James Bond and Sherlock Holmes both have new novels coming soon. Which Brit-lit hero are you more excited for?

Quantum-of-SolaceImage Credit: Susie AllnuttSir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes solved crimes in Victorian London. Ian Fleming’s James Bond fought villains across the globe during the Cold War. Both iconic Brit heroes appear to have a never-ending hold on the world’s population: The 007 movies have been a box office force for half a century, while the detective from Baker Street has recently inspired a new movie franchise and a thrilling new TV series. Now, both heroes will return to their original medium: According to the Daily Mail, 2011 will witness the publication of a new, officially authorized Holmes novel by Alex Rider novelist Anthony Horowitz and a new James Bond novel written by Jeffery Deaver, author of The Bone Collector.

I’m a total Bondophile, so I’m definitely interested to see Deaver’s take on the franchise. The novel, called Carte Blanche, will be set in Dubai, a Middle Eastern milieu that the big-screen Bonds have mostly ignored. Carte Blanche will apparently be set in the modern day, unlike Sebastian Faulks’ enjoyably retro Devil May Care.

How about you, Shelf Lifers? Which Brit-lit hero are you more excited about?


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  • Terry

    Jeffery Deaver writing a Bond, love it. Now if only the next film goes for more smarts than just action.

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  • Peter

    Holmes is great, but someone is always writing new Holmes stories. New Bond is much more exciting. Though I admit I’ve only read one of the Benson books, and frankly I didn’t like it.

    • Parthena

      It’s really great that people are sharing this ifnromtaoin.

  • rebecca

    James Bond!!!!!!

  • Dicazi

    Evwn Pierce Brosnan couldn’t get me to watch a Bond movie; I’ve never even picked up a Bond book, But Mr. Holmes???? Some of my favorite books and stories, whether by Doyle or another.

    • Peter

      Glad to hear of such an open mind.

  • Pilermo Laisin

    My mother being English, I was brought up on a diet of these books/movies in Manchester. As a kid I read ALL of Ian Flemings originals, and the complete works of A C Doyle.

    At this point, however, I think, the British should realise that people are getting too smart for propaganda, and racist and ethnicist portrayals in many such works are probably not going to work in their favour.

    Personally, the originals were good, but let’s stop flogging dead (and rotten) horses, shall we?

    • Peachtree

      You’re funny!

  • Brett

    Yes, but when will we see Zombie Sherlock Holmes?

    • Laaroussi

      blade maybe that would be good for qt,but persoanally id like to see him havea go at teh jurgggnaueht story i mean x3 messed jugg up and he is one of the best most destructive characters in the x men mythology, if u take away the fact he is nota real mutant then hes better, xavier half brother infinitly powerfull its gold dust but qt only does his own stuff so no point i guess, kill bill 3 ohh yea

  • Ruby

    I’d love to see Holmes novels updated to fit the concept of the new series, which was brilliantly done.

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  • Stacey

    Sherlock Holmes, without a doubt!

  • meiske

    BOTH FOR SURE!! :d

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