New James Bond film to be based on 2008 novel ‘Devil May Care’?

Sebastian Faulks' book rumoured to be inspiration for next 007 flick

The 24th James Bond film will be based on a 2008 novel by Sebastian Faulks titled Devil May Care, according to reports.

The Sun claims that Faulks’ novel, which is set in 1967 and serves as a sequel to the popular 007 story The Man With The Golden Gun, will provide the inspiration for the next film in the franchise. The plot sees Bond trying to foil the plans of the chemist Dr Julius Gorner, who aims to control Britain.

It was revealed earlier this week that director Sam Mendes will return to helm the 24th Bond film after the success of last year’s 007 outing Skyfall. The flick, which starred Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem, has now become the most successful Bond film ever at the box office, grossing over $1.1 billion (£720 million) worldwide.

Mendes had previously announced back in March (2013) that he wouldn’t be returning for the next instalment due to “theatre and other commitments”, but he will now be in charge of the next film in the series.

“I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24,” Mendes said in a press statement. “I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time.”

The 24th Bond film, currently untitled, will open in UK cinemas on October 23, 2015 before getting a US release on November 6 that year.