With his dark hair and cool charisma, Captain America: The First Avenger star Dominic Cooper seems like he was born to the play the role of James Bond. Since Daniel Craig is planning to hold on to the part for some time, however, Cooper is currently doing the next best thing: starring as Bond author Ian Fleming in BBC America's biographical miniseries Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond.
With Fleming arriving on BBC America at the end of January, a new trailer has been released that will no doubt catch the attention of Bond fans. Based on the trailer's content. it looks like Fleming is definitely being sold as a kind of budget Bond movie complete with gambling, guns and a Bond girl. The latter is Fleming's lover and eventual wife, Ann Charteris, who is played by Sherlock's Irene Adler, Lara Pulver.
Fleming did work as an intelligence officer prior to becoming a successful author, and many of the details in his spy novels were based on knowledge he garnered throughout his career. Fleming mainly worked in planning and directing intelligence operations rather than fighting on the front lines or going undercover himself, so the shots of him firing machine guns in an army uniform and making out with Charteris in an exploding building indicate that this might be a rather embellished account of his life.
Fleming will also provide some nice filler between 2012's Skyfall and the release of the 24th film in the James Bond franchise, which is set for release in fall 2015 with Craig returning to play the role for the fourth time in his career. Cooper, meanwhile, can be seen in next year's Need for Speed adaptation and has indicated that he will return as Howard Stark in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
This will not be the first biography of the author to grace television screens; Fleming has already been portrayed numerous times by actors such as Charles Dance, Ben Daniels and Jason Connery. Watch this latest trailer and tell us in the comments if you think Cooper has what it takes to define the role.
Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond premieres Wednesday 29th January, 2014 at 10/9c on BBC America.
Source: BBC America