Licensed to thrill: Kim Sherwood set to ‘expand the James Bond universe’

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A caller procreation of Double O agents has been authorised by the property of Ian Fleming, with Bond aficionado and novelist Kim Sherwood acceptable to pen a caller bid of “audacious, pacey, sexy” spy stories.

Sherwood, who says that James Bond has been “one of the enduring loves of my beingness since I archetypal watched Pierce Brosnan dive from the dam successful GoldenEye”, has struck a woody with HarperCollins to constitute 3 modern thrillers acceptable successful the satellite of James Bond but wherever the archetypal 007 is missing, presumed captured oregon adjacent killed.

Thrilling successful  the sanction  of ... novelist Kim Sherwood granted support   to widen  Fleming franchise.
Thrilling successful the sanction of ... novelist Kim Sherwood. Photograph: Francesco Guidicini

“As a teenager, I chose Fleming erstwhile my English teacher asked america to constitute astir an writer we admired – I inactive person the schoolhouse report. Since then, I’ve dreamed of penning James Bond,” said Sherwood, who won the 2016 Bath caller grant for her debut caller Testament, and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times young writer of the twelvemonth successful 2019. “It’s uncommon that dreams travel true, and I americium grateful to the Fleming household for this unthinkable opportunity. I consciousness honoured to beryllium the archetypal novelist to grow the Bond beingness done the Double O sector, bringing caller beingness to aged favourites and caller characters to the canon.”

Corinne Turner, the managing manager of Ian Fleming Publications, said Sherwood was the close writer to instrumentality connected the series, which is acceptable to motorboat September 2022. . Previous authors to proceed Fleming’s spy series, which ran to 14 archetypal novels, person included Kingsley Amis, Sebastian Faulks and Anthony Horowitz, though their books each featured Bond himself. In Sherwood’s world, adjacent Bond’s contemporaries are gone, and a “new raft of Double O agents for the 21st century” person been recruited to conflict a “global threat”. Meanwhile, M and Moneypenny are looking for a mole successful MI6.

“In her archetypal novel, Testament, Kim showed a uncommon acquisition for characterisation, clip and place. She drew readers into a travel that unfolded successful unexpected ways,” said Turner. “These talents, and her adjacent lifelong passionateness for Fleming and Bond, marque her the cleanable prime for this breathtaking caller hold of the 007 universe. I can’t hold for readers to spot what she’s created.”

David Highfill astatine HarperCollins said that Sherwood had: “pulled disconnected the seemingly intolerable task of penning a caller Bond caller that’s some respectful of Fleming’s archetypal genius and yet refreshingly modern.”

“The publication is audacious, pacey, sexy and conscionable irresistibly entertaining,” helium added.