Sunday, April 17, 2016

Peter Janson-Smith passes away at 93

Ian Fleming's literary agent, Peter Janson-Smith, has passed away at age 93. Peter was a force behind the original James Bond novels and, as the head of Glidrose, oversaw the continuation novels by John Gardner and Raymond Benson. Raymond Benson shared the news on Facebook with a tribute to his mentor and friend.

It is with great sadness that I share the news that Peter Janson-Smith has passed away. Peter, who hired me to write James Bond novels in the mid-90s, was a mentor, a teacher, a friend, and someone I called my "English dad." Peter had a long, distinguished career as a literary agent in England. He was Ian Fleming's agent as well as Eric Ambler's and many other great authors. He sold Anthony Burgess' "Clockwork Orange." He was the trustee for Winnie the Pooh. So many accomplishments, too many to name here. I will miss him terribly. Thank you, Peter, for everything you did for me, and for everything you did to better our world.

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