On 28 May 1015 - what would have been the 107th Birthday of Ian Fleming, Anthony Horowitz and Orion Publishing have released the title of the new James Bond novel.
TRIGGER MORTIS by Anthony Horowitz is the new James Bond novel that will be released on 8 September 2015. As you will see from the cover opposite it is unique as it will be the first Bond continuation novel to include material by Ian Fleming.
The wording on the cover: "WITH ORIGINAL MATERIAL BY IAN FLEMING" has me wondering in what way the Fleming material has been used.
From the details we were given before today I thought that Anthony Horowitz had been given access to some Fleming source material that he would incorporate into his own novel. But the wording on the cover makes me wonder if the Fleming material will be used directly as it was written instead of being adapted into the novel. I guess that probably depends on the form the original material took. If it had been written as a short story or as part of a larger novel then it could be used directly - but if it had been written as an outline for a story then I'm sure Mr Horowitz would have had to adapt it.
The original Fleming material relates to car racing and a Soviet plot to kill racing driver Stirling Moss (now Sir Stirling), during a car race at the Nurburgring in Germany. This is due to form the start of the book.
Another quote from the book that had been released in the run-up to the release of the book title includes the theme of motor racing:
"I SEEM TO RECALL YOU USED TO BE INTERESTED IN MOTOR RACING. DONE ANY LATELY?" BOND WAS TAKEN UNAWARE BUT HE WAS CAREFUL NOT TO SHOW IT. WHEN M ASKED YOU A QUESTION, HE EXPECTED AN ANSWER, NOT ANOTHER QUESTION. "NOTHING SERIOUS, SIR," HE SAID. "BUT I LIKE TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE FORM."
As well as the Fleming source material there are also some other interesting facts coming out about the book that make it a unique continuation novel.
First of all unlike most of the continuation novels that have featured events taking place some time after the events of The Man With The Golden Gun, the events will take place in 1959, 2 weeks after the events in the novel Goldfinger.
In addition to this one of the characters from Goldfinger will be returning. Bond girl Pussy Galore will be returning to the world of 007. But she is not the only lady to grace the pages of the new book, as Bond will also have to contend with Jeopardy Lane.
As highlighted in the excellent cover design for the book Bond becomes involved in the USA/USSR Space Race and has to do battle with Jai Seung Sin - a sadistic Korean looking for vengence!
QUOTES FROM AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN:
So with a cold-war setting with a backdrop of the space race, outrageous sounding Bond girls and a sadistic vengeance seeking villain - it sounds like Trigger Mortis will be a Brilliant Bond Book when it arrives on Bookstore shelves on 8 September 2015.
Here's a short promotional video from Orion Publishing about the new 007 adventure: