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Whenever the role of James Bond is up for grabs, the tabs kill a small forest in speculation. When a new author is given the role of Ian Fleming — which, ironically, leads to a bit of forest-killing, too — there’s a lot less hype.

Still, how much fun to learn that Sebastian Faulks (Human Traces, 2006) has penned the latest one, Devil May Care, which will be published next year. Perhaps not surprisingly, his writing method contrasts with that of Kristin Gore. From the Guardian (“The name’s Faulks, Sebastian Faulks … bestselling author writes new James Bond,” by John Ezard and Esther Addley):

As for his method of writing, Faulks said he had adopted a suitably devil-may-care attitude. “In his house in Jamaica, Ian Fleming used to write a thousand words in the morning, then go snorkelling, have a cocktail, lunch on the terrace, more diving, another thousand words in late afternoon, then more Martinis and glamorous women. In my house in London, I followed this routine exactly, apart from the cocktails, the lunch and the snorkelling.”

My favorite part of the article is Jim Crace’s (The Pesthouse, 2007) speculative passage:

“So, Jaws,” he barked. “What have you done with Moneypenny?”

“I’ve warned you before not to call me that,” Amis replied, flashing a row of perfect tungsten.

(There’s more.)

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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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