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. Plus. exclusive extract from 007’s new adventure
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”.