King Charles' new coronation tribute includes a major pop culture icon – but there’s a sad connection to the late Queen

James Bond is back – and it’s all to save King Charles’ coronation

King Charles' coronation tributes now involve a new James Bond book
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A new James Bond novel will be published to celebrate King Charles’ coronation. The iconic British spy will return as he faces a race against time to save the King’s upcoming coronation in a new story to be released ahead of the May 6 ceremony. Proceeds from the Bond novel will go towards supporting the National Literacy Trust, which provides disadvantaged children with literacy skills.

The name’s Charles. King Charles.

Among the many celebrations and tributes planned for King Charles’ coronation this May, none are quite as suave as this.

A whole new James Bond story has been commissioned by comedian and Young Bond author Charlie Higson, and it’ll see the legendary British spy take on a mission to save the coronation from nefarious forces.

The tribute will feel extra special for the King who gets to take after his mother - the late Queen Elizabeth famously featured in a James Bond sketch for the London 2012 Olympics.

The new Bond novel also bears some touching significance. The 007 spy has, for most people’s lifetime, been a member on Her Majesty’s Secret Service. But now, as we fully move away from the Elizabethan era with Charles’ coronation and the start of the Carolean era, Bond will work for His Majesty’s Secret Service.

The book – titled On His Majesty's Secret Service is due for publication on May 4, two days ahead of the coronation.

James Bond is a true British icon, with the royals attending film premieres in the past

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On His Majesty’s Secret Service also comes 60 years after the publication of Bond creator Ian Fleming's tenth novel, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

"When Ian Fleming Publications came to me with the idea of writing an adult Bond story a little more than a month ago I was thrilled -- until I realised it had to be ready for the coronation in May," Charlie Higson said in a statement.

"Getting it written and turned around in such a short space of time was going to be as tense and heart-pounding as any Bond mission. Although, of course, nobody would actually be shooting at me. Fleming famously wrote fast, and I channelled that energy. And now it's so exciting for me to finally enter the world of grown-up Bond."

King Charles has previously visited the set of James Bond movies, but now he's getting his own story

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Despite the coronation being a serious affair, Charlie promised fans the usual cocktail of "sex, violence, cars, a colorful villain with a nasty henchman, and of course, Bond himself” for the novel.

“The coronation of King Charles III is a momentous occasion for the country," said Corinne Turner, managing director of Ian Fleming Publications.

"We asked ourselves how we could celebrate it, and the answer seemed obvious. Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Secret Service was first published on April 1 1963. What better way, 60 years on, to mark this new chapter in history than with a brand new story: On His Majesty's Secret Service?"

Jack Slater
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