James Bond creator Ian Fleming's life reportedly mirrored his creation's in excitement; hopefully, for the sake of BBC America and Ecosse Films, that's not far from the truth. The two parties announced today plans to produce a four-part miniseries based on the author's life. The super-suave Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) will portray the lead.
Fleming, as the project is temporarily titled, will be helmed by Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo) and written by John Brownlow (Sylvia, staring current Bond, Daniel Craig) & Don MacPherson (Entrapment, staring former Bond, Sean Connery). It will trace its subject’s rise from down-on-his-luck stockbroker living off his family’s wealth to witty, well-respected naval intellgience officer. Although it wasn’t specified in BBC America’s press release, I’m sure flashy credits sequences, good music, martinis and other Bond trappings will be used liberally thoughout the series.
Shooting is scheduled to begin on Fleming in “early 2013,” according to BBC America; they haven’t mentioned when it’ll debut, though. If you ask me, they should pair it with their excellent-looking Spies of Warsaw. A two-hour block of intrigue would be right up my alley, how about your’s?