Carte Blanche novel, first day US issue, signed by author Jeffery Deaver

First edition, first impression, first day of US publication: James Bond 007 novel, Carte Blanche, signed by author Jeffery Deaver, to Dell Deaton: "the James Bond Watch Guy!"

New York City—

The new Ian Fleming James Bond continuation novel, Carte Blanche, by author Jeffery Deaver was published today in the United States.

Marking the occasion, publisher Simon & Schuster held a special invitation-only VIP launch party here in New York. It’s a distinct honor to have been included among the guests here tonight.

Over the course of the new few blog posts on the James Bond Watches Blog, I’ll begin to share details most relevant to the focus we have here. At several points during the evening, Jeffery Deaver and I specifically discussed his James Bond watch choices for Carte Blanche.

It was particularly fascinating to get into details of his interest in horology as a plot device — far beyond mere awareness of the Rolex 1016 Explorer worn by Agent 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963).

Mr Deaver is one of the most approachable, likable people you could ever ask to meet. Having a sense of the moment in history here, I asked him to personally sign a copy of Carte Blanche for me, dated June 14, 2011. As he completed the text, he said, “and, I have to do this for you.” He then continue reading…