Over the past couple of years there’s been numerous rumors and reports about multiple film projects that will bring Ian Fleming to the big screen. The biggest of these is one simply titled “Fleming” which is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way. In that film, which at one point was set to include scenes from the famed Thunderball legal case, Fleming may be portrayed by DiCaprio himself. Another production titled “Ian Fleming” is currently being developed by Palmstar Entertainment and Animus Films, based on Andrew Lycett’s extensive 1995 biography Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond. Last year it was rumored that James McAvoy would star as Ian Fleming, though that turned out to be false.
A third film has quietly been in the works too, but the good news about this one is that it filmed over the summer and is slated to hit theaters this year as early as 1 October in the UK according to sites such as IMDb (this may prove to be unlikely as there hasn’t been any marketing for the film yet, e.g., a trailer at the very least). Called Age of Heroes, it tells the story of Ian Fleming’s Red Indians, 30 Assault Unit or 30 AU, he formed while working for Naval Intelligence during World War II.
Age of Heroes is the first in a trilogy which will be followed by Age of Glory and Age of Honour. James D’Arcy (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Flashbacks of a Fool starring Daniel Craig) will portray Ian Fleming. Also starring in Age of Heroes is Sean Bean best known to James Bond fans as 006 Alec Trevelyan in 1995’s GoldenEye.
Age of Heroes was written and directed by Adrian Vitoria.
CommanderBond.net first reported on Age of Heroes in March of this year.