Anthony Horowitz to write new James Bond novel for Jonathan Cape
Anthony Horowitz, the award-winning and hugely successful novelist and screenwriter, has been invited to write a second official James Bond novel. Ian Fleming Publications Ltd asked him to return to the beloved character a second time following the great success of his 2015 bestseller, Trigger Mortis.
The novel, as yet untitled, will be published in the UK & Commonwealth in spring 2018 by Jonathan Cape – Ian Fleming’s original publisher and an imprint of Vintage Publishing. The setting will be period Bond, and the story will again feature previously unpublished material by Ian Fleming.
The novel was acquired for Cape by Richard Cable, Managing Director of Vintage, and Michal Shavit, Publishing Director at Jonathan Cape. Rights were sold in the English language by Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown, on behalf of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd and The Ian Fleming Estate.
Richard Cable said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Anthony Horowitz and a new James Bond novel to Jonathan Cape, Ian Fleming’s publisher. Anthony’s first Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, was a great critical and commercial success, and we know that there are thousands of Bond fans who will be thrilled that Anthony has taken on the challenge once again.’
Anthony Horowitz said: ‘Writing Trigger Mortis was a pleasure and I was delighted by the positive response when it was published. And I was thrilled when the Ian Fleming estate asked me to come back. How could I refuse? I can't wait to return to the world of James Bond.’
Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled that Anthony Horowitz is going to write a second James Bond novel with inspiration again from original Fleming material, and of course delighted that Bond will be back home at Jonathan Cape. Trigger Mortis was a superb book, full of energy, wit, twists and turns, and we can’t wait to see what Anthony comes up with next.’