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Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond On DVD

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Fleming The Man Who Would Be Bond DVD
The 4-part series Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond - starring Dominic Cooper as James Bond creator Ian Fleming (1908-1964) directed by Mat Whitecross - is released on DVD by 2entertain.

The series was first aired in USA by BBC America (from 29th January 2014) and then in the UK by Sky Atlantic (from 12th February 2014). In Sweden, the series was first aired by HBO Nordic (from 13th February 2014).

Episode 1 (Original Air Date: 29 January, 2014)
Goldeneye, Jamaica 1952 – a strikingly beautiful woman in scuba gear explores the reef in an azure blue sea. Gradually we see a figure closing in on her – with a harpoon gun. He fires. And beside her a huge squid explodes in a cloud of ink. This is Ann Fleming – and as they surface the shadowy figure, now helpless with laughter, reveals himself as her new husband, Ian. Later that night as Ian types ‘The End’ on to a large manuscript. James Bond has been born. In their bedroom Ann probes Ian. She is not sure she likes James Bond, and many of his attributes seem all too familiar. Is this Bond actually Ian – his ego? His shadow?

Episode 2 (Original Air Date: 5 February, 2014)
LISBON 1940, neutral territory, the British mingle with Nazis. And Fleming is with Godfrey and Monday on a diplomatic meeting between SIS, NID and their American counterparts. Conversation turns to the French Navy – and its head, ADMIRAL DARLAN. France is about to fall to the advancing Axis forces and the French Fleet is at risk of falling into Nazi hands. Fleming sees a Nazi officer gambling in the hotel casino with a beautiful woman at his side and sneaks off to join the game. He takes on the German Officer at the card tables, gambling with the Admiralty’s petty cash. And he loses spectacularly. The German has won and leaves with the Beautiful woman.

Episode 3 (Original Air Date: 12 February, 2014)
In a dark, atmospheric subterranean chamber, Ian silently moves in to dismantle a bomb. This is real James Bond territory. Suddenly all hell breaks lose and tracer fire whizzes through the air. They’ve been seen. The detonator explodes. A whistle blows and the lights come up. This was obviously a training exercise. And while Ian was fast, technically he’s dead.

Episode 4 (Original Air Date: 19 February, 2014)
Ian enters an office where Monday is working. He asks her to forge a signature – of Admiral Rushbrooke. When she refuses, he shows her his pen. An atomized spray shoots into her face and she collapses unconscious. He then lifts Rushbrooke’s signature and turns to address a group of people we didn’t realize were there, who include Donovan. The men are impressed. Although, when he brings her round with smelling salts, Monday is less so!

DVD details:
Actors: Dominic Cooper, Rupert Evans, Lara Pulver, Camilla Rutherford, Pip Torrens
Director: Mat Whitecross
Format: PAL
Language: English
Region: Region 2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: 2entertain

Ian Fleming bibliography:
>Casino Royale (1953)
>Live and Let Die (1954)
>Moonraker (1955)
>Diamonds are forever (1956)
>From Russia With Love (1957)
>The Diamond Smugglers (1957)
>Dr. No (1958)
>Goldfinger (1959)
>For Your Eyes Only (1960)
>Thunderball (1961)
>The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
>On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963)
>Thrilling Cities (1963)
>Ian Fleming introduces Jamaica (1963)
>You Only Live Twice (1964)
>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964)
>The Man with the Golden Gun (1965)
>Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

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DVD cover for Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond. © 2014 2entertain. All rights reserved.

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