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Real-Life Inspiration Behind James Bond to Be Subject of BBC America Drama TVWeek; Deadline.com

The real-life inspiration behind James Bond will be the subject of an original four-part BBC America drama, the network has announced.

Says the announcement, "Since Casino Royale was published in 1953, the world has been fascinated with James Bond and last year the film franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary. [The BBC America original drama] 'Fleming' (working title) takes a no holds barred look at Ian Fleming, the man behind the James Bond legend whose real life was as exciting, eventful and sexually charged as his famous creation."

The annoucement adds, "Dominic Cooper ('The Devil’s Double,' 'An Education,' 'The History Boys') will play Ian Fleming, a charming, sophisticated maverick whose dilettanti, pleasure seeking life was turned around by WWII and led to the creation of the best known spy the world has ever known.

"... The outbreak of WWII saw a young Fleming as an unsuccessful stockbroker already with a failed army career behind him, living off his rich family while indulging his passions of alcohol, erotic literature and sexual conquests.

"But having been forced into Naval Intelligence through family connections, Fleming found a calling. Utilizing his vivid imagination, charm and mischievous sense of humor he was responsible for some of the most outrageous counter-intelligence missions against the Nazis, full of danger and intrigue, the experience of which would form the basis of the Bond books."

Deadline.com adds in a separate story that "British actress Annabelle Wallis has been cast in Sky Atlantic and BBC America’s just-announced four-part biopic 'Fleming' ... as Muriel Wright, a woman with whom Fleming had a love affair and who some believe to be the original inspiration for the Bond Girl."

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Annabelle Wallis

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Dominic Cooper