Carte Blanche updates James Bond's backstory to fit with the 21st century setting, making it the first ever reboot of the literary James Bond series. Jeffery Deaver has stated that his James Bond will have been born in 1979, making him a veteran of the war in Afghanistan (Operation Herrick) instead of a World War II veteran and Cold War secret agent as originally conceived by creator Ian Fleming.
Set in mid-2011, the story takes place over the course of a week. James Bond is a former Royal Naval Reserve officer who has recently joined the Overseas Development Group - a covert operational unit of British security under the control of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office tasked "to identify and eliminate threats to the country by extraordinary means." Bond is an agent with the 00 Section of O (Operations) Branch of the ODG.
Carte Blanch – Unrestricted power to act at one's own discretion
The book contains most of the elements of a typical Bond story:
1. A sinister threat to the world by an unlikely villain and a sinister villain female
2. A wild goose chase that runs through different countries
3. Fast paced action
4. A twist and betrayal at the end.
5. Bond saves the day.
6. The high tech gadgets
7. Bond’s Car and high speed car chase
8. And of course, the BOND GIRLS.
The story started in Serbia, moves to Dubai and ends up in Cape Town Africa. A businessman with a sick fascination for dead bodies, now wants to expand his fetish and now be the one to cause the deaths and not only see the aftermath. Bond chases him from Serbia to Cape town only to discover that he was chasing the “front act or diversion.” The villain's allies was actually aiming to start a war in Africa.
In the end, Bond still saves the day.
There are just some small differences that the author(Deaver) made against the Bond movies that we have seen. M (Bond’s boss) is portrayed as a man in the book while the movies showed M as a woman. Q Branch head (bonds weapons maker) is now a man named Sanu Hirani. Ian Flemings Bond have Mayor Boothroyd as Q Branch head. Fleming’s Bond is a smoker while Deaver’s is a ex-smoker.
Bond’s car is a Bentley Continental GT. He also drove a SUBARU in the book.
His weapon – a walther and an iphone (modified and named as iQphone).
I hope they make this into a movie.