Moon director Duncan Jones has been hired to tell the life story of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. Britain’s K5 Films are developing the project in conjunction with the Fleming estate. There is already a screenplay by Matthew Brown, which is based on Andrew Lycett’s biography Ian Fleming, The Man Behind James Bond.
Fleming’s life was almost as exciting as the one he created for his fictional secret agent. As part of British Intelligence during World War Two, he worked such operations as Operation Mincemeat in which misinformation was leaked to the Nazis about the 9143 invasion of Italy, and Operation Golden Eye, which monitored events in Spain and the country’s relationship with the Axis powers after the Spanish Civil War. He also formed a commando unit known as 30 Assault Unit whose job it was to move out in front of a troop advance and seize documents from targeted enemy outposts. He also helped to plan and oversee missions for another unit known as T-Force that also recovered enemy documents.
Of course, Fleming would use his wartime experiences as a basis for his series of James Bond novels. In total, Fleming wrote 12 novels and nine short stories featuring the suave secret agent and the film franchise that the books have spawned is still going strong after four decades.
The film is expected to go into production later this year.