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Bond without Bond! 

It was reported earlier today that Kim Sherwood is to write a new trilogy of James Bond novels.  Her agent, C&W has already dubbed it Double O Trilogy and given the following blurb: “James Bond is missing. Meet the new Double O agents in the Double O trilogy by Kim Sherwood, a new series that will blow the world of Ian Fleming’s James Bond wide open.”

This is an exciting if risky move for  Ian Fleming Publications, to open the universe beyond Bond has a world of opportunity, but also removes the familiarity of a much loved character.  The fact that a woman has been hired has already led to speculation that this will be the beginning of “Jane Bond”; the statement “new Double 0 agents” not agent suggests that there will be more than one, and by the law of averages they will be both male and female (or possibly not identify as either!).  We have already had a female 00 in the movies in the Nomi (Lashana Lynch) the new 007 following Bonds retirement.  There have been many female agents in the recent continuation novels notably Scarlett Papava in Devil May Care.  Writen by Sebastian Faulks (in the style of Ian Fleming to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of, the creator of Bond) and set after the events of Goldfinger (Flemings last full novel) where Bond is still not himself following the events of You Only Live Twice.  Papava, an MI6 agent turns out to be far more than a sidekick/Bond girl and is promoted to 00 at the end of the book. 

It isn’t clear when the books will be set, the recent continuation novels have jumped around a little in the timeline: Devil May Care (2008) by Sebastian Faulks (described above) – Carte Blanche (2011) by Jeffery Deaver rebooted the series and made Bond a post-9/11 agent, the 00 section independent of MI5 and MI6. – Solo (2013) by William Boyd, set in 1969, six years after The Man With the Golden Gun and sees Bond celebrating his 45th Birthday. – Trigger Mortis (2015) by Anthony Horowitz is Set in the 1950s two weeks after the events of Goldfinger  and contains previously unreleased material written by Ian Fleming. –  Forever and a Day (2018) also by Anthony Horowitz is a prequel to Casino Royale and tells of Bond’s first mission as a 00 agent.  Based on an idea, and also using unpublished material from Fleming.

The interesting thing will be to see if EON are willing to take the risk of adapting them into movies.  Will they make a film within the Bond universe without the main man?  They have already dipped their toe into the waters of a female agent when they adapted Mark Burnell’s The Rhythm Section (book 1999, film 2020).  The book was excellent, the film terrible!  This despite getting the casting spot on with Blake Lively in the lead. 

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