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Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond: Season 1 (2014)
Critic 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.
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This makes for an action-packed, boudoir-filled miniseries that incidentally enervates Fleming's imagination.
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.
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.
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.
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