Annabelle Wallis (Pan Am), Lara Pulver (Sherlock), Lesley Manville (Vera Drake), Anna Chancellor (The Hour), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge) and Rupert Evans (World Without End) have all joined the cast of Fleming, the upcoming four-part mini-series based on the life of Bond Creator Ian Fleming which is being co-produced by Sky Atlantic and BBC America.
Written by John Brownlow, Fleming will follow the infamous James Bond author from the outbreak of the second world war when a young Fleming was an unsuccessful stockbroker who already had a failed army career behind him and was living off his rich family whilst indulging his passions of alcohol, erotic literature and sexual conquests. But having been forced into Naval Intelligence through family connections, Fleming found a calling. Utilising his vivid imagination, charm and mischievous sense of humour he was responsible for some of the most outrageous counter intelligence missions against the Nazis, full of danger and intrigue, the experience of which would form the basis of the Bond books. The mini-series is being produced by Ecosse Films and stars Dominic Cooper as Ian Fleming, Lara Pulver as Ann O’Neill, a wealthy London socialite; Annabelle Wallis as Muriel; a love interest for Fleming who would be the inspiration for the first Bond girl; Lesley Manville as Eve Fleming, Ian’s mother; Rupert Evans as Peter Fleming, Ian’s brother; Samuel West as Admiral John Godfrey; the Director of Naval Intelligence; and Anna Chancellor as Lieutenant Monday, Admiral Godfrey’s secretary, who Fleming would use as the inspiration for Moneypenny.
Speaking of being cast as Ann O’Neill, Lara Pulver said: “I am thrilled to be playing Ann, a real life high society siren worthy of Fleming’s finest fictional femme fatales. In extraordinary times Ann had the ear of politicians as powerful as Churchill and counted artists like Lucian Freud among her friends, yet was consumed by a torrid romance with the great Ian Fleming; a twisted and passionate love that would last the rest of their lives.”