In London, 1938, Ian Fleming is a dissolute playboy, eclipsed by his dead war hero father and successful brother. While propping up the bar at a jazz club, he meets Ann O'Neill, an alluring socialite. Unlike many of his conquests, Ann is more than a match for him. She already has a husband and a lover, Esmond Rothermere. Fleming finds solace in the arms of a beautiful dispatch rider named Muriel. Following a frosty morning-after encounter with Muriel, Fleming's domineering mother secures him a job assisting Naval Intelligence's Admiral John Godfrey. He quickly incurs Godfrey's wrath when he cooks up an unorthodox scheme to get information from two captured German submariners. However, Fleming's valuable findings make it apparent that an imaginative approach could be just what the war effort requires.
Did You Know?
Esmond's father, Harold Rothermere, briefly supported fascist causes in the Daily Mail in the 1930's, when appeasement was a popular option. Any hint of supporting appeasement disappeared from the paper after Esmond took over in 1940. See more
In the first episode talks with his brother Peter about his fighting as a commando. In fact the commandos were not formed until much later in the war, after the fall of France. See more
It's not bloody literature. It's a pot boiler. Just words, nothing more. Make believe.
Really? Is that why he has your golf handicap and taste in vodka?
He's not me.
You as you would like to be. Your fantasy. Is that who he is?
Say It Isn't So
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Connee Boswell See more