Duncan Jones to direct Ian Fleming biopic

By Tim Pelan

Cannes ... what more glamourous location could there be for the unveiling of the news that Ian Fleming, the urbane creator of James Bond, the smoothest secret agent of the fictional modern age, is himself to be the subject of a major film? And announced during the 50th anniversary year of Bond's cinematic exploits, no less.

Here is the official press release:

Duncan Jones and K5 Set Crosshairs On Ian Fleming

CANNES, FRANCE: Duncan Jones, the BAFTA Award-winning British director of Moon and international box office hit Source Code, will direct the action-packed story of one of Britain’s most celebrated yet mysterious legends – James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

Before Ian Fleming became the globally renowned best-selling author, his own life was no less exciting than that of the hero he created. Fleming travelled the world and masterminded real life top-secret operations, inspiring him to create James Bond. Duncan Jones’ take will explore and tie together those events in the author’s life that gave birth to Britain’s greatest superspy.
Duncan Jones said: “Fleming lived through one of the most perilous periods in world history, in a position that allowed him a unique vantage point of all the players, all the stakes.  He witnesses true heroism first-hand.  And he saw the evil men could do.  Then, when the war ended, he went off to write fiction. The essential question for me is; where did Ian Fleming end and Bond begin?”

K5 Film, Palm Star Media Capital and Liberty Films will produce the film in conjunction with Jim Young and Robert Laycock of the Ian Fleming Estate, the first time the estate has authorised such a project. The source material is the book Ian Fleming, The Man Behind James Bond, by Andrew Lycett. The film is set to go into production later this year.

Fleming has previously been the subject of a middling television mini-series and TV movie, with Charles Dance (Goldeneye: The Secret Life Of Ian Fleming, well cast) and bizarrely, Jason Connery (The Secret life of Ian Fleming) each playing Fleming during his wartime career in Naval Intelligence, with varying degrees of fidelity to the truth. I can't wait to see who is cast this time around.

Tim Pelan

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