Fleming shows how James Bond author was a roguish playboy who chased women

This brand new drama reveals that before the author’s thrilling adventures reached the page or screen, he’d often experienced them first hand

We’ve all grown up watching James Bond movies and debating which actor has been the best 007.

But few of us know much about Ian Fleming, the man who created the famous tales.

This brand new drama reveals that before the author’s thrilling adventures reached the page or screen, he’d often experienced them first hand.

“Fleming was a more complex man than I’d ever thought him to be,” admits Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper, who plays the writer.

“He’d had quite a troubled youth, although it had been very privileged. He’d been to Eton and he was asked to leave Sandhurst for bad behaviour. He got a job with Naval Intelligence and his vivid imagination came to life.”

Fleming, who died of a heart attack in 1964, aged 56, had an ability to spin a yarn which made him a perfect fit for espionage, and we learn how he was a roguish playboy who chased women, collected rare books and lived off the fortune created by his wealthy merchant banking family.

The four-parter boasts an all-star cast, including Rupert Evans, Lesley Manville, Samuel West, Anna Chancellor and Lara Pulver.

“You can see where Bond has come from,” adds Dominic. “This is a story about war and loss, and a man who was a genuine failure in many ways who had a dark side.”

mirror.co.uk

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