New James Bond novelist William Boyd revealed that his 2013 addition to the Bond canon will take place in 1969, also telling the UK's Radio Times that he had avoided Bond film Skyfall.
Ghanaian author William Boyd is pictured during a photocall at the 2006 Costa Book Awards, in London. Photo: AFP/Carl De Souza
Boyd revealed himself to be a stickler for Bond lore, pointing out that the novels portrayed 007 as
a man with dangerously high levels of alcohol consumption and, contra-Skyfall, that the young Bond only went to school in Scotland -- at Edinburgh's Fettes College -- but his childhood home was actually in the southern English county of Wiltshire.
Boyd had previously written Any Human Heart, granting Ian Fleming a cameo role, and spy thriller Restless; he succeeds the two most recent post-Fleming Bond authors in Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong) and Jeffery Deaver (The Bone Collector), and his as-yet-untitled entry to the Bond fiction will coincide with the 60th anniversary year of Casino Royale, the super-spy's very first outing.