Fact-based biography of James Bond author, Ian Fleming. The film focuses on his wartime exploits and romantic adventures which ultimately led to his creation of the super-spy.

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Fact-based biography of James Bond author, Ian Fleming. The film focuses on his wartime exploits and romantic adventures which ultimately led to his creation of the super-spy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Five cast members have acted in James Bond films: Charles Dance (For Your Eyes Only (1981), Julian Fellowes (Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)), Steve Plytas (On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)); 'Christoph Waltz'(gv) (Spectre (2015)gv)) and Deborah Moore (Die Another Day (2002)). Moore is also the daughter of Roger Moore, who played James Bond in several films. See more »

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CBS interviewer: Can you confirm the widespread reports that you wrote the bluepints for the Central Intelligence Agency?
Ian Fleming: Forgive me I'm not in a position to confirm any such thing.
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References Dr. No (1962) See more »

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Gershwin Medley
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Music by George Gershwin
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Decent Time Passer/Quasi-Bond Film
28 February 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film features the adventures of Ian Fleming, the real life spy who wrote the original James Bond novels.

This film plays vaguely like a Bond movie, though with more realism and less action. It does have the same sort of flirtatious attitude to it, though. This makes the film a rather interesting curiousity piece for Bond fans.

Lots of allusions to Bond, not just direct references, hinting that a number of things in Fleming's life got put into the novels. I'm not sure about the accuracy of these allusions, but they do enhance the film. And one death in the film affectedly more emotionally than the vast majority of Bond movie deaths.

It is a bit dry at times, and does have a bit of a TV movie feel to it. That said, overall I was pleasantly surprised, and this is certainly above average for a TV movie. Bond completists should definitely check this one out.


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