James Bond is back - with a new adventure being penned by best-selling thriller writer Jeffery Deaver.
The novel, which has been mysteriously dubbed Project X for now, will be published a year in one year's time, marking Bond creator Ian Fleming's birthday.
Deaver, who has been hailed as "the master of ticking-bomb suspense", has been selected to breathe fresh life into the super-spy by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.
The American author, a Bond fan since childhood, has written 26 novels and sold more than 20 million books worldwide.
He has started work on the book and its real title will be revealed at a later date.
Deaver said: "I can't describe the thrill I felt when first approached by Ian Fleming's estate to ask if I'd be interested in writing the next book in the James Bond series.
"I began reading them when I was about nine or 10, ignorant of the Cold War politics they explored but enthralled by their sense of adventure and derring-do. I continued to read and re-read them, which was fortunate because as a teen and adult I found, of course, nuances, that were invisible to a child."
Deaver continued: "The Bond books were important parts of my life.... They appealed to me as wonderful stories but they also stood as singular examples of a thriller writer's craft.
"I learned, through osmosis as well as design, much technique from Mr Fleming's work: compactness, attention to detail, heroic though flawed characters, fast-pacing, concrete imagery and straightforward prose."
Born near Chicago, Deaver is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme books, notably The Bone Collector, which was turned into a film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.