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William Boyd headlines with The Times magazine for 'Solo'

21-Sep-2013 • Literary

Author William Boyd stars on the cover of this week's magazine supplement in the The London Times on Saturday, posing in the style of the famous 007 gun barrel motif.

The paper has an indepth interview with the new James Bond continuation author, along with the first chapter of 'Solo', which hits UK bookstores this week.

Why did award-winning novelist William Boyd want to write the new James Bond book? He thinks his plots are better than Ian Fleming’s.

When William Boyd was commissioned by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd to write a new James Bond novel, he talked about the gig as if it were the fulfilment of a life’s dream.

He had, he said, first fallen in love with 007 when he was a boarder at Gordonstoun and a copy of From Russia with Love was passed around his “pre-adolescent coevals as if it were some form of rare samizdat pornography”.

Click here to read the interview online (Times subscription required)

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