A decade before he began writing what would become the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, author Ian Fleming was employed as a top agent for British Naval Intelligence. Though he did not fight on the front lines of World War II, Fleming was heavily involved in the planning and execution of several major spy and commando operations against the Axis.
Having said that his war experiences directly influenced the creation of 007, Fleming makes for an interesting choice for a biopic – something bandied about for quite a while. British broadcast Sky Atlantic will be the first out of the gate with its upcoming miniseries, Fleming. Set during the manic days of 1940s London, Fleming is a drama following the future author’s encounters with the intelligence set and a wealthy baroness who will change the course of his life.
Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) heads Fleming’s cast, stepping into the well-polished shoes of the man himself. Also starring are Rupert Evans (Hellboy), Lara Pulver (True Blood), and Camilla Rutherford (The Borgias)
The first teaser trailer for Fleming is all tease, little trailer. Unless the series is going for a drastically revised version of Fleming’s wartime service, it’s unlikely that the intelligence officer will be doing much direct spycraft.
That said, the short preview does do quite a good job at setting the tone for what will (hopefully) be part drama, part paranoid thriller. At the very least, Sky Atlantic is certainly making sure that audiences link Fleming to his eventual creation – even if the author’s adventures weren’t quite as over the top as a Bond’s.
Fleming will premiere on Sky Atlantic later this year. The miniseries should appear stateside via BBC America in early 2014.