The author of a new James Bond novel has revealed that Daniel Day-Lewis would his choice to play the iconic character ahead of the book's official publication tomorrow.
Speaking at the launch of "Solo" at The Dorchester Hotel in Central London, William Boyd said:
"If there was to be an actor to play my James Bond, I'd choose another actor who has also been in a film of mine and who I also know and who is also called Daniel - Daniel Day-Lewis - because I think Daniel Day-Lewis actually resembles the Bond that Fleming describes."
ITV News' Nina Nannar reports:
Boyd's new book takes 007 into war-torn Africa as the 1960s come to an end.
William Boyd is following in the footsteps of Kingsley Amis and Sebastian Faulks, who have both written novels about James Bond since the death of the character's original creator, Ian Fleming, in 1964.
Despite his preference for Bond to be played by Daniel Day-Lewis, the London resident did admit he had "discussions" with current Bond star Daniel Craig before writing the book.
The writer, 61, admitted it was "highly unlikely" Solo would be made for the cinema:
It is set in 1969 and the Bond films are always set in the present day. They'll never make a retro Bond, I suppose they can take my plot and update it but then it would be different and because it's set in the 1960s it gives it a particular flavour.
The book was launched at the Dorchester Hotel in central London where seven numbered and signed copies were driven off in vintage Jensen cars like the vehicle Bond drives in the novel.
They were then flown around the globe to destinations including Los Angeles and Cape Town to mark tomorrow's publication.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Fleming's first James Bond novel Casino Royale.
He went on to publish 14 more Bond books and the series has sold more than 100 million titles.