Earlier this morning Bentleys, Bond Girls and British paratroopers all took part in what’s far and away the most impressive book launch we’ve ever seen.

Carte Blanche, the latest in Jeffrey Deaver’s continuation of Ian Fleming’s 007 series, was delivered to London’s St. Pancras station by Royal Marines Commandos, no less.

Deaver himself arrived in a special Carte Blanche Bentley Continental GT like the one driven by 007 in the book, accompanied by a bodacious Bond Girl on a BSA 1966 Spitfire motorbike (below).

The author arrived in a Carte Blanche Bentley Continental GT accompanied by a bodacious Bond Girl on a BSA

The event was held in honor of Fleming, who would have celebrated his 103rd birthday this weekend, and who oversaw a squad of Royal Navy commandos during World War II.

Fleming’s niece, who was on hand for the occasion, noted the late author, who drove a classic Bentley himself (below) would have loved the proceedings.

We’ve no doubt that’s true – especially if he’d been allowed to take home the Continental and Bond Girl afterward.

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