love to write a proper James Bond novel for adults! I would have quite liked to have written a Hercule Poirot novel in the style of Agatha Christie. But it’s probably time to stick to characters of my own.”
Anthony Horowitz, Guardian interview, June 2014
And of course it is Horowitz who was responsible for long running crime series, Midsomer Murders, wrote for 1980s cult classic Robin of Sherwood, continues to write for ITV1’s Foyle’s War and contributed adaptations to Agatha Christie’s Poirot series. He is also currently attached to Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s Tintin sequel.
“When I was younger I loved the early James Bond films. I thought Sean Connery was great but Roger Moore… well, to me he looked too old to be cool and I thought – what if James Bond was young? Every school I went into I asked children to give me names for the coolest hero and the name that came out top was Alex. Then I thought back to James Bond and wondered … if JB had a son who would be the mother? To my mind, it would have to be Honey Rider, so my hero became Alex Rider! Creating Alex was like meeting my very best friend for the first time and each book I write I have such fun meeting up with him again. I still have lots of ideas and the more I get to know him the more I want to write about him.”
Anthony Horowitz, Scholastic Book Club interview
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Project One will be published on the 8th September 2015 by Orion Books and in the US by Harper Collins.