Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Even as EON Productions pulls the wrapper off the first trailer for the twenty-third James Bond film, Skyfall, another company is planning to chronicle the life of the man who created Bond.
In fact, there are some who say that Ian Fleming was Bond. Born into a wealthy family, Fleming was educated abroad, spent time as a writer for Reuters (a job his mother landed for him) and worked in banking and finance for a time before being recruited into the Royal Navy in 1939. There he flourished, forming a group of specialized intelligence troops, among many other accomplishments. He worked again in journalism after the war, and in the early ’50s began to write the James Bond novels from his Jamaican home.
Now Duncan Jones, who directed Moon and Source Code, will make a film about the writer. Called Fleming, the movie is based on Andrew Lycett‘s biography Ian Fleming, the Man Behind James Bond, and scripted by Matt Brown. Read More »
Tracy Morgan is set to take a turn in a police drama called Son of No One, in which he’ll play a role originally set for Terrence Howard. Co-stars are Katie Holmes (continuing her comeback streak), Juliette Binoche and Channing Tatum, with Ray Liotta and Al Pacino. Dito Montiel directs.
Channing is the lead character, “a young cop assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, with an old secret surfacing and threatening to destroy his life and family.” Morgan will play a friend of Channing’s character. This could be a good move for the actor; I’d love to see Morgan break away from his increasingly predictable comic persona to show some dramatic chops. [THR]
After the break, Sean Bean and Danny Dyer join a sorta-Ian Fleming biopic and Kate Hudson joins a romance. Read More »
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There have been a handful of television biopics of James Bond author Ian Fleming, the most famous of which actually starred Sean Connery’s son Jason Connery as Fleming. Surprisingly, however, there’s never been a big-screen version of his life. Development of the first one has been underway for some time, and now if reports are correct a very appropriate lead actor is attached to bring Bond’s creator back to life. Read More »