James Bond is back, in William Boyd's new novel Solo
LONDON (AP) - William Boyd has left James Bond stirred, if not shaken.
The British writer has taken on the fictional spy in Solo, a new 007 novel that balances fidelity to Ian Fleming's iconic character with subtle changes. Bond fans will find much they recognise, along with some surprises - one of which is that in Boyd's mind, James Bond looks like Daniel Day-Lewis.
Boyd said Fleming once described the spy as "looking like the American singer-songwriter Hoagy Carmichael. Daniel Day-Lewis looks like Hoagy Carmichael".
Solo is set in 1969, and takes the suave British spy from London's plush Dorchester Hotel to a war-ravaged West African country and on to Washington on a perilous lone mission. Boyd steers Bond away from his big-screen action-hero image and back toward the complex and conflicted character of Fleming's novels.