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Peter Janson-Smith dies

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#1 stromberg


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Posted 16 April 2016 - 07:50 PM

Ian Fleming's long time agent Peter Janson-Smith has died, aged 93.



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Posted 23 April 2016 - 08:24 PM


Raymond Benson says, "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."

2015 was bad enough, but 2016 is set to be a very bad year for Bond alumni.

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 08:31 PM

The Bookseller obituary

Ah, no obituary is complete without a Kingsley Amis drinking story...

"Peter seemed ill at ease there and made little mark as a commissioning editor. His office boasted an enormous fridge; I worked for the press at the time, and remember how Peter and I would often meet Kingsley Amis to discuss his forthcoming New Oxford Book of Light Verse. On the dot of 11.15 a.m. Amis would invariably say ‘Peter, that fridge looks interesting.’ The first of many corks was pulled, and progress on the book ground to a halt."

More obituaries, including one from the official IFP website






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Posted 21 May 2016 - 08:33 PM

Well, cheers!