James Bond drives a Jensen in SOLO

The promotional machinery in the UK has begun to churn for the release next Thursday of Solo, the new James Bond novel by William Boyd.

The Times has published a feature article about the author along with the first extract from the book. Unfortunately, the online version requires a subscription so I haven’t been able to read it.
One bit of information that has emerged via a report in the Mail Online is that Bond will be driving a Jensen in the new book. The Mail reports:

“Boyd said he felt his style matched the sentiment of the original Bond books – although he accepted that some hard-core 007 fans might be disappointed with his decision to tweak the original writer’s style, even having his spy drive a Jensen rather than a Bentley or an Aston Martin.”

This hardcore 007 fan is not at all disappointed. I love it when an author changes up Bond’s car. (Saab anyone?) And I think a Jensen is an excellent good choice given the period (the book is set in 1969). I’m not sure exactly which make and year Bond’s Jensen will be. Below is a 1970 Jensen LL.




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