James Bond Creator Ian Fleming’s Life To Become “Period Action Film” From Duncan Jones

“Where did Ian Fleming end and Bond begin?”

This, says Duncan Jones, is the essential question fuelling his upcoming movie, a biography of James Bond’s creator Ian Fleming to be framed as “a period action film.”

The basis for the film’s biographical detail will be Andrew Lycett’s boook Ian Fleming, The Man Behind James Bond. Time to check that out, Connelly.

Jones is currently casting the film, and I’ll be fascinated to see who gets the lead and what this indicates about the blurry line the film will set between Fleming and his superspy creation. I wonder if some actors might be reluctant to try out for the part, knowing that it will likely stop their chances of ever taking up the mantle of 007?

There’s a lot of appealing aspects here – not least seeing Jones let loose on some action shenanigans. We’ll keep watching development closely.

Now, here’s the full press release:

CANNES, FRANCE. Duncan Jones, the BAFTA Award-winning British director of Moon and international box office hit Source Code, will direct the action-packed story of one of Britain’s most celebrated yet mysterious legends – James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

Before Ian Fleming became the globally renowned best-selling author, his own life was no less exciting than that of the hero he created. Fleming travelled the world and masterminded real life top-secret operations, inspiring him to create James Bond. Duncan Jones’ take will explore and tie together those events in the author’s life that gave birth to Britain’s greatest superspy.

Duncan Jones remarked – “Fleming lived through one of the most perilous periods in world history, in a position that allowed him a unique vantage point of all the players, all the stakes.  He witnesses true heroism first-hand.  And he saw the evil men could do.  Then, when the war ended, he went off to write fiction. The essential question for me is; where did Ian Fleming end and Bond begin?”

K5 Film (Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur), PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes and Liberty Films’ Stuart Fenegan will produce the film in association with Jim Young and Robert Laycock of the Ian Fleming Estate.  K5 International will handle worldwide rights.

Jones is currently in the process of casting the film, which is based on the authoritative biography “Ian Fleming, The Man Behind James Bond” by Andrew Lycett, and is anticipated to go into production later this year.  It is the only film to be given the full support of The Ian Fleming Estate.

Kevin Frakes says, “Fleming is a larger than life character and it’s fantastic to be bringing him to the big screen with Duncan.”

“Duncan is one of the hottest directors currently working in film and everyone has been waiting to see what he would do next,” say K5’s Co-Founding Partners Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur.

Stuart Fenegan commented, “The opportunity to make a period action film about the life of Fleming and origins of Bond – a hero we all grew up idolising – is too great for Duncan and me to resist.”