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Fleming Synopsis (1)

26th January 2014

Just days before 'Fleming' airs in the US, take a look at the official trailer, synopsis and cast-list for the upcoming drama series

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Episode 1 - The Man Who Would Be Bond - Synopsis
Goldeneye, Jamaica 1952 - Ian Fleming has just put the finishing touches to a manuscript called Casino Royale. His new wife Ann notices many of the protagonist's attributes seem all too familiar - is this James Bond actually Ian? His ego? His shadow?

Back in London, 1938, Ian is a dissolute playboy, eclipsed by his dead war hero father and brother Peter, a successful author. With war looming and London in a hedonistic state, Ian is propping up the bar at a jazz club when he meets Ann O'Neill, a wealthy and connected socialite who - unlike many of his conquests - is more than a match for him. But she already has a husband, Lord O'Neill, and a lover, Esmond Rothermere. Instead, he finds solace in the arms of a sweet and sexy dispatch rider named Muriel Wright.

Above: Dominic Cooper plays Ian Fleming and Lara Pulver plays Ann O'Neill.

After a frosty morning-after encounter with Muriel, Ian's domineering mother Evelyn secures him a job assisting Naval Intelligence's Rear Admiral John Godfrey. Ian is put to work at The Admiralty, whipping the team into shape with his charm and confidence. He even manages to impress Godfrey's no-nonsense secretary, Second Officer Monday. But Fleming quickly incurs Godfrey's wrath when he cooks up an unorthodox scheme to get information from two captured German submariners. However his valuable findings make it apparent that an imaginative approach could be just what the war effort requires.

Air Data

Date: Wednesday 29 January
Time: 10:00pm ET
Channel: BBC America


Date: Wednesday 12 February
Time: 9:00pm
Channel: Sky Atlantic

Watch the 'Fleming' Teaser Trailer

Series Cast
Ian Fleming - Dominic Cooper
Ann O'Neill - Lara Pulver
Peter Fleming - Rupert Evans
John Godfrey - Samuel West
Muriel Wright - Annabelle Wallis
Lieutenant Monday - Anna Chancellor


"I was immediately drawn into this world of who he was, actually he was a much more complex man than I had thought him to be." - Dominic Cooper

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