William Boyd, the latest author to pen a James Bond novel, says he would like Daniel Day-Lewis to play the famed secret agent in a film adaptation of his Bond book.

Boyd, author of A Good Man in Africa and An Ice Cream War, is about to publish his Bond novel, Solo, which is set in 1969 and written in the style of Ian Fleming, Bond creator and author of 16 Bond books and short stories.

Boyd told The Independent in the UK, “If there was going to be an actor to play my James Bond, I’d choose another actor who’s been in a film of mine and who is also called Daniel.

“Daniel Day-Lewis actually resembles the Bond that Fleming describes. He was a tall, lean, rangy, very dark-haired, good-looking man. There’s a sense that image is what he saw his Bond looking like.”

Boyd added, “The current Bond is fantastically interesting even though the current films are half a century on than the novels. The link gets fainter and fainter. The Bond films are contemporary.”