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Fleming - The Man Who Would Be Bond 1 Season 2014

Starring Dominic Cooper, this action-packed drama tells the real story of Ian Fleming, the man who created James Bond. London, 1939: Ian Fleming is an irresponsible playboy living in the shadow of his dead war hero father, his successful author brother and his domineering mother. When the Second World War breaks out, Ian suddenly finds himself with a job in Naval Intelligence.

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Dominic Cooper, Lara Pulver

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1. Episode 1

In London, 1938, Ian Fleming is a dissolute playboy, eclipsed by his dead war hero father and successful brother. Fleming's domineering mother secures him a job assisting Naval Intelligence's Admiral John Godfrey. There, Fleming's valuable findings make it apparent that an imaginative approach could be just what the war effort requires.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 29, 2014
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2. Episode 2

A mischievous Ann invites Fleming to Esmond's birthday party, and although Fleming has brought Muriel as his date, sexual chemistry sizzles between them. Meanwhile, France is looking like it's about to crumble against Nazi forces. Office bound and desperate to be a man of action, Fleming urgently tries to persuade Godfrey to send him to France to oversee the destruction of some secret files.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 5, 2014
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3. Episode 3

While training at Camp X, the Americans ask Fleming to write a blueprint for a Central Intelligence Agency. On his return to London, Fleming persuades Godfrey to form the 30 Assault Unit - a group of the toughest soldiers prepared to play dirty, with Fleming serving as commanding officer. Meanwhile, Fleming continues his relationship with Ann, but refuses to consider taking it to the next level.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 12, 2014
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4. Episode 4

The war is nearly over, but Fleming is convinced the Nazis are hiding nuclear plans. Finally, he is granted permission to go to Germany to attempt to retrieve the plans. Back in London, celebrations are underway, but the arrival of peace also means wartime relationships will have to be reassessed. Will Fleming and Ann finally find a way to be together?

TV-MA CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 19, 2014
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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Mat Whitecross
Starring Dominic Cooper, Lara Pulver
Supporting actors Annabelle Wallis, Lesley Manville, Anna Chancellor, Samuel West, Rupert Evans, Camilla Rutherford
Season year 2014
Network BBC America
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Rex Cruse on February 8, 2014
Ian Fleming was the author of the Bond series of books. This BBC original dramatization about the life of Ian Fleming focuses on the "precedents in truth" that gave rise to the Bond series. A significant portion of it is about the service and experiences of Ian Fleming as a British naval intelligence officer and a military intelligence commando when the German forces pushed westward across Europe in World War II. After all four episodes, my opinion is that the dramatization is acted well, interesting, and even a little surprising. One can relate Ian Fleming the person generally to the Bond stories he wrote. In addition, the stagecraft looks authentic and is worthy of notice.

I was fascinated by the dynamics of his relationships with his family, his loves, and the people in authority.

Also, in one series of scenes surprising to me, General William J. ("Wild Bill) Donovan, the father of American intelligence, praises the ideas of Fleming in a white paper submitted to Donovan at his request. After the United States entered World War II, President Roosevelt asked General Donovan to work on centralizing the intelligence activities of the nation. Apparently, General Donovan asked Fleming to share his intelligence experience and ideas in a paper on on how a centralized agency should function.

The last episode is about Fleming near the end of the war and immediately thereafter. Fleming chose writing as a peacetime career and named James Bond early on. One learns what happened to the love Fleming and his muse shared. It is a fascinating episode emotionally for men and women.
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I've been a Bond fan so long I can hardly remember a time when I wasn't. Accordingly, I am guarded about how the books and their author are presented. Is it credible? Is it necessary? Is it a useful addition to Bond lore? I'm happy to say FLEMING - THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND answers all those questions affirmatively. Only Fleming could have written Bond and only this mini-series, in my opinion, has written Fleming the way he should be, was, wanted to be, and can only be remembered. In addition to the deft treatment of Fleming himself, his environment was immaculately rendered. As a cultural historian I cringe when I hear anachronistic speech or see period incorrect clothing. FLEMING's dialogue, sets, costumes, props, and even music transport the viewer to a wartime England so perfectly constructed that one can easily lose oneself in it. Beautifully done!
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I anxiously awaited the premiere of the show after watching the documentary on the Bond franchise. The first three episodes were highly engaging and exciting, but I felt the steam leaving the story. Instead of delving deep into Fleming’s character, the show took an all too familiar path of sexual appetites. Seriously? Once his character of playboy was established, was it necessary for episodes three and four to center around his escapades? For me, it wasn’t. I was looking for more substance with the espionage side. Is that asking too much?

When I realized the last segment was going to attempt to cover the war from 1942 to 45, I choose not to watch it. And oddly, BBC America, which constantly keeps rerunning their shows, has yet to even touch the series. That tells me, the viewing audience didn’t pan out for them.

Dominic Cooper was an excellent choice for Bond. He was engaging, exciting and mysterious. It was reminiscent of Sir Alex Guinness portraying Adolph Hitler in “The Ten Days of Hitler.” Superb performance.

My advice, if you want to see Ian’s formative years, the first three are well worth the view. After that, might be better to enjoy a cup of tea and cakes. They’ll be more satisfying.
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I was looking forward to a period piece along the lines of Spies of Warsaw or Foyle's War, but Fleming - the Man Who Would Be Bond has none of the cinematic values that make those shows so enjoyable. The lighting is harsh, the characters flat, the period details merely superficial. The clothes are shiny and modern - they look like costumes, not period clothes, and the characters modern mannerisms and voice quality are pure Hollywood. Nothing about this movie transports the viewer to 1940's Britain. What a disappointment.
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By S. Pearl on February 3, 2014
The casting is perfection. It will appeal to woman as well as men. It is typical BBC production, superb writing, casting, filming... What more can you act. For an old girl that isn't really a James Bond fan till Daniel Craig. I loved it. I have always considered the productions made for men. This is made for any adult. It is a great period piece. I don't know if there is any reality to the series, but I just don't care. Watch it, own, ask for more.
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Feels abbreviated. Like it should have been 12 episodes instead of four. But it is still pretty good. Costumes, setting, all vintage BBC. Nobody does it better. ;) Fleming's girlfriend is beautiful on screen. Can't argue with that shade of red lipstick. Fleming is played by Dominic Cooper and he is easy to watch. Wish we could have seen more of the brother character. The mom is wonderfully vicious. An easy 3 hours.
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By lyndy on March 19, 2014
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I didn't know what to expect going into this series but being a huge Bond fan I had to try it. I was pleasantly surprised, the acting was superb, the cinematography gorgeous and the story compelling. I wish there had been more than 4 eps. Hoping to see this released on DVD!
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