Maev Kennedy at the British newspaper The Guardian reports that the late Ian Fleming and the late Agatha Christie lead the list of top-earning British crime writers.
Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, has beaten Agatha Christie to the title of most successful – and highest earning – British crime writer of all time.
The first crime writers rich list, prepared for the crime drama digital TV channel Alibi, is based on recorded sales, box office returns, licence fees and company accounts. It reveals that many dead writers, including Fleming and Christie, live on as flourishing brands.
It puts Fleming in first place at more than £100m, with more than 100m copies of the Bond books sold worldwide. Christie comes a close second at £100m exactly, including ticket sales from The Mousetrap, the longest running stage play in the world, a fixture in London's West End since 1952.
But, as The Guardian noted, both Fleming and Christie were beaten hands down by the Yanks - American writers John Grisham, at $600m (£366m), and Dan Brown, at $400m.
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