Thesp to play Ian Fleming in a four-part biopic

LONDON — Brit Dominic Cooper will play Ian Fleming in a four-part biopic of the James Bond creator greenlit by U.K. paybox BSkyB’s Sky Atlantic, produced by the U.K.’s Ecosse Films and co-produced by BBC America.

Provisionally entitled “Fleming,” miniseries is set during WWII when the maverick and hedonistic Fleming was hired by British Naval intelligence as part of its undercover campaign against the Nazis, after his careers as a banker and stockbroker failed.

It was these wartime experiences that provided the inspiration for British spy 007, who first appeared in print in “Casino Royale,” published in 1953. Like his character, Fleming was well known in English society for his womanizing and taste for alcohol.

“Stepping into the shoes of the spy who not only created the enigmatic character of 007, but who fantasized about being him has to be every actor’s dream,” said Cooper, whose film credits include “The Devil’s Double” and “The History Boys.”

“Fleming” will be written by John Brownlow and Don Macpherson, and helmed by Mat Whitecross. BBC Worldwide will distribute.

Executive producer, Ecosse’s Douglas Rae, said: “Ian Fleming’s story is as dramatic and entertaining as any of the Bond films.”

Mini will film in the U.K. and Budapest and air on Sky Atlantic this year. It is not yet clear who will handle international rights.

Sky drama topper Anne Mensah unveiled other Sky dramas including black comedy “Hey Diddly Dee” starring Kylie Minogue; “Union Square,” based on a short story by Leonard B. Francavilla and featuring Vanessa Redgrave; and a 10-part version of “Dracula,” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, co-produced with NBCU, which starts filming this summer.

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