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  • Summary: During World War II, James Bond author Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper) was a rich playboy who failed as a stockbroker and army soldier before finding his calling with a position in British Naval Intelligence that would influence his future writings.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jan 27, 2014
    91
    Their [John Brownlow and co-writer Don Macpherson's] saga is so vividly shaded, even minor characters resonate.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 29, 2014
    80
    With fine supporting players like Anna Chancellor as Fleming’s wartime superior, Second Officer Monday, and Rupert Evans as Ian’s brother Peter, this four-part series makes us care about people whose fate neither we nor they can easily summarize.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Jan 28, 2014
    75
    The performances here are all good, and the chemistry between Cooper and, particularly, his lovers is palpable.
  4. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Jan 28, 2014
    60
    An enjoyable if inflated and overwrought four-part mini-series.
  5. Reviewed by: Liane Bonin Starr
    Jan 29, 2014
    58
    Fleming seems to want to have it both ways--a warts-and-all portrayal of a famous writer paired with heart-stopping adventure and intrigue. The problem, of course, is without Bond at the center of the excitement, we don't care much about what happens to Fleming.
  6. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jan 28, 2014
    50
    The mini-series and its characters are all over the map, stylistically, seeming unable to find the right tone for the time period.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Jones
    Jan 27, 2014
    38
    Fleming the character is Bond without the mystery, and Fleming the miniseries is a Bond epic reduced to the most generic of redemption stories.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 31, 2014
    9
    Loved all the visual references to the movies in the first episode. Found myself really engaged in the story, looking forward to the nextLoved all the visual references to the movies in the first episode. Found myself really engaged in the story, looking forward to the next episode. Wish I could binge watch the whole thing. Expand