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Solo : A James Bond Novel - William Boyd


Published: 1st October 2013
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Book Description

It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge.

A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M's orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice. Bond's renegade action leads him to Washington, D.C., where he discovers a web of geopolitical intrigue and witnesses fresh horrors.

Even if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge, a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment.

About the Author

William Boyd was born in Accra, Ghana, in 1952. He is the author of one work of non-fiction, three collections of short stories and fourteen novels. He has won many awards including the Whitbread First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award and the Costa Book Award. He is married and lives in London.


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Comments about Solo:

Disappointing rebirth of James Bond. Not one of William Boyd's best

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"This is well-plotted, exciting stuff and Boyd has a great sense of time and place. His boozy, maturer, more fallible Bond is totally believable. Mission accomplished, Mr Boyd." -- Natasha Harding Sun "Boyd was a smart choice for a Bond thriller. The action clips along. There are welcome literary flourishes and a dense plot." -- Richard Fitzpatrick Irish Examiner "Written with aplomb, Boyd's Bond novel is a terrific twisting thriller." Sunday Times "Anyone wishing this autumn to enjoy the Cold War with the assurance of a happy ending should seek out William Boyd's new James Bond novel, Solo, in which 007 is dispatched to West Africa and the fictitious country of Zanzarim, where he finds himself in the midst of a civil war." -- Stephen McGinty Scotsman "A fantastic read, which I ripped through in the time it would take to watch Skyfall, as it happens, and I found it significantly more enjoyable." The Times

James Bond

James Bond is the son of Andrew Bond a Scot of Glencoe. His mother was Monique Delacroix a Swiss. Both his parents were killed in an accident in the Aiguilles Rogues when he was eleven years old. James had travelled extensively with his parents and by this time was fluent in both French and German.

He went to live with his erudite and accomplished aunt Miss Charmian Bond at Pett Bottom, near Canterbury, Kent. She sent him to Eton but his aunt was asked to remove him after only a short time when some "alleged" troubles with one of his maids came to light; he was twelve at the time. He then went to Fettes College, Edinburgh. After this he briefly attended the University of Geneva. It is interesting to note that the author Ian Fleming also attended these same schools.

In 1941 he joined the Royal Naval Reserve. He served throughout the Second World War and left the Royal Navy in 1945 with the rank of Commander.

James Bond, who was given a 00 prefix to his agent number 7, (the 'double-oh' prefix indicates his discretionary licence to kill in the performance of his duties) undertook his first missions in 1946 (as recounted in Casino Royale 1953.)

There have been numerous short stories and books written about this agent’s activities. Ian Fleming first brought Bond to the wider audience. He named 007 after an American ornithologist James Bond (author of Birds of the West Indies) and the character's early exploits were based partly on the true activities of an actual British agent Lieutenant Commander Patrick Dalzel. After Fleming’s death further adventures have been written by Kingsley Amis, John Pearson, John Gardner, Raymond Benson and Chalie Higson. The Ian Fleming books are:

From Russia With Love is credited with sparking the Bond craze when US President John F Kennedy listed it as one of his favourite books.

James Bond Books

1953 Casino Royale
1954 Live and Let Die
1955 Moonraker
1956 Diamonds Are Forever
1957 From Russia With Love
1958 Dr No
1959 Goldfinger
1960 For Your Eyes Only
1961 Thunderball
1962 The Spy Who Loved Me
1963 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
1964 You Only Live Twice
1965 The Man with the Golden Gun
1966 Octopussy and The Living Daylights

The films to date (2005) and the actors who portrayed Bond are

1962 Dr No - Sean Connery
1963 From Russia With Love - Sean Connery
1964 Goldfinger - Sean Connery
1965 Thunderball - Sean Connery
1967 You Only Live Twice - Sean Connery
1967 Casino Royale - David Niven
1969 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service - George Lazenby
1971 Diamonds Are Forever - Sean Connery
1973 Live and Let Die - Roger Moore 1974 The Man with the Golden Gun - Roger Moore
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me - Roger Moore
1979 Moonraker - Roger Moore 1981 For Your Eyes Only - Roger Moore
1983 Octopussy - Roger Moore
1983 Never Say Never Again - Sean Connery
1985 A View to a Kill - Roger Moore
1987 The Living Daylights - Timothy Dalton
1989 Licence to Kill - Timothy Dalton
1995 Golden Eye - Pierce Brosnan
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies - Pierce Brosnan
1999 The World Is Not Enough - Pierce Brosnan
2002 Die Another Day - Pierce Brosnan
2006 Casino Royale - Daniel Craig
2008 Quantum of Solace - Daniel Craig
2012 Skyfall - Daniel Craig

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ISBN: 9780224097482
ISBN-10: 0224097482
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st October 2013
Publisher: Vintage
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.6  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.45