For fifty years the works of author Ian Fleming have been transformed into films for cinema goers around the world to enjoy. The most recent Bond film, Skyfall starring Daniel Craig as 007, is the first film in the franchise to pass the £1b mark at the Box Office. Fleming’s creation of James Bond has remained hugely popular despite the end of the Cold War and the dawn of the technological age.
Now Ian Fleming himself is set to be the centre of a drama instead of his famous creation. Sky Atlantic has commissioned a new four-part drama, titled Fleming, that will look at the life of the spy-author. The new drama will star actor Dominic Cooper in the title role; the actor is known for his roles in The History Boys, Mamma Mia and Captain America.
In announcing a raft of new drama commissions Sky’s head of drama, Anne Mensha, said “At Sky we have a strong ambition to deliver modern, original dramas that are both entertaining and intelligent. We seek to bring our customers the most innovative and bold pieces produced by some of the brightest talent in drama programming today. Our broad range of entertainment channels has allowed us to commission this diverse and rich drama slate, providing customers with a wealth of choice and I’m thrilled to be able to unveil this fantastic line up. The most exciting thing is that this is just the start of the growing drama story at Sky.”
Fleming is part of Sky’s commitment to increasing its UK (original) drama and comedy output across its channels; Sky One, Sky Arts, Sky Atlantic and Sky Living. As part of this commitment to dramas Strike Back and Mad Dogs have been re-commissioned while new dramas such as Dracula, The Tunnel (a remake of Danish series The Bridge), Moonfleet and The Smoke have been ordered. A series of plays, under the banner of Reckless, will air on Sky Living while Playhouse Presents will return to Sky Arts.