Moon director Duncan Jones has found his next film project, and I can't wait to see what he does with it! Jones, who most recently directed the sci-fi film Source Code, is set to direct a biopic that centers on James Bond author Ian Fleming. I'm a big fan of Jones' film work and his directing style, and this sounds like it will be a great project for him to take on.
It's based on the on the biography by Andrew Lycett, Ian Fleming, the Man Behind James Bond. This project was actually being developed about two years ago, and James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) was in talks to play Fleming. It doesn't look like he's attached to the project though as Jones is currently in the middle of casting the movie.
The movie will be about the man behind James Bond, specifically focused on the war years that inspired him to create his badass Bond character. Basically, Flaming was a badass himself.
Years before creating Bond, Fleming struggled and floundered under the shadow of his family name (his father was a member of Parliament, and his siblings were also well-known, as well, including Peter — a travel writer). Likable but lost, Fleming was little but an aimless playboy, until his experiences in World War 2 changed his life, and it was those autobiographical experiences during war time that inspired James Bond, who was based — in part — on Fleming.
Fleming actually served as a Naval intelligence officer for the Royal Navy in the war, and helped mastermind secret operations around the world. It was these adventures that inspired him to create agent 007. Jones had this to say in a statement,
Fleming lived through one of the most perilous periods in world history, in a position that allowed him a unique vantage point of all the players, all the stakes. He witnessed true heroism first-hand. And he saw what evil men could do. Then, when the war ended, he went off to write fiction. The essential question for me is: Where did Ian Fleming end and Bond begin?"
The movie will go into production later this year, and I can't wait to see how it turns out, I think he's the right director for the job. What do you think about Jones directing this Ian Fleming biopic?