Possibly two of the worst actors we have at the moment IMO.
The real On Her Majesty’s Secret Service …
Fleming – Sky Atlantic - four part mini-series.
‘Playboy, Gambler, Spy.’
No, not 007, but Ian Fleming, the author behind everyone's favourite secret agent - at least according to Sky Atlantic's new drama series. Starring Dominic Cooper as the former spy-turned-novelist, Fleming looks set to follow the author's career as he rose from Rear Admiral's assistant to head up a secretive WWII intelligence unit that ultimately inspired his Bond franchise.
The cast certainly looks strong, with Lara Pulver (last seen nakedly seducing Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock) playing his one-time lover Ann O'Neill; and Annabelle Wallis (Jane Seymour in The Tudors) plays the stunningly beautiful and athletic Muriel Wright, Fleming’s life-long love and tragic war-time lover. Muriel Wright, 26, with her Ingrid Bergman looks, was considered by Fleming to be almost perfect – ‘the Wright girl for him’ - she is thought to have been the inspiration for his two most famous, quintessential, yet doomed Bond girls: Vesper Lynd and Contessa Teresa (Tracy) di Vicenzo.
The military costumes are as stylish as you'd expect. But while the Bond-heavy first trailer might as well be a filmed down a gun barrel ("People always want to make Ian into Bond," as Lucy Fleming once told GQ) Fleming's story looks set to be just as compelling as one of his novels.
It was a romance which survived numerous affairs and marriages to other people.And in the forthcoming mini series Fleming, it looks like James Bond author Ian Fleming's long love affair and eventual marriage with Ann Charteris will be a main focus.
In the first stills from the new series, actor Dominic Cooper and Lara Pulver show their on-screen chemistry as Ian and Ann as they fell in love during World War II.
Filming on the Sky Atlantic series had only just started, when producers gave viewers a sneak peek at what to expect with the stills and a short teaser trailer. Dominic, 35, looks dapper in his Naval uniform as he plays Fleming during his time in the Royal Navy, where he served during the war.
Sherlock star Lara plays Ann, who first fell for Ian in 1939 when she was married to Baron O'Neill. When she was left widowed by the death of O'Neill in the war, she was expected to marry Ian, but he decided to remain single.
In 1945 she tied the knot with Esmond Harmsworth, the heir to Lord Rothermere, owner of the Daily Mail - who she had also been having an affair with during the war.
Despite her marriage, the couple continued their romance, with Ann giving birth to Ian's stillborn daughter in 1948.
Viscount Rothermere divorced Ann in 1951 due to her affair with Ian, with her eventually marrying the latter in Jamaica the following year. The couple remained married until Ian's death of a heart attack in 1961, despite having numerous affairs with other people.
More kinky behaviour from Lara …
The mini-series is believed to draw on the couple's sexually explicit letters to each other, in which they discussed their obsession with kinky SM behaviour such as flagellation.
The TV series will also explore Ian’s complex relationship with his mother Evelyn St Croix Rose - who once forced him to break off an engagement because she disliked his fiancée - and with other women in his life.
An executive involved with the production said: 'It tells the story of how Fleming desperately wanted to be someone he couldn’t be, so he created the person he wanted to be on the page and that person was James Bond.'
The series will start in the late 1920s, when Ian failed as a stockbroker, but managed to transform himself into a lothario.
Fleming – the mini-series is due to start on Sky Atlantic - Autumn 2013
Daily Mail/GQ Magazine – July 2013
Very much looking forward to it.
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Possibly two of the worst actors we have at the moment IMO.
Sky Atlantic ... Wednesday 12th February 2014 ... 9.00-10.00pm
The new big-budget four-part mini-series on the life of Ian Fleming starts on Sky Atlantic on 12th February. Dominic Cooper stars as James Bond author Ian Fleming in this stylish and compelling new drama. Co-stars Lara Pulver and Anna Chancellor.
The DVD of Fleming is available to pre-order from Amazon: £10-50.
Hope it's better than "The Secret Life Of Ian Fleming" that they talked Jason Connery into making back in 1990. Should be easy.
Ian Fleming died Aug 1964, not 1961 as it says in the Sky blurb.
I’m looking forward to it as well Mrs Peel. My favourite version of his bio/story is Goldeneye starring Charles Dance and Phyllis Logan. Julian Fellowes is brilliant as Noel Coward too. I’m sure it will be at least as good as that.
I thoroughly enjoyed the opening episode of Fleming - it has a big TV film budget which gives it a sumptuous Bondian feel - pacey, crisp, wiitty, sexy with some nice nods to John Barry.
I thought it was well cast, Lara Pulver particularly outstanding, as the deliciously erotic Ann O'Neill
- a Fleming/Bondian woman rather than girl.
Lara would be superb casting for the next Bond film.
Fabulous opening sequences in the warmth of the Caribbean at Goldeneye, Jamaica, with distinct echoes of the scene from Thunderball with Connery and Claudine Auger... to the freezing ski-slopes and alpine train at Kitzbuhel, Austria... with some deft glimpses of the famous concluding line from Casino Royale - and some S&M love making ...
Partially based on John Pearson's biography The Life of Ian Fleming.
DVD release 10/3/14.
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Thanks for the post Mrs Peel. I haven't seen it yet but I'm looking forward to it even more now. I'm recording them to watch all in one go.
The CGI was brilliant and made for a very good feel to the production right from the start. The use of Femings real London home was also a pointer to getting something a bit speacial but then......... It may be me. As it went on it seemed like the makers don't know which direction they want to take the story. Fact or comic book boys own stuff. It might be one of those series that you need to sit down and watch in one go. I think I tend to pick over episodes to much during the down time so silly thing annoy me. Like Samuel West playing a Rear Admiral with a goatie. The Royal Navey only allows a full set of whiskers. No moustaches only beards. I don't think I would be that bothered about it if I watched the story in one hit, getting into more important threads etc. It hasn't lost me completely yet, I'm still willing to hang in and give it a chance.
I must hold the record on this site for killing, ending or finishing threads. So, I watched episode three last night and I think it has taken the comic book trail. History has gone right out the window and the more I watch the more I think Pip Torrens would have made a better Fleming. He is more like Fleming in looks and build than Dominic Cooper. Even though Cooper is the wright age he's much to short and has no class. Torrens may be 16 years to old for the part but he looks like a 35 year old man from the 40's and he carrys himself like one as well. All he needs is a different wig.
I'll watch the last episode just to see how far they will go off track but it looks like a bit of a missed chance to me.
Why on earth would anyone watch Sky TV??
Girls, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Dol and Em, Young Doctor's Notebook there are many very good shows on Sky.
Dominic Cooper is absolutely superb playing two roles in The Devil's Double.
As I was unable to find an Italian Neorealism film to watch that could satisfy my hunger to explore what represented changes in the psyche and conditions of post war Italian life. And I had spilled my last bottle of Moscato d'Asti over my Daily Mail I switched over to SKY and watched the last episode of Fleming. It all seemed a bit of a mess in the end. This was a shame as the production quality was high but the story didn't know where it was going. Still that's what I get for lowering the tone.
Just finished watching this after being immersed in Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes.
I thought it was very good. I would have liked more on his time in Jamaica and the birth of Bond, but overall it followed the John Pearson biography although there were some outrageous additional events that portrayed him far beyond his war time role.
Dominic Cooper was clearly a dreadful casting choice. No physical resemblance and not nearly arrogant enough. A better choice would have been Daniel Mays if he could have pulled off the accent and snobbish air. Lara Pulver was excellent as Anne O’Neill. For a better film bio of Fleming try Goldeneye (1989) starring Charles Dance.