‘Fleming’ Trailer: The Story Behind the Man Who Made James Bond

Published 2 years ago by

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)

Fleming Dominic Cooper ‘Fleming’ Trailer: The Story Behind the Man Who Made James Bond

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.

Follow Kyle Hembree on Twitter @ProjectNightHam
Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. Please tell me this won’t be like Anonymous, another American film mocking a famous British person.

    • WAIT. A TV Show? Meh could be good but still, I hope they don’t just turn this into a way to insult another famous British person.

      • Sky Atlantic are British though. British channel owned by BSkyB, the same company that has given us great shows like Mad Dogs.

        Makes sense this news was announced now since it’s Bond Week again to celebrate the TV premiere of Skyfall. I’ll be watching.

  2. Ian Fleming served as personal assistant to the abrasive Rear Admiral John Godfrey (Director of Naval Intelligence for the Royal Navy) who recruited Fleming with no qualifications for the role.

    Having made enemies in other sectors of the government, Godfrey commonly ushered Fleming to liaise with key personnel necessary to Britain’s wartime administration: Joint Intelligence Committee, Special Operations Executive, Secret Intelligence Service, Prime Minister’s staff, et al.

    Fleming excelled in administration. His appointment came with a commission as “lieutenant” when promptly Fleming, promoted to “commander” within a mere several months, successfully reinforced his value as the Rear Admiral’s personal assistant.

    Nevertheless, questions of his recruitment and rapid rise in The Admiralty has arisen in retrospect; these advantages having gone unexamined and unexplained. Perhaps the TV series will chance to address and resolve such curiosities.

    Later, working under the code name “17F”, Fleming planned “Operation: Golden Eye”, and prepared Naval Intelligence units T-Force and 30 Assault, both of which he oversaw.

    A strategist who selected targets, Fleming strictly conceived operations well-behind enemy lines; and many, like “Operation: Ruthless”, were never carried out.

    Moving through a number of jobs on behalf of the war effort should make FLEMING, the TV series a “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” sort of genre, given that adequate license is allowed.

    Let’s see what happens. At this remove, other than some ersatz suspense here and there, I wouldn’t expect much else to appear — certainly not James Bond.

  3. Given the vulgarity and bile casually offered up here on Screen Rant — nattering that goes without MODERATION — my more sobering (and sane) comments about Ian Fleming is coming under review. Ridiculous…but expected.

  4. They better not make him out to be a heart-warming lovable legend. Fleming was a genius when he put pen to paper (he wrote Bond and Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang), but he was a monster to his family. Bond was his escape into a world where he made himself out to be more than he was. The character was modeled after himself, but he was open to changes after the success of the “Dr. No” film.

    Dominic Cooper looks like a James Bond, but not like Ian Fleming. So we’ll see

  5. It’s Dominic Cooper so I’m curious. For what it is.
    More myth than reality no doubt but who cares.

  6. Looks terrible.

  7. There have already been at least 2 Fleming movies. That said, I’d definitely watch this.