Ian Fleming – Bondmaker will be broadcast on BBC 1 on Sunday 28th August at 10.15pm. The air-date was revealed today on the official Ian Fleming Publications website.
Ian Fleming – Bondmaker tells the extraordinary true life story of Ian Fleming; the creator of James Bond, one of the great icons of C20th culture.
Ben Daniels as Ian Fleming
Like the other films (George Orwell, Agatha Christie) in this critically acclaimed and award-winning biography strand, Ian Fleming – Bondmaker takes a bold and innovative approach to dramatising the story of the author’s life, by using Fleming’s own words. Shot on location in the UK and Jamaica, the film explores the relationship between Ian Fleming’s life and the legend that is James Bond.
Award-winning actor Ben Daniels (Cutting It, Conspiracy) brings the author to life. The film also stars Emily Woof (The League of Gentleman’s Apocalypse, The Full Monty) as Ian’s wife, Ann, and Pip Torrens (The Government Inspector, The Rotters Club) as Ian’s close friend and Jamaican neighbour, Noel Coward.
Unlike earlier small screen adaptions based on Fleming’s life, including 1989’s Goldeneye: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming and 1990’s Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (which starred Sean Connery’s son as Fleming), the new film is 100 percent documented biographical fact. Consultants include Fleming’s surviving family and friends, along with Andrew Lycett (author of Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond and John Pearson (author of The Life of Ian Fleming and the fictional James Bond: The Authorised Biography of 007).