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
When Commander Fleming first addresses his Naval Intelligence staff, the map of Europe on the wall behind him shows the peninsula of Istria as part of Yugoslavia. In 1939, it was still part of Italy, as it had been since 1919, and remained so until after the war. See more
This Bond fellow, I don't like him one bit. He's a sadistic brute.
I thought that was your type.
I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You
Written by Spo-De-Odee
Performed by Antonia Thomas See more