Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond: Season 1 (2014)

Season 1
Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond

Critics Consensus

Dominic Cooper makes a decent Ian Fleming, but Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond offers no new insight into the author, settling for a generic biopic approach.



Critic Ratings: 23

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Jan 29, 2014
Air date: Feb 5, 2014
Air date: Feb 12, 2014
Air date: Feb 19, 2014

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Follow the life of Ian Fleming, the man behind James Bond, in this fascinating drama. The outbreak of the Second World War saw Fleming ditch his carefree playboy lifestyle, to take a job in Naval Intelligence. His globe-trotting adventures later became the inspiration for his iconic literary creation. This miniseries explores the real story of the super spy's origins, and the extraordinary life that helped shape it.


Dominic Cooper
as Ian Fleming
Lara Pulver
as Ann O'Neill
Anna Chancellor
as Lieutenant Monday
Annabelle Wallis
as Muriel Wright
Lesley Manville
as Eve Fleming
Samuel West
as John Godfrey
Rupert Evans
as Peter Fleming
Pip Torrens
as Esmond Rothermere
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Critic Reviews for Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (15)

This makes for an action-packed, boudoir-filled miniseries that incidentally enervates Fleming's imagination.

Jan 29, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

With fine supporting players like Anna Chancellor as Fleming's wartime superior, Second Officer Monday, and Rupert Evans as Ian's brother Peter, this four-part series makes us care about people whose fate neither we nor they can easily summarize.

Jan 29, 2014 | Full Review…

To dream of being irresistible, heroic and fearless, after all, is not such a hard to understand thing. Its how that desires were borne of personal dramas and failings that "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond" never quite pins down.

Jan 29, 2014 | Full Review…

It's kinky. It's cunning. It's Bond.

Jan 27, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The music swells on cue but the story just doesn't jell. Had Ian Fleming written his Bond novels in this fashion, well, there likely wouldn't have been any sequels.

Jan 30, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Given the liberties the writers have taken with the author's biography, they could have made it interesting.

Jan 29, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If nothing else, warring factions supporting all the different Bonds will probably be able to agree on this -- the "real" thing, which this likely isn't, doesn't measure up to any Bond that ever was -- or will be.

Jan 29, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

[Fleming's] own disclaimer, "Everything I write has a precedent in truth," suggests that his history also could be a yarn. At least it's an entertaining one.

Jan 28, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Even if you're not particularly into Bond-ian history, a reason to give Fleming a try comes in the form of Lara Pulver, who manages to steal the show from its ostensible lead.

Feb 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Bond fans are squarely in the wheelhouse of this BBC series, but it's not just for Bond geeks.

Feb 4, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Ultimately, Fleming will leave you neither shaken nor stirred.

Feb 3, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

His greatest gift was that of imagination, and Fleming is especially enjoyable as it dramatizes the exploits that would give birth the immortal 007.

Jan 30, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond: Season 1

  • Jun 08, 2016
    Top Notch Acting..by all cast members... just brilliant...Great script... Great sets..loved it
  • Feb 22, 2015
    Rapey and violent sex scenes make an other wise ok show pretty awful. I had to stop watching. I don't know why so many shows portray women as secretly wanting men to force them to have sex. Shows like this add to the rape culture. I can't believe this show was made in 2014.
  • Mar 29, 2014
    Småkedelig skildring af "manden, der ville være Bond". Uoverbevisende forsøg på at bilde os ind, at Ian Flemings liv var mindst lige så spændende som hans berømte agents. Et enkelt afsnit havde såmænd været nok i stedet for de fire, der trækker den tynde historie i ulideligt langdrag.
  • Feb 22, 2014
    Absolutely fantastic. Great casting and well written!
  • Feb 10, 2014
    Excellent series with great casting and writing. One to not miss.

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