BBC’s stylized retelling of the life of Ian Fleming came to a close tonight when “Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond” aired its final episode. The four-part mini-series chronicled everything from Fleming’s work with the Royal Navy to his troubles relationship with his mother.
This work was adapted off biographies about Fleming’s life, and BBC America clearly presented how reported aspects of the author’s history inspired his James Bond novels. In fact, in many ways Fleming was Bond in the flesh, even down to his real-life Bond girl, Ann O’Neill.
“Fleming” felt in many ways like the Bond project that will help tide fans over for the next official film, currently referred to as “Bond 24.” That movie has a tentative Nov. 6, 2015 release date in the United States.
Though this was a historical project, Dominic Cooper and Lara Pulver easily felt like they could have filled the roles of 007 and his femme fatale in an actual fictional adaptation of a Fleming story. Cooper didn’t get to play the action side of Fleming much — Fleming was better at dreaming up those sequences instead of living them — but he did ooze the charm and sex appeal that Bond/Fleming have become known for.
In the end, “Fleming” felt like it could have gone on longer. Ending the story before Ian and Ann actually tied the knot was an interesting move, and left one wanting more. That said, four episodes was the perfect length for the mini-series, and it was a fun look into the creator of one of the most fascinating characters in pop culture.