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Fleming media banks on Price Estate

The family of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, is entering the literary rights market by joining forces with the teenage detective stars of Willard Price's Adventure series. Fleming Media, the investment fund run by the Bond author's great-nephew Matthew, will announce today that it has paid an undisclosed six-figure sum for the Price literary estate. It is the first deal to be signed by Fleming Literary Management, a new arm of the group, which is understood to have a multi-million pound war chest.

The main beneficiaries of the deal will be Price's 91-year-old son, Robert, who lives in the US, and his granddaughter, Mary. Under plans by their new owners, Hal and Roger, the main characters of the Adventure books, will star in further stories, possibly with a female companion to broaden appeal. The existing 14 books feature the conservation-minded Hal and Roger on increasingly-fraught international expeditions.

As written in The Telegraph, 17/11/2006

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