Model Cresca Miles with author Jeffery Deaver. Image courtesy: Reuters
The launch of the latest James Bond novel, Carte Blanche, played out like an action scene from a James Bond movie. Luxury cars, champagne on tap, abseiling British Marines and hot girls on vintage motorbikes all helped unveil the newest Bond book.
Written by acclaimed crime writer Jeffery Deaver, the new 007 book launched recently, at a high octane event at London’s renovated, vaulted St Pancras train station. Its champagne bar is supposed to be the longest in Europe.
The author arrived at the bar in a Bentley, Bond’s car of choice in the new book, led by stunt rider/model Chesca Miles. The model, dressed as a Bond girl, rode a vintage BSA motorbike, and was handed a copy of the new book by a Royal Marine commando display team, who abseiled down from the roof of the station.
Carte Blanche, the 64th book in the James Bond series, is set in the present, partly in Serbia and Dubai. Bond belongs to a new, highly secret division of British intelligence known as the Overseas Development Group, which has been modelled to counter post-9/11 threats. Its agents are charged with defending the realm "by any means necessary" – carte blanche, in other words, to step outside the law when the situation demands.
Deaver won the 2004 Crime Writers' Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Garden of Beasts and that was when he was first identified as a potential Bond author.
Over 100 million Bond books have been sold in total.
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