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Duncan Jones ('Moon') has traded in fantastical sci-fi for historical recreation. It was announced at Cannes that Jones would be helming a biopic of the legendary Sir Ian Fleming, creator of the James Bond novels and honest-to-goodness spy himself. The screenplay for the film, written by Matthew Brown, will purportedly be largely based on the biography 'Ian Fleming, The Man Behind James Bond' by Andrew Lycett. Jones' biopic is slated to begin production later this year and apparently has already earned the support of the Fleming estate.
It seems appropriate to post about this project on the same day that the 'Skyfall' teaser trailer drops, it's like a James Bond extravaganza in here! Please don't tell anybody I just used the word extravaganza. I've only gotten little snippets of the story of Ian Fleming's life from watching various featurettes on various James Bond box set releases and TV specials, but the guy fascinates me. He actually did carry out operations for British Naval Intelligence before setting up shop in Jamaica at his gorgeous home, which he dubbed Goldeneye, to write novels. I cannot wait to see the more finite details of his life immortalized on the big screen. I am exceedingly pleased that Jones landed this gig, he's an outstanding director. True, he has only directed sci-fi to this point, but 'Moon' was such a deeply moving human story that it doesn't seem too much of a leap to expect him to be able to create those same strong characters from a real-world basis. What do you guys think?
Would you be interested in an Ian Fleming biopic? Do you think Duncan Jones is the right man for the job? Who would you cast to play Fleming?