The story of Ian Fleming for Sky Atlantic.
Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double, The History Boys) is to portray James Bond creator, Ian Fleming in a new 4-part drama ‘Fleming’ (working title), from Ecosse Films is a co-production for Sky Atlantic and BBC America.
Cooper will play 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.
About his casting, Cooper said:
“’Stepping into the shoes of the spy who not only created the enigmatic character of 007, but who fantasised about being him, has to be every actor’s dream. I am honoured that Sky Atlantic and Ecosse have given me this opportunity.”
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 whilst indulging his passions of alcohol, erotic literature and sexual conquests.
But having been forced into Naval Intelligence through family connections, Fleming found a calling. Utilising his vivid imagination, charm and mischievous sense of humour 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.
Directed by Mat Whitecross (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) and Written by John Brownlow (Sylvia) and Don MacPherson (Entrapment). Huw Kennair-Jones is Executive Producer for Sky, Ecosse Films’ Douglas Rae, Michael Parke and Robert Bernstein also Executive Produce. Producer is Sarah Curtis.
‘Fleming‘ begins filming on location in the United Kingdom and Budapest in early 2013 and will transmit on Sky Atlantic HD later this year.