A man looks at a Honda motorcycle, riden by Daniel Craig in the James Bond movie Skyfall, for sale at Christie's South Kensington on June 19, 2013 in London, England. The item is part of an auction entitled 'Pop Culture' featuring memorabilia charting the history of cinema, pop and rock and roll. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)
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.