James Bond new novel Forever and a Day will be prequel to Casino Royale; book to release on 31 May

FP Staff

Feb,13 2018 15:40:14 IST

London: The new James Bond novel will be a prequel to Casino Royale, the very first book that creator Ian Fleming wrote in 1953.

Daniel Craig in a still from Casino Royale

Daniel Craig in a still from Casino Royale

Author Anthony Horowitz and publisher Jonathan Cape announced on Twitter that the next authorised Bond novel will be Forever and a Day.

The book begins with 007 found floating in the waters of Marseilles, killed by an unknown hand, with the added tease that it's time for a new agent to step up.

The novel will follow Bond as he earns his licence to kill and explores the origin story of Fleming's iconic character. It will also include previously unpublished material by Fleming.

It is the second Bond novel for Horowitz who is the only author to have woven his stories within the same timeline as Fleming.

His first 007 novel Trigger Mortis was published in 2015 followed on from Bond's run-in with Goldfinger.

Forever and a Day will be published on 31 May in the UK and later in the fall in the US.

Updated Date: Feb 13, 2018 15:40 PM