BBC America announced today they will co-produce a new four-part drama with the working title of Fleming, which will be about the life of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.
Box office star Dominic Cooper (‘An Education’ and ‘Mamma Mia’) will play Ian Fleming, a charming, sophisticated maverick whose dilettanti, pleasure-seeking life was turned around by World War II and led to the creation of the best known spy the world has ever known.
The outbreak of World War II 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.
“Stepping into the shoes of the spy who not only created the enigmatic character of 007, but who fantasized about being him, has to be every actor’s dream”, shared Cooper about being cast in the lead role.
‘Fleming’ (again the working title) will be filmed on location in the United Kingdom and Budapest in early 2013 and will be directed by Mat Whitecross (‘The Road to Guantanamo’) and written by John Brownlow (‘Sylvia’) and Don MacPherson (‘Entrapment’).