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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Air date: Jan 29, 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…

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