To promote his new Bond series novel Solo, author William Boyd was granted some delightful space over the weekend in The Guardian. The newspaper published Boyd’s imagined encounter with Bond in 1969-era London as well as a sidebar Q&A.
In the former, Boyd heads to a Chelsea address and ponders, upon first encountering the 45-year-old licensed killer, whether 007 does indeed resemble American singer Hoagy Carmichael. In the latter, Bond answers a number of intriguing questions, including:
Who would play you in the film of your life?
A combination of Tyrone Power and Errol Flynn.
Does that sound like any of the six actors who have played Bond? Discuss. We also love Bond’s answer, in the Q&A, to the query – “What is the closest you’ve ever come to death?”
The pair of Guardian articles are an admirably playful way to promote Solo, which has been garnering rave advance reviews. The book comes out stateside October 8.[Jacket cover courtesy: Harper Collins]