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Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond: Season 1 (2014)



Critic Consensus: Dominic Cooper makes a decent Ian Fleming, but Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond offers no new insight into the author, settling for a generic biopic approach.


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Follow the life of Ian Fleming, the man behind James Bond, in this fascinating drama. The outbreak of the Second World War saw Fleming ditch his carefree playboy lifestyle, to take a job in Naval Intelligence. His globe-trotting adventures later became the inspiration for his iconic literary creation. This miniseries explores the real story of the super spy's origins, and the extraordinary life that helped shape it.


Dominic Cooper
as Ian Fleming
Lara Pulver
as Ann O'Neill
Anna Chancellor
as Lieutenant Monday
Annabelle Wallis
as Muriel Wright
Lesley Manville
as Eve Fleming
Samuel West
as John Godfrey
Rupert Evans
as Peter Fleming
Pip Torrens
as Esmond Rothermere
Tom Whitecross
as Dorchester Singer
Lee Asquith-Coe
as Marine Cowie
Michael Maloney
as Rear Admiral Rushbrooke
Wolf Kahler
as Admiral Brandel
Iain Mitchell
as Viscount Alford
Harry Treadaway
as Sub Lieutenant Hepworth
Aurélien Recoing
as Admiral Francois Darlan
Werner Daehn
as Hugo Berger
Pip Carter
as Flight Lieutenant Cholmondeley
Iván Kamarás
as German Officer - Von Ostheim
David Barrass
as Harbourmaster
William Tapley
as Marine Commander Samuels
Phil McKee
as US Captain Curtis
Declan Hannigan
as Lieutenant Commander Dalzel-Job
Zsolt Trill
as German Officer
Lajos Szucs
as German Officer
Scott Alexander Young
as SIS Paris Chief
Stuart Matthews
as Marine Ranson
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Critic Reviews for Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond: Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (17)

This makes for an action-packed, boudoir-filled miniseries that incidentally enervates Fleming's imagination.

January 29, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

With fine supporting players like Anna Chancellor as Fleming's wartime superior, Second Officer Monday, and Rupert Evans as Ian's brother Peter, this four-part series makes us care about people whose fate neither we nor they can easily summarize.

January 29, 2014 | Full Review…

To dream of being irresistible, heroic and fearless, after all, is not such a hard to understand thing. Its how that desires were borne of personal dramas and failings that "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond" never quite pins down.

January 29, 2014 | Full Review…

It's kinky. It's cunning. It's Bond.

January 27, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The music swells on cue but the story just doesn't jell. Had Ian Fleming written his Bond novels in this fashion, well, there likely wouldn't have been any sequels.

January 30, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Given the liberties the writers have taken with the author's biography, they could have made it interesting.

January 29, 2014 | Full Review…

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