London, 1939. Ian Fleming is an irresponsible playboy living in the shadow of his dead war hero father, his successful author brother and his domineering mother. Bound to a dismal desk job and generally seen as a disappointment, he nonetheless dreams of becoming the ‘ultimate’ man – a hero, a lover, a brute, the one who always gets the girl.
When the Second World War breaks out, Fleming suddenly finds himself with a chance to shine – to prove his worth – with a job in Naval Intelligence. At first, he is inclined to treat his new job as a big adventure but as the shocking consequences and challenges of war become ever clearer to him, he begins to learn where his real talents lie – and what it takes to be a real man.
Through mind-blowing escapades at home and abroad, Fleming risks his life. But will he ever dare to risk his heart? Packed with lust, romance, humour, jeopardy and explosive action – and set in Britain, France, Germany and Jamaica – this is the fascinating story of the man whose own life and adventures were the inspiration for one of the most iconic spies in modern literature – James Bond.
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond airs from Wednesday, 5 March at 21:15 on BBC Entertainment
James Taylor recorded the V/O and mixed the promo for this new series.