The next James Bond novel, which will be published in September, has the world's most famous secret agent living in London's Chelsea section at the age of 45, writer William Boyd said.
The story is set in 1969 and the distinctive flavour of Chelsea will be incorporated into the novel, Boyd said Thursday in an interview with the BBC.
The 60-year-old author, screenwriter and literary critic, who has 12 novels to his name, admitted that he tried to avoid incorporating the look of the actors who have played the character created by Ian Fleming in the 1950s.
Boyd has worked with Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, all of whom have played Agent 007.
In addition to Boyd, five other authors have penned Bond novels since Fleming's death in 1964, and the films have become one of the most successful movie franchises in cinema history.
The new Bond adventure will be released to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the publication of Fleming's first 007 novel, "Casino Royale".
James Bond has been played over the years by several actors, with British actor Daniel Craig starring in the most recent Bond films: "Casino Royale" (2006) "Quantum of Solace" (2008) and last year's box-office smash "Skyfall", which co-starred Spanish actor Javier Bardem as the evil "Silva".
Scotsman Sean Connery, Englishman Roger Moore and Irishman Pierce Brosnan are among the other notable actors to play Bond, who made his film debut in "Dr. No" (1952).