There are very few people alive who do not know the name of James Bond, yet it always surprises me how few know of his creator, Ian Fleming, and how it was his experiences as a playboy and spy that would influence his, well, playboy spy.
And according to this teaser trailer, it seems that Fleming, a four-part mini-series biopic about the man, will be showing us all about that action-man spook side.
Daniel Craig, is that you?! While that teaser doesn’t really show us much, it’s quite clear which angle the marketing will be pushing. It will be interesting to see whether director Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo) and writers John Brownlow (Sylvia) and Don MacPherson (Entrapment) keep it factual, or just start making stuff up for the sake of trying to make the creator more like the creation. The moment Dominic Cooper starts fighting an old Russian lady with a poisoned knife in her shoe, then you know which way they’re leaning.
Fleming, which is currently just a working title, will be a joint production between Ecrosse Films, Sky Atlantic and BBC America.
‘Fleming’ takes a no holds barred look at Ian Fleming, the man behind the James Bond legend whose real life was as exciting, eventful and sexually charged as his famous creation. Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double, An Education, The History Boys, Mamma Mia) will play Ian Fleming, a charming, sophisticated maverick whose dilettanti, pleasure seeking life was turned around by WWII and led to the creation of the best known spy the world has ever known. The outbreak of WWII saw a young Fleming as an unsuccessful stockbroker already with a failed army career behind him, living off his rich family while indulging his passions of alcohol, erotic literature and sexual conquests.
But having been forced into Naval Intelligence through family connections, Fleming found a calling. Utilizing his vivid imagination, charm and mischievous sense of humor he was responsible for some of the most outrageous counter intelligence missions against the Nazis, full of danger and intrigue, the experience of which would form the basis of the Bond books. Set against the permissive society of war-torn London, where champagne (and martinis) were always flowing and beds were always being swapped, Fleming explores the early life of the charming, enigmatic creator of 007.
Last Updated: July 2, 2013