British Airways ambassador Helena Flynn holds British author William Boyd's new James Bond novel 'Solo' during a photo call a day ahead of the book's publishing in central London on September 25, 2013. Solo follows British agent 007 on an African adventure. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal
LONDON (AP) - Bond is back, exactly as we remember him but also subtly different. For one thing, he looks a bit like Daniel Day-Lewis.
William Boyd, who has written a new official James Bond novel authorized by Ian Fleming's family, says Day-Lewis would be perfect to play the 007 he's created in "Solo."
Boyd says Fleming once described Bond as "looking like the American singer-songwriter Hoagy Carmichael. Daniel Day-Lewis looks like Hoagy Carmichael."
"Solo" is set in 1969 and takes the suave British spy - 45 years old and feeling his age - from London's plush Dorchester Hotel to a war-torn West African country and to Washington.
The book was launched Wednesday with a suitably glamorous photocall involving sports cars and flight attendants, ahead of its publication in Britain on Thursday.
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