The upcoming coronation of King Charles III will be celebrated by the U.K.’s most famous spy: Bond. James Bond.
Ian Fleming Publications, which manages the literary estate of 007’s creator, will publish a new Bond novel in honor of the monarch, the Bookseller reports.
The novel, On His Majesty’s Secret Service, is written by Charlie Higson, the actor and author of five books in the Young Bond series of young adult novels. The title is a reworking of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Fleming’s 1963 novel featuring the martini-sipping spy.
In the novel, Bond is tasked with stopping an eccentric rich man’s plans to disrupt King Charles’ coronation.
“When [Ian Fleming Publications] came to me with the idea of writing an adult Bond story a little more than a month ago, I was excited—until I realized it had to be ready for the Coronation in May,” Higson told the Bookseller. “Getting it written and turned around in such a short space of time was going to be as tense and heart-pounding as any Bond mission. Although, of course, nobody would actually be shooting at me.”
Higson shared news of the new Bond novel on Twitter, referencing a popular British comedy sketch show that he used to star in.
“So my big, exciting news today will please those of you who wanted it to be about writing a new adult James Bond story, and will disappoint those of you who hoped we were bringing the Fast Show back,” he wrote.
OK. So my big, exciting news today will please those of you who wanted it to be about writing a new adult James Bond story, and will disappoint those of you who hoped we were bringing the Fast Show back. However, I did have a little chat with Paul W the other night... https://t.co/KOIWJXDxKB— charlie higson (@monstroso) March 31, 2023
On His Majesty’s Secret Service is slated for publication on May 4, two days before Charles’ coronation. Royalties from the book will be donated to the U.K.’s National Literacy Trust.
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.