James Bond is back, and as usual he’s sporting the best luxury cars. In the pages of Carte Blanche, the new James Bond book by best-selling author Jeffery Deaver, the fictional British spy has continued with his classic preference of luxury sports car by selecting the new Bentley Continental GT as his transport of choice.
Carte Blanche is due to be published by Hodder & Stoughton on May 26, a few days before the anniversary of Ian Fleming’s birthday – the original creator of James Bond.
Parts of the book are set in Dubai, which is where the author and the new Bond car were spotted, outside the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City.
Jeffery Deaver sampled the vehicle on his recent visit to the Emirates, where he commented, “I’m really excited about being back in Dubai. It is an inspirational and awe-inspiring city and makes a perfect Bond location – especially for a novel that pushes our hero to new extremes.”
Regarding the book's title, which was revealed in January, Deaver added: “In the world of espionage, giving an agent carte blanche on a mission comes with an enormous amount of trust constantly tests both personal and professional judgement. Part of the nonstop suspense in the novel is the looming question of what is acceptable in matters of national and international security. Are there lines that even James Bond should not cross?”
Incidentally, this isn’t the first time 007 has used a Bentley. The James Bond in Ian Fleming’s original novels also opted for the British marque. Jeffery Deaver has written 28 novels and sold more than 20 million books worldwide. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme books, most notably The Bone Collector, which was adapted for film in 1999, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Before becoming a full-time author, Deaver was a journalist (like Fleming) and attorney. He started writing suspense novels on the long commute to and from his office on Wall Street. His books are now translated into 25 languages and he lives in North Carolina.