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"Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond" (TV show) is a drama series on BBC America about the life of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

Since "Casino Royale" was published in 1953, the world has been fascinated with James Bond and last year the film franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary. The series 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," "An Education," "The History Boys") stars as the celebrated author, 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.

Set at the outbreak of WWII — mischievous playboy Ian Fleming is untroubled by the specter of impending war — chasing women, collecting rare books and living off his family fortune. Forever in the shadow of his brother Peter (Rupert Evans, "World Without End"), and an eternal disappointment to his formidable mother Eve (Lesley Manville, "Maleficent"), Fleming dreams of becoming the 'ultimate' man — a hero, a lover, a brute and the one who always gets the girl. He is finally given some direction in his life when he's recruited by the Director of Naval Intelligence, Admiral John Godfrey (Samuel West, "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell"), to help in the effort against the Nazis. Suddenly, Fleming finds his chance to shine and prove his worth.

At first, Fleming's inclined to treat his new job in Naval Intelligence as a big adventure. But as he encounters the shocking consequences and challenges of war, he learns where his talents lie. With the somewhat skeptical support of tough-cookie Lieutenant Monday (Anna Chancellor, "The Hour"), Fleming's ability to spin a tale makes him a perfect fit for espionage and quickly takes him from pushing paper to stealing secrets.

From the director of the BAFTA-nominated "Road to Guantanamo," Mat Whitecross, the series captures both the opulence of high society London and the suspense and intrigue behind enemy lines. Through mind-blowing escapades at home and abroad, Fleming risks his life. At the same time, the stakes increase as Fleming faces his own inner demons, battling to breakdown the walls within and open himself to love. His chance encounter with the captivating baroness, Ann O'Neill (Lara Pulver, "Sherlock"), becomes a passionate affair that shapes both their lives. While Bond fans will spot many a nod to the legendary agent, the series is ultimately a gripping account of a playboy spy and the woman who won his heart.

"Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond" from Ecosse Films is a co-production for BBC America and Sky Atlantic and distributed by BBC Worldwide. The series is directed by Mat Whitecross ("Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll," "The Road to Guantanamo") and written by John Brownlow ("Sylvia," starring Daniel Craig and Gwyneth Paltrow) and Don MacPherson ("Entrapment," starring Sean Connery). The series was commissioned by Anne Mensah, Sky's Head of Drama. Huw Kennair-Jones is executive producer for Sky, Ecosse Films' Douglas Rae, Michael Parke and Robert Bernstein also executive produce. The series is produced by Sarah Curtis.


Network: BBC America
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 29, 2014
Seasons: 1
Production Company: Ecosse Films

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