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Boyd to pen a Bond

Acclaimed British novelist William Boyd said Thursday he hopes to bring James Bond back to his roots when he pens the next installment of the suave superspy saga.

HarperCollins Publishers said Boyd will be the next hired gun to step into Ian Fleming's English-made shoes. Fleming died in 1964 after creating the 007 character, who has been celebrated in the longest running film franchise of all time.

Boyd, known for "Restless," "Any Human Heart" and other books, will follow successful novelists Sebastian Faulks and Jeffrey Deaver, who have also written recent authorized Bond novels.

The Boyd book, which does not have a title yet, is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2013, 60 years after the publication of "Casino Royale," the first in the series.

Boyd said he plans to pattern the new novel on "classic Bond" and to set it in the late 1960s.

"When the Ian Fleming estate invited me to write the new James Bond novel, I accepted at once," Boyd said in a statement. "For me the prospect appeared incredibly exciting and stimulating -- a once-in-a-lifetime challenge. In fact my father introduced me to the James Bond novels in the 1960s and I read them all then -- 'From Russia with Love' being my favorite.'

The novel will be published in Britain by Jonathan Cape -- Ian Fleming's original publisher and an imprint of Vintage Publishing -- and simultaneously by HarperCollins Publishers in the U.S. and Canada.


Scarlett turning red

Scarlett Johansson admits it still bothers her to think countless people have likely seen her naked.

The actress speaks out in the May issue of Vogue magazine about having her email hacked last year where private photos she took for ex-husband Ryan Reynolds were leaked online.

Johansson talks about going out to dinner and feeling "paranoid" that people in the restaurant had seen her body.

Still, she says she doesn't want pity and has coped by "tuning it all out." Because of that, she stopped following celebrity gossip and reading stories about herself.


'Hospital' renewed

It looks like ABC is not ready to totally give up on the soap opera genre. The network has renewed its one remaining soap, "General Hospital," meaning it will be around for its 50th anniversary on April 1, 2013. The lifestyle show "The Revolution" is not so lucky. It has been canceled and will air its final episode in July.

Cutting "The Revolution" makes room for Katie Couric's talk show to premiere in September. The news was first announced by the website Deadline Hollywood. Former "One Life to Live" executive producer Frank Valentini took over at "GH" in January. He brought back veteran actors like Daytime Emmy winner Finola Hughes and introduced a few key "OLTL" characters.

"General Hospital" is the longest-running U.S. soap on TV.

-- From News and wire services