The new James Bond book, Carte Blanche, were delivered by the Royal Marines Commandos in an event which involved Jeffery Deaver arriving in a special Carte Blanche red Bentley Continental GT alongside a Bond girl on a motorbike.
The author received the first copy of Carte Blanche as four members of the Royal Marines Display Team abseiled form the roof of St Pancras International carrying copies of the new novel. The books were then handed over to Jeffery Deaver in front of Ian Fleming's family and invited guests.
The events were references to both the new novel and to Ian Fleming, who created the original James Bond novels, who would be turning 103 on 28th May 2011.
The Bentley Continental GT was chosen by Jeffery Deaver for the James Bond novel, and the Bond girl drove a BSA 1966 Spitfire motorbike, inspired by one of Bond's love interests in Carte Blanche.
Lucy Fleming, Ian Fleming's niece, commented at today's launch: "On Saturday my uncle, Ian Fleming, would be 103 years old. If he had been here today he would have loved the occasion.
"With his brilliant plot and clever twists, his perfectly horrible villain and his detailed knowledge of the British intelligence Service, Jeffery Deaver brings Bond straight into the heart of modern espionage."
The new James Bond novel, Carte Blanche is available to purchase now, priced at £19.99.
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