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Jeffery Deaver & the Bentley Continental GT in Dubai – Click above for high-res image gallery

What do Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, Sean Connery and Daniel Craig all have in common? Well aside from the fact that they all played James Bond on the big screen, they're all rather good-looking chaps. This bespectacled balding fellow with the cell phone holder on his belt, on the other hand, wouldn't quite appear to be the movie star type. But then he doesn't have to be, because he's not playing Bond. He's writing the books.

Jeffery Deaver, the man you see here, is Iam Flemming's successor, and the author of the latest Bond novel Carte Blanche. And while 007 drives Aston Martins in the latest movies, in the new series of books – as in Flemming's originals – he's behind the wheel of a Bentley.

Carte Blanche is set in Dubai, where Deaver recently stopped by to promote the new book and check out his protagonist's new ride, the Bentley Continental GT. The latest of his 28 books – which included The Bone Collector that was adapted for the screen starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie – is set to launch on May 26, 2011. That's when we'll have the opportunity to let our imaginations fill in the images of 007 zipping around the Emirates in the new Bentley, but if you want a little visual preview, you can flip through the pages of the high-resolution image gallery below, follow the jump for the full press release or head over to www.007carteblanche.co.uk.

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Bond is back, and as ever he is sporting the best in luxury cars. In the pages of Carte Blanche,the new James Bond book by international best-selling author Jeffery Deaver, the fictional British spy has continued with his classic preference of luxury sports car by selecting the breathtaking new Bentley Continental GT as his transport of choice.

Carte Blanche is due to be published by Hodder and Stoughton in the UK on May 26, a few days before the anniversary of Fleming's birthday. It has been commissioned by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

The book is partly set in Dubai, which is where the author and the new Bond car have been spotted, outside the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City. Bond's new Continental GT certainly suits his character, with a fabled 6.0-litre, W12, twin-turbo engine capable of producing 567 bhp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

While James Bond's new car may be better suited for a secret agent in understated tones, the author of the book admired a less inconspicuous model. Set in stunning white with a blood-red interior, the new Continental GT mixes svelte good looks with power, poise and exceptional prowess. The hand-stitched leather interior contains all the high-tech gadgetry Bond could ever need. And with the famed sound dampening that only lets through the captivating sound of the wonderful engine, the cabin provides a true Quantum of Solace for Fleming's jet-setting gentleman spy.

Jeffery Deaver sampled the stunning vehicle on his recent visit to the Emirates, where he commented, "I'm really excited about being back in Dubai. It is an inspirational and awe-inspiring city and makes a perfect Bond location-especially for a novel that pushes our hero to new extremes."

Regarding the book's title, which was revealed in January, Deaver added: "In the world of espionage, giving an agent carte blanche on a mission comes with an enormous amount of trust and constantly tests both personal and professional judgement. Part of the nonstop suspense in the novel is the looming question of what is acceptable in matters of national and international security. Are there lines that even James Bond should not cross?"

The James Bond of Ian Fleming's original novels also opted for a Bentley. The world's most famous spy would choose nothing less than the scintillating performance and second-to-none quality of the classic luxury car.

Jeffery Deaver has written 28 novels and sold more than 20m books worldwide. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme books, most notably The Bone Collector, which was adapted for film in 1999, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Before becoming a full-time author, Deaver was a journalist, like Fleming, and attorney. He started writing suspense novels on the long commute to and from his office on Wall Street. His books are now translated into 25 languages and he lives in North Carolina.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Continental GT? They couldn't at the least get a Super Sports?...maybe the Speed 8?

      In any case I'm with the majority, I like seeing Bond in an Aston, it just fits. A Lotus or a BMW is nice every once in a while (I damn near died when the BMW Z8 got split in half by the giant saw) but Bentley? ehhhhhhhhhh. Can anyone else see Bond drifting a land yacht on the tiny streets of Italy while being chased by Fiat police cars? Didn't think so, I know this movie is in Dubai but there's like hundreds of exotics there! Bond in a Bentley in Dubai blends in like a Camry on any US highway.

      • 4 Years Ago
      i'd take any car pimped by Q!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the Continental GT and all, but come'on! Bond belongs in an Aston! Aston's just have that sleek, stealth, sharp look versus the Bentley's big luxury touring-ish look..
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't really care about the books, all I want is to go to the theatre and see Bond destroying a gorgeous Aston Martin.

        And no one is Bond except for Sean Connery.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ian Fleming wrote in his Bond novels that James Bond's personal car was a Bentley.

        But then, what does he know, as he created the character ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        The GT coupe? He's a secret agent, not a fresh NBA draftee...
        • 4 Years Ago
        They already used a DB in 2008, and since Astons didn't change their looks noticeably since its introduction in 2004, there's no need to put the same car again and again. 007 is too big of franchise to reuse the same sets/cars over and over again. Especially the one that looks like it came from... well... 2004.

        I don't think Bentley was the best choice but then again Britain doesn't have any other elegant coupes... The real new Bond car that I can think of now is Mercedes SLS, but its german.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whoops, sorry Icon149, for repeating you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No bond has always driven a Bentley, it was Hollywood who put him in an aston, then a lotus, then a bmw. I think it's a fitting homage to Ian Flemming, the man responsible for bond in the first place, that he at least drive a Bentley.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another change due to product placements: Flemings Bond wore Rolex, not Omega.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honestly, I think that if it looks cool in the movie (which it will), there's no reason to fret about it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Say, didn't Auric Goldfinger drive a Bentley 337? I don't think it really matter what 007 drives because Aston Martin will always be associate with the character. Remember, 007 has driven BMW's, a Lotus, a Mustang, and even a few AMC's. Hey, it was the 1970s; most all cars sucked.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A British man driving a Bentley in Dubai. How trendy.
      • 4 Years Ago

      • 4 Years Ago
      Give Bond a coachbuilt two door Ghost, yeah, that's the ticket.

      And the villian should be in a Maybach, which gets blown up at the end of the movie. Blown up real good!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I personally don't like the sound of this; the traits of 007 I've come to appreciate are mismatched with a Continental GT.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did Ian Fleming (please note spelling) deputize or anoint this guy as his successor?
      I am SOOOOOO over "James Bond" movies but might consider watching a
      new screen version of any of the old Fleming books if they stayed with the book and didn't launch into fantastic and impossible stunts and resisted such blatent product
      placements. We all know this will never happen so Fleming and his creation are well and truly dead. Try not to roll over Mr. Fleming.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The non-Fleming Bonds have been written by Kingsley Amis (dad of Martin), John Gardner, Raymond Benson, and Sebastian Faulks.

        They weren't that bad actually.

        IIRC, Faulks and Amis seemed the most interesting. I got a little bit of "Roger Moore Bond"-vibe from the John Gardner ones.

        Don't know how JD got the job; -probably a foundation or EON or something.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't really care to read Bond...I want to WATCH Bond. With the next Bond movie in mothballs with the rest of MGM, unless they get their (stuff) straight, Bond is dead. Just when they found the perfect guy for the car too.
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