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Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990)

The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (original title)
Ian Fleming's life (1908-64) as journalist and naval intelligence officer was a lot like the womanizing James Bond, he would later write 12 spy novels about.

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Ferdinand Fairfax
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Connery ... Ian Fleming
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Leda St Gabriel
Joss Ackland ... Gen. Gerhard Hellstein
Patricia Hodge ... Lady Evelyn
David Warner ... Adm. Godfrey
Colin Welland ... Reuters Editor
Fiona Fullerton ... Lady Caroline
Richard Johnson ... Gen. Halmsden
Julian Firth ... Quincy
Marsha Fitzalan ... Miss Delaney
Arkie Whiteley ... Gallina
Tara MacGowran ... Daphne (as Tara McGowran)
Ingrid Held Ingrid Held ... Countess De Turbinville
Geoffrey Chater ... Lawyer
Edita Brychta ... Maya
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This movie follows the exciting life of a dashing young Ian Fleming (Jason Connery), the mastermind behind the highly successful James Bond books and movies. As a womanizer and a hopeless romantic, Fleming got himself expelled from Eton and other prestigious public schools before his mother, fed up, sent him to work for Reuters, the news bureau. While covering a show-trial of British engineers in Soviet Moscow, Fleming pulled his first Bond-like escapade, almost losing his life in the process. This caught the interest of Britain's dormant yet watchful military intelligence, later to become the highly acclaimed Special Operations Executive (S.O.E.). After Fleming's recruitment into His Majesty's Service, his exploits become increasingly fantastic. It is difficult to believe that this is not fiction. This movie goes to prove, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction. Written by Ras Jarborg <ras@algonet.se>

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Beautiful Women. Dangerous Espionage. Nobody Does It Better. See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

At one point, Ian Fleming gifts a copy of the book "A Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies", written by James Bond, to his sweetheart. Ian Fleming, an avid birdwatcher, named Bond after the author of this book. See more »

Goofs

Some of the naval files are marked as TOP SECRET. Prior to 1942, the highest level of classification used by Britain was called MOST SECRET. See more »

Quotes

Ian Fleming: Didn't you get my memo?
Admiral Godfrey: You send me a hundred memos a week!
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Connections

Followed by Three Decades of James Bond 007 (1995) See more »

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The essence of genius?
9 March 2012 | by glyn_watkinsSee all my reviews

If one was to watch this film just as one might watch a comedy or some other form of light entertainment, then the taut adrenaline fuelled excitement it prompts will have been lost.

That this film may contain false dramatization I know not, but one thing is certain, when fact or fiction in a film become so closely entwined with a result that causes the viewers heart to thump, their stomach to tighten and their eyes and minds to be so magnetized to the screen, then I feel nothing but praise can be heaped upon the geniuses who create and produce such works.

That I knew the film was based on fact made it all the more riveting for me to watch, to think that such people really do exist, people who's lives are drawn to acts of courage and reckless abandon, people who live for danger and revel in dicing with death. I also found that hearing the phrases and seeing the habits of Ian Fleming in the film made me smile as I recalled the James Bond films in which they were used.

When I saw this film it was not just the craft that went into it which impressed me, but more the thoughts it conjured up about those things happening in real life. I'm sure that as with times past, both the present and the future will produce characters which will become food for eagerly waiting writers, personally I can't get enough of them.


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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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