Dominic Cooper to star in new Sky Atlantic drama about James Bond author Ian Fleming

by Lisa McGarry

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Sky Atlantic HD today announced that film star Dominic Cooper will take the lead role in FLEMING (working title), a new original drama about the life of Bond creator Ian Fleming. The four part drama from Ecosse Films is a co-production for Sky Atlantic and BBC America and distributed by BBC Worldwide.

Since Casino Royale was published in 1953, the world has been fascinated with James Bond. 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, The History Boys) 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.

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.”

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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.

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.

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Elaine Pyke, Director of Sky Atlantic, said: “Fleming is a great addition to Sky Atlantic’s growing drama slate; exciting, thrilling and with the ambition and scale of a film, I can’t wait for our customers to get an insight into the real-life Bond and the creation of a global icon”

Douglas Rae, Executive Producer for Ecosse Films, added: “Ian Fleming’s story is as dramatic and entertaining as any of the Bond films. I’m thrilled that we are able to tell this extraordinary story on such an exciting channel as Sky Atlantic.”