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article imageJames Bond returns — Well, sort of

By Gene Kosowan     Dec 19, 2013 in Entertainment
The real-life origins of agent 007 will be given a dramatic treatment in 2014 when BBC America premieres the miniseries Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond.
Launching on the small screen in the U.S. Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), the four-part docudrama features The History Boys star Dominic Cooper as author Ian Fleming, whose espionage exploits during the Second World War sowed the seed for James Bond, pop culture's most iconic spy.
The Bond movie franchise has raked in billions after 50 years, more than 20 films and an arsenal of matinee eye candy ranging from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig playing the protagonist. Yet aside from loyal fans, few people are aware that Fleming's own life was as glamorous and exciting as the character that made him famous.
The BBC America treatment starts at the outbreak of the Second World War, with Fleming living the life of a playboy squandering the family fortune. But he discovers his calling when he's recruited for a desk job by Naval Intelligence. That's where his previously untapped literary skills kick in as he's able to spin stories that are ripe for more dangerous tasks involving espionage. His flair for embellishment and deception results in a cloak-and-dagger life on the front lines of the spy trade, as he finds himself stealing secrets from the Nazis, risking his own life in the process.
Those adventures lay the groundwork for his post-war career as an author, creating Bond, a suave, ruthless operative who thwarts enemies of the free world and still gets the girl in the end.
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