In 1939, failed stockbroker Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper) is recruited by the British Director of Naval Intelligence (Samuel West) to serve as his assistant, becoming a valuable operator. The story of James Bond writer Fleming’s experiences of World War II, including his work and a fiery affair with a married woman who’s into S/M, combined with a portrait of Fleming as a callous, inventive and cocky figure. Playfully made, with numerous references to the 007 books and films that would follow, this miniseries is a must for Bond fans but perhaps a bit too lackadaisical in its tone for everybody else.
2014-Britain. Made for TV. 176 min. Color. Directed by Mat Whitecross. Teleplay: John Brownlow, Don MacPherson. Cast: Dominic Cooper (Ian Fleming), Lara Pulver (Ann O’Neill), Samuel West (John Godfrey), Anna Chancellor, Rupert Evans, Lesley Manville.
Trivia: Originally shown in four episodes.