The latest James Bond novel, penned to coincide with what would have been his creator Ian Fleming’s 100th birthday, went on sale today (May 28), with fans queuing overnight to secure the first copies. Scores of people waited in line outside the Waterstone’s bookstore in Piccadilly, central London, where 200 signed and numbered luxury editions of Devil May Care went on sale for 100 pounds (USD 198) each.
The suave British super-spy’s 15th adventure in print was written in Fleming’s sparse style by Sebastian Faulks, the novelist famous for his trilogy Birdsong, The Girl at the Lion D’Or and Charlotte Gray. Steve Norris, a 39-year-old housing manager from east London, began queuing at 0400 pm local time yesterday and was first in line, saying he had to be there because he had been a Bond fan ever since he can remember.
Internet bookstore amazon.co.uk said the book has already shot to the top of its chart and was its biggest fiction pre-order of the year.
Details of the plot have been kept a closely-guarded secret but Faulks has so far revealed the action takes place at the height of the Cold War in 1967 and takes Bond to Paris, Rome and the Middle East. He also goes for the first time to Iran, the author told a news conference in Central London today, and comes up against a power-crazed drug baron, Dr Julius Goner, who has begun producing heroin on a large-scale.