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New Bond author Boyd's 'dream come true'

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William Boyd has been awarded the honour, or the burden, of writing the next James Bond novel.

The Ian Fleming Estate chose him to follow on from Sebastian Faulks and Jeffrey Deaver in adding to the Bond collection.

He tells the Today programme's Evan Davis about how it is a "dream come true" to be asked to take up the challenge adding that he has had an "obsession" with Ian Fleming.

While he would not be drawn on the details of the new novel, he said that it would be set in 1969 and would lean more towards "old fashioned spying" rather than gadgets and surveillance.


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