British actor Dominic Cooper has signed on to play Ian Fleming in a four-part biopic about the James Bond creator.
Greenlit by UK paybox BSkyB’s Sky Atlantic, the series will focus on Ian Fleming’s life during WWII when he was hired by British Naval intelligence as part of its undercover campaign against the Nazis. Fleming became a spy after his careers as a banker and stockbroker had failed, reports The Telegraph.
These experiences informed his creation of 007, who first appeared in print in “Casino Royale,” published in 1953. Like James Bond, Fleming was well-known for his womanizing and frequent drinking.
“Stepping into the shoes of the spy who not only created the enigmatic character of 007, but who fantasized about being him has to be every actor’s dream,” said Cooper of the role.
Variety reports that the miniseries is provisionally titled Fleming, and that it is being produced by UK’s Ecosse Films. It will be written by John Brownlow and Don Macpherson, and will be directed by Mat Whitecross.
Executive producer Douglas Rae, said: “Ian Fleming’s story is as dramatic and entertaining as any of the Bond films.”
Other Sky dramas coming soon include the black comedy Hey Diddly Dee, Union Square, and a 10-part version of Dracula, which will star Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
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