Robert Ludlum

Robert Ludlum
Robert Ludlum

Robert Ludlum may have died before seeing his character Jason Bourne become one of the biggest franchises on the movie screen. He also died before seeing his character Jason Bourne return in already seven more books, credited as 'Robert Ludlum's The Bourne...something or other' and written by Eric Van Lustbader (which would make a great Bourne villain name itself, no?).