In May 2006, British literary heavyweight Sebastian Faulks CBE was approached by Ian Fleming's Literary Estate and asked if he would write a one-off James Bond novel to mark the centenary of Fleming's birth. The book, entitled Devil May Care, was published on 28th May, 2008. Faulks wrote the book in the style of Fleming and the novel carried the credit 'Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming'; he also took the same time-frame as Fleming, setting the novel in 1967, following the events in the last original Bond novel The Man with the Golden Gun (1965). He ignored the influences of the other 'continuation' authors and the 007 films, focussing his character of Bond in the style of Ian Fleming. Devil May Care went straight to number one in the UK best-seller lists. It spent a total of 12 weeks in the top ten, including five consecutive weeks at number one. It also entered the US top ten after four days on sale. It is the fastest selling hardback in Penguin's history.
Selected Bibliography/Editions of Note:
Devil May Care. First Edition, London: Penguin 007, 2008.
Devil May Care. Signed First Edition. 1500 copies (un-numbered) were signed for independent booksellers. Copies are as above but with the author's signature and issued with a promotional flyer.
Devil May Care. Signed Limited Edition, London: Penguin 007, 2008. 500 numbered copies, with silver edges, in a velvet box with a certificate from Ian Fleming Publications. Sold through Waterstones Booksellers.
Devil May Care. Bentley Limited Edition. 300 numbered copies, bound in 'Burnt Oak' hide as used for their interior trim by Bentley Motors. The book is printed on 150gsm paper, with a die-cut housing for a 1:43 scale model of the modified R-type car, and housed in a custom-made plexiglass slip-case.