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  • Published: 31 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473548398
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

Forever and a Day

The new James Bond novel by No.1 bestselling author Anthony Horowitz


James Bond is back in this explosive thriller.

A spy is dead. A legend is born.


A British agent floats in the waters of the French Riviera, murdered by an unknown hand.

Determined to uncover the truth, James Bond enters a world of fast cars, grand casinos and luxury yachts. But beneath the glamour, he soon encounters a dangerous network of organised crime.

It's time for Bond to earn his licence to kill. He must find those responsible and unravel their devastating plan - before he becomes their next victim...

Discover the exhilarating prequel to Casino Royale


'Exciting... 007 is back' Daily Express

'Evil villains, fast cars...and the story rips along' Guardian

'Tremendous fun... A first-class action writer' Sunday Express

'Horowitz excels at action sequences' Sunday Times

  • Published: 31 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473548398
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

Anthony Horowitz

The author of the bestselling teen spy series, Alex Rider, ANTHONY HOROWITZ is also responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most loved and successful TV series including Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War.

He has also written two highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty, two James Bond novels, Trigger Mortis and Forever And A Day, and two bestselling crime novels, The Word is Murder and The Sentence is Death, starring Detective Daniel Hawthorne.

In 2016 he wrote Magpie Murders which became a bestseller around the world, and was the recipient of eight literary awards in Japan. Moonflower Murders, which will be published in August 2020, continues the story.

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Praise for Forever and a Day

This is well-plotted, exciting stuff and Boyd has a great sense of time and place. His boozy, maturer, more fallible Bond is totally believable. Mission accomplished, Mr Boyd.

Natasha Harding, Sun

Boyd was a smart choice for a Bond thriller. The action clips along. There are welcome literary flourishes and a dense plot.

Richard Fitzpatrick, Irish Examiner

Written with aplomb, Boyd’s Bond novel is a terrific twisting thriller.

Sunday Times

Anyone wishing this autumn to enjoy the Cold War with the assurance of a happy ending should seek out William Boyd’s new James Bond novel, Solo, in which 007 is dispatched to West Africa and the fictitious country of Zanzarim, where he finds himself in the midst of a civil war.

Stephen McGinty, Scotsman

A fantastic read, which I ripped through in the time it would take to watch Skyfall, as it happens, and I found it significantly more enjoyable.

The Times

Triumphantly the equal of the great Bond adventures… A brilliant imitation that’s occasionally superior to the prototype. Boyd IS Bond.

Robert McCrum, Guardian

It's good to report that Boyd has immersed himself in the character, the author and his oeuvre and come up with an Afro-American adventure that's triumphantly the equal of the great Bond adventures, Casino Royale and From Russia, with Love … Boyd IS Bond.

The Guardian

The poised, lyrical writing is a joy to read.

The Telegraph

[William Boyd has] a straightforward gift as a story-teller, coupled with a genius for evoking time and place… Boyd’s prose gives at least as much pleasure as the first taste of a freezing cold beer, consumed at dusk on a tropical terrace, at the end of a long hard day.

Mail Online

Sebastian Faulks was the first author invited to pen a new Bond story…and Jeffrey Deaver the second. Now William Boyd has had a go, setting his story in 1969 and launching the spy on yet another mission.


Events in Africa in 1969 drive 45-year-old James Bond to embark on an unauthorized solo mission in America, for which he’s prepared to accept the consequences. 007 is back!

Fanny Blake, Woman and Home

The man with the golden gun is back in William Boyd's new novel paying tribute to the late great Ian Fleming.

Scott McMullon, So So Gay

The new Bond book, Solo, by William Boyd, is out now and, to my relief, he’s kept the character exactly as he should be: alcoholic, violent and dripping with blonde bombshells.

Tim Stanley, Sunday Telegraph

Look how nice the new Bond novel looks.


Boyd has said the Bond films have turned the agent into a 'cartoon character' and he wants to show Bond as he originally was: 'far more troubled, nuanced and interesting.' That all sounds great.

Viv Groskop, Red

It might just be the ultimate in fan fiction.

Deirdre O’Brien, Sunday Mirror

Freeing Bond from all that usual world-in-his-hands nonsense, making him just that bit less invincible and the action just that bit more credible, Boyd has done something rather unlikely: he’s given us a middle-aged, fallible Scottish hero we can almost believe in.

