A Series for All Bond Fans
Ian Fleming is not very well known aside from his gloriously successful novels.
All that is about to change.
The four-part mini-series "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond" will premiere on BBC America starting on Wednesday, January 29 at 10 PM. It is part of the network’s Dramaville programming.
Dominic Cooper stars as Ian Fleming, with Rupert Evans as his brother (I bet you didn't even know he had a brother) and Lesley Manville as his formidable mother, Eve. The series follows Fleming's adventures in Naval Intelligence and his participation in espionage against Nazi Germany.
|Dominic Cooper as Ian Fleming with Lara Pulver as wife Ann|
In the key role of Fleming's wife, Ann, is Lara Pulver. She did quite a bit of reading up on Mr. Fleming, and has a pile amusing quotes about him, to wit:
The way Fleming was with women was disgraceful. On his and Ann’s first date together he gave her a book and said, “Amuse yourself.” This man was an absolute brute.About her character, Ann, Pulver says:
She was a high society woman who had friends that included Lucian Freud and Winston Churchill – she danced with the elite. She was also a master manipulator. Yet she found Fleming [her third husband] incredibly magnetic. I read her diaries to find out why she was so drawn to him and learned that growing up she’d had quite an abusive nanny and was passed around to different family members like an aristocratic waif. I think losing her mother and having no one to turn to or show her love meant she ended up in a very unhealthy relationship in which she mistook the way Ian treated her for love.About the filming, she say:
There’s a scene where Ann finds out that he’s slept with her best friend – just to annoy her, no other reason. It wasn’t in the script, but I was holding a whisky glass at the time and I turned round and threw it at Dominic, who ducked, thankfully. It smashed against the wall and shattered everywhere.About those times, Pulver says:
It was a really elegant period for women. I was in diamonds, canary-yellow dresses and visited some wonderful locations.Anna Chancellor also appears as Fleming's colleague Lieutenant Monday, with Samuel West appearing as his boss, Admiral John Godfrey.