This article or section is a work in progress. If it seems lacking, that is because it is actively being constructed and researched. Smith continued to work for Fleming until his death in He would defend the rights of the James Bond novels until his retirement in his eighties. Smith had died on 15th April possibly from natural causes. His custodianship of the Fleming literacy legacy was long and dedicated and impressive and as a man of integrity and easy company he formed close friendships with many of the writes, publishers, and collectors and other significant people within the world of Bond, all of whom will mourn his death.
The Literary James Bond Magazine
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John Peter Janson-Smith
By Raymond Benson. Peter Janson-Smith passed away on Friday, April 15, , at the age of He was a giant in the world of British publishing, a major figure in that arena for nearly seventy years. In short, I owe much of my career to him. It was a warm event celebrating the life and career of a dear person to all of us. Sometime in the late s, I talked him into allowing me to interview him for a piece that I could present as a profile of an unsung hero behind the scenes of James Bond. The story was published in the spring issue of Crimespree Magazine, and then later reproduced on the CommanderBond. When asked how he became a literary agent, Janson-Smith explains that any ex-members of Oxford university serving in the army during World War II were entitled free of charge to have on demobilization the services of an employment appointments board. Peters , a famous literary agent in England. He was looking for an ex-service man to be his assistant.
This is the appreciation I wrote the following week, based on an interview I conducted with him in the run-up to his 90th birthday celebrations. In , Peter Janson-Smith was pondering how he could leave the employment of literary agents Curtis Brown and set up on his own. He knew he had the capability, but the cash flow challenges seemed daunting. He would have to recruit authors, secure publishing deals for them, wait for their books to be written and published, then a further six months for the first royalty cheques to come in. Shortly afterwards, Ambler was at a dinner party and heard a fellow guest complaining about his lack of overseas book sales. The writer was sure that his hero had universal appeal, even though he was a very English character, yet only one foreign-language deal had been signed. Fleming had concluded his own deal in the UK with Jonathan Cape and had a US agent, but he was able to place his translation rights with Janson-Smith, who acted with alacrity.