Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond…Day 29 of Bond 365

Welcome to Day 29 of Bond 365 where each day I spotlight events and people that were and are part of the Bond franchise. The franchise could not be what it is today without the hard work and belief these individuals have in James Bond.

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond featured in Total Film
Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond
Premiered this day in 2014
Television mini-series in the US

IMDB provides the following storyline: “Look at the 007 creator, Ian Fleming, and his early life set against the permissive society of war-torn WWII London.” I personally have not had the pleasure to watch this mini-series because I do not have television. However, I just checked and it is available on Netflix, so I will be adding this to my list. This series originally aired on BBC American in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK last year and featured the writing team of John Brownlow (Sylvia) and Don MacPherson (The Avengers, The Guman) and directed by Mat Whitecross (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, The Shock Doctrine). The dashing Dominic Cooper (Dracula Untold, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) took lead as Ian Fleming and the striking Lara Pulver (Sherlock, Da Vinci’s Demons) was Ann O’Neill.

The four-part series covered the years 1938 through the end of the war in 1945. Based on the trailer, it looks to be a fairly sexualized and glamourous interpretation of Fleming’s development of the James Bond character that he would later realize in his first of several novels, Casino Royale in 1953. BBC America online still has all of their materials up concerning the series. In addition to the trailer, there are character sketches, interviews and photos, etc.

Additionally, the December 2013 issue of Total Film spotlighted the mini-series and included a first look of the new movie The Man From U.N.C.L.E. that will be out this year and an interview with Javier Bardem in which he made mention about Skyfall. I wrote up a post about it, which you can link to here

I would be interested to hear what people thought of the series, so leave a comment if you have.  

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