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CARTE BLANCHE - The new James Bond novel from Jeffery Deaver

CARTE BLANCHE - UK Launch! MARK MAWSTON reports exclusively for 007 MAGAZINE OnLine

Jeffery Deaver with Chesca Miles at the launch of CARTE BLANCHE

Wednesday, May 25th 2011 saw the launch of the new James Bond Novel CARTE BLANCHE by award-winning writer Jeffrey Deaver. The launch took place at the refurbished St. Pancras Station in London at, rather aptly, the world’s longest Champagne Bar, outside the St. Pancras Grand. Trains, champagne and glamour, all very Fleming! Further glamour was supplied by Chesca Miles, singer, model and also Britain’s first and foremost female motorbike stunt rider. With a deafening roar Chesca rode a BSA Spitfire motorbike (similar to the lethal bike used in the 1965 Bond film Thunderball) along the raised concourse, escorting the Bentley in which Jeffrey Deaver was chauffeured. He was met with a round of applause as Royal Marines Commandos abseiled from St. Pancras Station’s famous listed roof to deliver the first public copies of CARTE BLANCHE to the author.

After posing for photographs, Mr. Deaver confirmed that he was a huge fan of Ian Fleming’s original books and hoped to do justice to such an iconic figure, explaining his proudest moment before being asked to pen the new Bond novel was receiving the ‘Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award’ (its design based on the commando knife Fleming is said to have carried during his days working in Naval Intelligence) and that the whole thing was a childhood dream come true. Ian Fleming’s niece, Lucy Fleming, then gave a small speech explaining how her Uncle Ian would have loved the trains, the champagne and especially the Bentley, but most of all how Jeffrey Deaver had brought the character Ian created so brilliantly into the 21st Century. After such a statement I’m sure all Bond Fans snapped up the book when it was published on May 26th.

Royal Marines Commandos abseiled from St. Pancras Station’s famous listed roof to deliver the first public copies of CARTE BLANCHE
(Top) CARTE BLANCHE author Jeffery Deaver poses with Chesca Miles, singer, model and also Britain’s first and foremost female motorbike stunt rider. (Above) Royal Marines Commandos abseiled from St. Pancras Station’s famous listed roof to deliver the first public copies of CARTE BLANCHE.

Jeffery Deaver with the special red Bentley Continental GT which features in the novel Lucy Fleming at the CARTE BLANCHE launch Jeffery Deaver with Lucy Fleming
Jeffery Deaver with the special red Bentley Continental GT which features in the novel Lucy Fleming at the CARTE BLANCHE launch Jeffery Deaver with Lucy Fleming

ABOVE: (left) Jeffery Deaver with the special red Bentley Continental GT which features in the novel (right) Lucy Fleming, the niece of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, poses with Jeffery Deaver - the latest author to re-invent her Uncle's iconic hero.

PHOTOGRAPHS/MARK MAWSTON


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