has been revealed as the title of the next James Bond novel. Solo
is written by author William Boyd. The book has been given a U.K. release date of September 26, 2013. A U.S. release date has not yet been announced.
Boyd says in a release, "Sometimes less is more. For me as a novelist the simple beauty of Solo as the title of the next James Bond novel is that this short four-letter word is particularly and strikingly apt for the novel I have written. In my novel, events conspire to make Bond go off on a self-appointed mission of his own, unannounced and without any authorization – and he's fully prepared to take the consequences of his audacity. The journey Bond goes on takes in three continents – with the main focus honing in on Africa. It's what happens to Bond in Africa that generates his urge to 'go solo' and take matters into his own hands in the USA."
Boyd also says he saw the potential in the title immediately. Boyd says, "Titles are very important to me and as soon as I wrote down Solo on a sheet of paper I saw its potential. Not only did it fit the theme of the novel perfectly, it's also a great punchy word, instantly and internationally comprehensible, graphically alluring and, as an extra bonus, it's strangely Bondian in the sense that we might be subliminally aware of the "00" of "007" lurking just behind those juxtaposed O's of SOLO..."
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