Actor Dominic Cooper and the producers of a new Ian Fleming biopic have warned James Bond fans their portrayal of the author will be "sexed up" when it airs next year (14). The Mamma Mia! actor will star as the creator of the world's most famous spy in Sky Atlantic's biopic series Fleming, opposite Lara Pulver, who will play his wife Ann.
Cooper has warned that the writers have taken "huge liberties" in retelling Fleming's wartime heroics, choosing to highlight the more sensational accounts of his bravery during World War II.
He tells Britain's The Times newspaper, "There's what he says he did, there's what his biographers say he did, and then there's what we say he did."
Later episodes of the four-part series show the author firing a machine gun at enemy troops and fighting hand-to-hand with German soldiers, but it is thought Fleming only had limited battlefield experience and spent much of his time behind a desk.
The show's director Mat Whitecross, who previously worked on The Road To Guantanamo, says everything depicted in the show is based on fact to some degree, but concedes they have embellished the author's life.
He says, "Everything is based on something real, but we have sexed it up at times. If you look at other versions of the biography, he is deskbound, but that doesn't make great drama. He didn't have any fisticuffs with Nazis, but it felt like it would be better if he did."
Fleming is scheduled to air on Sky Atlantic in February (14).
One of James Bond's most iconic villains may be set to make a return after producers settled a long-running legal dispute over the character. Ernst Stavro Blofeld, along with his white cat and dreams of world domination, is one of Bond's most instantly recognisable villains after appearing in films such as From Russia with Love, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice.
He was dreamed up by Bond's creator Ian Fleming with the help of Kevin McClory, the screenwriter who adapted the 007 books for cinema. Courts later ruled McClory owned substantial elements of the Bond mythos, allowing him to make the 'unofficial' Bond film Never Say Never Again in 1983 and ruling Blofeld out of later additions to the spy franchise.
The Irish writer died in 2006 and his family has now sold its remaining stake in the Bond franchise to the companies behind the 007 movies, meaning Blofeld could make a reappearance in future films.
A statement reads, "Danjaq, LLC, the producer of the James Bond films, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), the longtime distributor of the Bond films, along with the estate and family of the late Kevin McClory, announced today that Danjaq and MGM have acquired all of the estate's and family's rights and interests relating to James Bond, thus bringing to an amicable conclusion the legal and business disputes that have arisen periodically for over 50 years."