Exclusive Excerpt From New James Bond Novel

06/04/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Sebastian Faulks Vanity Fair

To honor Ian Fleming's centenary, one of Britain's top novelists has accepted espionage fiction's ultimate challenge: reviving James Bond. In an exclusive excerpt from Devil May Care, Agent 007 takes on perhaps his most dangerous opponent yet, pharmaceutical tycoon Dr. Julius Gorner. As Bond and Gorner hit the tennis court, the distractingly leggy Scarlett Papava referees.

At one minute to nine, a white Sunbeam Alpine drew up with a squeak alongside him. The hood was down, and in the driving seat, in dark glasses and a distractingly short red linen dress, was Scarlett Papava.

"Hop in, James. You can push the seat back if you like."

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