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James Bond to enter world of 1950s motor racing in new 007 novel inspired by an unused Ian Fleming idea

James Bond creator Ian Fleming, left, died in 1964. Credit: PA

Bond is back, again - author Anthony Horowitz is writing a new 007 novel based on an idea by the secret agent's creator Ian Fleming.

The story, dubbed Project One, is inspired by Fleming's work for a proposed TV series about the secret agent that was never made.

It is the latest in a long line of books written after Fleming's death and will see Bond enter the glamorous world of 1950s motor racing.

The new novel will see Bond enter the glamorous world of 1950s motor racing. Credit: PA

Most of the television plot outlines were turned into short stories by Fleming but this one, called Murder on Wheels, was previously unknown.

Fleming's great-niece Jessie Grimond said:

There are a few plot outlines which he never used and which, till now, have never been published, or aired.

Given that Anthony is as brilliant a screenwriter as he is a novelist, we thought it would be exciting to see what he would do with one of them.

– Jessie Grimond

Horowitz, whose screenwriting career includes Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War, is no stranger to thriller writing and has sold more than 19 million copies of his Alex Rider series about a teenage spy.

Anthony Horowitz collected his OBE earlier this year. Credit: PA

He has recently penned a new adventure for the master detective Sherlock Holmes.

He said:

It's no secret that Ian Fleming's extraordinary character has had a profound influence on my life, so when the estate approached me to write a new James Bond novel how could I possibly refuse?

It's a huge challenge - more difficult even than Sherlock Holmes in some ways - but having original, unpublished material by Fleming has been an inspiration.

This is a book I had to write.

– Ian Fleming

The new book, which includes familiar characters M and Miss Moneypenny, is due for release next September and is the latest instalment of a series that began more than 50 years ago when Fleming wrote Dr No.