Image Credit: Susie AllnuttSir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes solved crimes in Victorian London. Ian Fleming’s James Bond fought villains across the globe during the Cold War. Both iconic Brit heroes appear to have a never-ending hold on the world’s population: The 007 movies have been a box office force for half a century, while the detective from Baker Street has recently inspired a new movie franchise and a thrilling new TV series. Now, both heroes will return to their original medium: According to the Daily Mail, 2011 will witness the publication of a new, officially authorized Holmes novel by Alex Rider novelist Anthony Horowitz and a new James Bond novel written by Jeffery Deaver, author of The Bone Collector.

I’m a total Bondophile, so I’m definitely interested to see Deaver’s take on the franchise. The novel, called Carte Blanche, will be set in Dubai, a Middle Eastern milieu that the big-screen Bonds have mostly ignored. Carte Blanche will apparently be set in the modern day, unlike Sebastian Faulks’ enjoyably retro Devil May Care.

How about you, Shelf Lifers? Which Brit-lit hero are you more excited about?