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In the BBC mini-series Fleming: The Man Who Would Be BondDominic Cooper plays 007 creator Ian Fleming in a biographical story that follows the author through his career in British Naval Intelligence. This isn’t quite Bond 24, though there’s definitely an attempt to make Fleming’s life look as much as possible like the screen life of his famous creation. Was Fleming really a suave player, prepared for everything? By all accounts he definitely created Bond in his own image, but this mini-series seems to be pushing that angle above all others.

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Fleming, a televised mini-series biography of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, is the product of a cooperation between Ecosse Films, BBC AMERICA and Sky Atlantic. The four-part series stars Dominic Cooper as the author and Navy intelligence man, and based on this first teaser there will be some attempt to directly link Fleming’s life to the  basic film image of his most famous creation. Check out a bit of footage below. Read More »

Dominic Cooper to Play James Bond Creator Ian Fleming

The $1 billion worldwide box office take for Skyfall is proof positive that affection for James Bond is alive and well. It only makes sense, then, that there are now plans in place to highlight the man who invented him. Dominic Cooper has signed on to play Bond author Ian Fleming in a four-episode British miniseries tentatively titled Fleming. He’s joined by Annabelle Wallis, who’ll play rumored Bond Girl inspiration Muriel Wright.

While some authors are more adventurous on the page than in real life, Fleming was by most accounts the basis for his famed creation. Many of Bond’s daring escapades were inspired by Fleming’s own experiences in intelligence. And also like Bond, Fleming was notorious for boozing and womanizing. Read more after the jump.

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Leonardo DiCaprio as the Real James Bond?

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Leonardo DiCaprio‘s company Appian Way bought the rights to make Fleming, a film based on the life of British author Ian Fleming, best known as the creator of James Bond. The story follows Fleming, who fought as a Commander of Naval Intelligence in World War II while creating James Bond and the many characters from his books. Apparently most of the characters in Bond are actually based on areal people Fleming encountered. Writer Damian Stevenson describes the film as “Shakespeare in Love or Finding Neverland with some real-life Bond-like espionage and female flattery thrown in.”

And while it has not been stated that DiCaprio would play Fleming, most insiders assume that Appian Way is developing the project as a starring vehicle for DiCaprio. I could definitely see DiCaprio playing the British author, but will he ever find time? IMDb lists seven projects on the actor’s development table.

Discuss: What do you think of  DiCaprio as the real James Bond?

source: Los Angeles Times

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