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American touch to James Bond

world Updated: May 29, 2010 01:09 IST

He might be the quintessential English spy, suave, laconic and comfortable in a dinner jacket, but the adventures of Ian Fleming’s iconic creation James Bond are set to be continued by the chart-topping American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver.

Best known for his quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme, the star of books including The Bone Collector and The Stone Monkey, Deaver has been commissioned to write a new Bond novel by Fleming’s estate.

Currently known as Project X, the book will be set in the present day. Apart from its contemporary setting, Deaver was giving little else away about the plot, but revealed it would occur over a short period of time and take 007 to “three or four exotic locations around the globe”.

He has already started writing the book, which will be out next May.