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Time-traveling James Bond

With a nod to Ian Fleming, 007 takes on Tehran.

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Only Doctor Who can boast more reincarnations than James Bond, though the latest 007 can now claim to have traveled back in time, too. In a bid to relaunch the superspy book franchise, respected novelist Sebastian Faulks (“Charlotte Gray,” “Birdsong”) has written a Bond novel set in 1967, picking up immediately after the events of Ian Fleming’s final work, “The Man with the Golden Gun.” Faulks’s Devil May Care isn’t a reimagining or a reboot, however. It’s pure homage and, as such, is credited to “Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming.”

This isn’t the first time that a well-known author has dispatched Fleming’s hero on a new mission. Kingsley Amis wrote “Colonel Sun” in 1968 and then, in 1980, thriller writer John Gardner penned the first of 14 Bond novels, updating the spy for a new era by cutting back Bond’s cigarette intake and even disbanding the double-O section inside MI6. But in Faulks’s “Devil May Care,” M is still a man, the most feminine thing about 007 is his signature “ladylike” Walther PPK pistol, and Bond and Miss Moneypenny exchange inappropriate workplace banter that would make even Austin Powers blush.


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