Category: Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond

Rather tacky Sky Atlantic dramatisation/biopic mini-series narrating the conception of the character we know as James Bond — and the author behind him.

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Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, Episode 1

“Everything I write has a precedent of truth.”

This week, the first episode of the biopic/dramatisation of Ian Fleming’s life and the genesis of the least-secret secret agent in the whole wide world, James Bond, was broadcast on BBC America and Sky Atlantic HD. Based on true events, but necessarily embellishing and inventing a few things here and there (or practically the entire thing), the first part offers a lovely musical variation on the Bond theme as we’re introduced to Fleming and his wife Ann in Jamaica. Living in his villa Goldeneye, he finishes his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. But that’s not the only thing that rings similar to what we’ve come to know and love in over fifty years of literary and cinematic canon.