A new James Bond novel, published to mark the centenary of 007 creator Ian Fleming’s birth, was launched Tuesday onboard the HMS Exeter in London.

Seven copies of Devil May Care, written by Sebastian Faulks, were brought along the River Thames on a Royal Navy sea boat escorted by two Lynx helicopters. They were then signed by the author in the presence of Fleming’s nieces, Lucy Fleming and Kate Grimond.

Out today in England, the book takes 007 to London, Paris and the Middle East.


Plot details have been kept a closely-guarded secret, though it is known the story is set in 1967 during the Cold War.

Lucy Fleming said her uncle would be “terribly amused that somebody like Sebastian is keeping his legacy going.”

Sir Ian Fleming wrote 14 James Bond books in all, beginning with Casino Royale in 1953.

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