Hardback-cover-STKLights. Camera. Murder. Young Bond, James Bond, is back. And this time he is in Hollywood. After a six-year interlude, the title and eye-catching cover design of the new Young Bond hardback by Steve Cole were unveiled today (28th May) at the Hay Literary Festival. The title of the new adventure is Shoot To Kill.

Unveiled appropriately on the 106th anniversary of 007 author Ian Fleming’s birthday, the special reveal event saw new Young Bond author Steve Cole and previous author Charlie Higson take to the podium in a large marquee to mark the official handover of the series from Higson to Cole. Together the duo unveiled a giant replica bookcover of Shoot To Kill, which has a striking black and metallic design.

Steve Cole told the media: ‘I am both honoured and hugely excited to be taking on Young Bond from Charlie. I am having a fantastic time shaping a new era in the life of this truly iconic character – readers can expect many firsts, surprises and dangers to come as James’s exploits continue’.

Handing over the reins to Steve, Charlie Higson said that, as a lifelong Bond fan, having the opportunity to write five Young Bond books and bring the most famous secret agent in the world to a younger generation ‘was a total blast’.

Higson also said that being part of the James Bond legacy ‘was a real honour and I know only too well what excitement is in store for Steve as he begins a new chapter for Young Bond‘.

Advanced teaser publicity for the new story indicates that the new book will see the young James in 1930s Hollywood, and something deeply sinister is going on in Tinseltown, which only Bond can sort out.

The hardcover edition of Shoot To Kill will be published in the UK on 6th November, 2014.