John Crace writing in The Guardian, Wednesday May 28, 2008
Faulks stiffened, his senses alert to muffled footsteps outside on the hotel landing. "Get back in your basket, Pussy," he barked.
The door swung open.
Moneypenny burst in. She stared quizzically at Pussy, before allowing her gaze to take in the half-finished vodka martinis and Armani dinner jacket that lay strewn across the floor of the George V penthouse suite.
Faulks, whose Bond novel, Devil May Care, is published today, is only the latest writer to take up the Bond franchise. After Ian Fleming died in 1964, Kingsley Amis, writing as Robert Markham, revived 007 with Colonel Sun in 1968. Between 1981 and 1996, John Gardner wrote 14 Bond novels - equalling Fleming's output - and when he retired, the American, Raymond Benson, knocked out a further 12.