David Robinson, Scotsman

William Boyd brings back the real Bond, triumphantly… To bring a much-loved character back to life in this way is a formidable literary achievement.

Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail

Boyd is forging the Bond of Fleming rather than the sanitised version of film… Boyd has recreated the hero with wit, invention and no little humour.

Richard Kay, Daily Mail

The late Ian Fleming would surely have approved of novelist William Boyd continuing his James Bond writing franchise.

Hugh MacDonald, Herald

Solo’s true literary craft lies in the subtlety of its correspondences – the way Bond’s solitary celebration of his birthday at the beginning mirrors his solo mission at the end – and also the suspenseful quality that keeps us on our toes until the closing pages. Mission accomplished.

Ludovic Hunter-Tilney, Financial Times

[Boyd’s] novel stays faithful to Fleming’s character, from his meticulous approach to clothes to his fondness for cigarettes and whisky to his famous penchant for attractive women.

Jill Lawless, Irish Examiner

Terrific new outing… A tremendous Bond story, close to the model of the early Fleming novels.

David Mills, Sunday Times

Frankly, Faulks and Boyd are top-drawer writers. Yes, better than Fleming, though one can never take away his marvelous character creations.

Richard Brooks, Sunday Times

Boyd avowedly returns to the Fleming roots… Boyd’s prose is lean, confident and well-crafted.

Ben Felsenburg, Metro

Showing the superspy as a complex character who weeps.


I was gripped by the story.

Cathy Rentzenbrink, Bookseller

This is a straightforward spy thriller the likes of which Ian Fleming would have loved. An excellent read by an excellent author.

Ben Keenan, UK Regional Press Syndication

The geographical and historical detail is excellent, Bond’s character is beautifully fleshed out, and it all works brilliantly well.

Charlie Higson, Mail on Sunday

This is a novel, by a grown-up, and could only have been achieved by someone who had been enthralled when young and still believed, and also believed, with the thrilling self-confidence accorded to few writers, that he could make it better… A triumph. Bond is back.

Euan Ferguson, Observer

Boyd’s strengths are at play here: from the names that stick like a tic (Digby Beadalbane the hack; Kobus Breed the killer) to the portrayal of a cracked African state weeded with mercenaries. And in 007 he has stripped the gadgets away to reveal a driven but existentially torn spook dealing with betrayal and a thirst for revenge.

Christian House, Independent on Sunday

[Boyd’s] approach, he has said, was to write his own novel using Fleming’s characters, and his gift for sustaining narrative momentum is the key to its success.

Richard Williams, Guardian

Written with aplomb, Boyd’s Bond novel is a terrific twisting thriller.

Deirdre O'Brien, Sunday Mirror

Introduces a surprisingly sensitive Bond, but happily one who still has an eye for women, an impressive capacity for violence and a fondness for an eye-watering amount of booze.

Deirdre O'Brien, Sunday Mirror

It takes a brave chap to assume the mantle of Ian Fleming's Bond, but William Boyd is just the fellow.


The complex plot, full of twists and turns, as well as Bond’s penchant for fine food and fast women, make this book a fitting addition to the 007 oeuvre.

Good Book Guide

Mixing the best ingredients of the Fleming novels with some unusual details, Boyd’s take on 007 is crisp and invigorating like a stiff Martini.


A brilliant James Bond pastiche by a better writer than Ian Fleming.

Barry Humphries, Spectator

Brand-mad boys will love it. Boyd outdoes Fleming in politically incorrect, cocktail-slurping, Sobranie-smoking glamour, gastronomic and sexual specificity, gun technology and violence.

Christian Hardyment, The Times

Boyd's prose is crisp and clean, and the story fairly ricochets through its twists and turns as Bond zips from London to east Africa and on to the US. Fans of the original Fleming novels will find much to enjoy.

Declan Burke, Irish Times

Slyly deconstructs the assumptions – paternalist, imperialist, patriarchal – that underpin Bond’s world, and concludes with a potent denunciation not only of the realpolitik of the late 1960s but of our own time... It is a lonely and chastened 007 whom we leave on the final page, one who possesses a sense of cultural and historical perspective that could only have been granted to him by someone like Boyd.

Jonathan Barnes, Times Literary Supplement

A terrific twisting thriller

Sunday Times

William Boyd brings back the real Bond, triumphantly

Daily Mail

A triumph. Bond is back


Works brilliantly well

Mail on Sunday



The late Ian Fleming would surely have approved

Daily Mail



Keeps us on our toes until the closing pages

Financial Times

Terrific… A tremendous Bond story

Sunday Times

Exciting stuff… Mission accomplished, Mr Boyd


Manages to enrich and refresh a character we thought we knew too well. Solo is a terrific twisting thriller – just when you smugly think you have spotted a huge hole in the plot, Boyd turns it breathtakingly around.

David Mills, Sunday Times

Since the death of Ian Fleming, plenty of writers have tried their hand at perpetuating the career of James Bond, with mixed results. Boyd’s Solo is undoubtedly one of the best.

Mail on Sunday

A triumphant thriller worthy of Bond’s creator Ian Fleming.

Daily Express

I found myself wondering if Boyd had outdone Fleming.

Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

[Boyd is] an ideal writer of James Bond novels, and this one, his first, is very good

William Leith, Evening Standard

Perfectly judged homage

Mail on Sunday

A brand new James Bond adventure combining all the glamour and excitement of Fleming’s original novels with the masterful storytelling of William Boyd

Western Morning News

A very good piece of literary ventriloquism, with a great baddie

Heathrow Express

Perfectly judged homage

Mail on Sunday

Fleming’s James Bond lives again in this perfectly judged homage

Mail on Sunday

An enjoyably compact thriller, with an absolutely killer last line.


Horowitz is a worthy successor to Ian Fleming, putting 007 back in his true domain. This New Bond is up there with the better Old Bonds. The denouement is a very fine piece of action writing. Horowitz has done splendidly.


A novel that feels very like a film. fast-paced, skilfully written. leaves you wanting more, and for serious Bond junkies [it] is the next fix in a long tale of addiction.

The Times

Straight away Horowitz is able to capture Fleming's flowing style and intricate details from how Bond likes his eggs in the morning to the cars he drives... He's just as faithfully suave as in the original novels.

Daily Express

Highly enjoyable.


[Horowitz's Bond] is once again in safe hands, not departing much from Fleming's entertaining formula... Horowitz's light touch and smooth plotting create something close to the ideal holiday read.

Irish Examiner

Exciting high drama. Horowitz stays loyal to the fabulous Fleming formula. And for that he surely deserves another mission guiding the fortunes of the world's favourite superspy.

Daily Express

Even better than Trigger Mortis. it is tremendous fun. Anthony Horowitz has the discipline and skill of a first-class action writer.

Sunday Express

This is another great new James Bond novel from Horowitz, who's filling the shoes of Ian Fleming with apparent ease.


Forever and a Day is an explosive prequel to Casino Royale which promises to please Bond aficionados and a new legion of fans.

Northern Insight **Book of the Month**

Anthony Horowitz's second James Bond book will keep 007 obsessives happy with martinis, beautiful women and an enormously fat Corsican gangster.

The Times *Best New Novels*

Horowitz shows that he knows the Fleming books backwards, offering plot twists that are homages to the master's novels. This nicely imagined book... is an amusing and thought-provoking addition to the post-Fleming bond canon.

The Times *Audiobook of the Week*

Anthony Horowitz writes Bond in the style of Fleming... Total brain candy in the best possible fashion.

Rick O'Shea, RTE Guide

The super spy is back, with a fresh injection from novelist and screenwriter extraordinaire, Anthony Horowitz. The expert in suspense takes us back to the beginning of James Bond's story. the story rips along with plenty of familiar Bond staples: evil villains, fast cars and women falling for young Bond's charms. Ian Fleming would be proud.


Horowitz proves himself so adept at getting inside the iconic character, and Fleming's writing style, that it's difficult to see the join. Rip-roaringly recommended.

Pat Carty, Hot Press

Horowitz.captures the mood, pace and style of Fleming very well. the story thunders along with action galore in the Bond tradition. It whets the appetite for the 25th Bond film.

Alex Gordon, Peterborough Evening Telegraph

A rattling good thriller from an undoubted master of the genre.


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