Duncan Jones To Direct Biopic About James Bond Creator Ian Fleming

With the “Skyfall” teaser still hot off the presses (and viewable below no less!), it was just announced that “Moon” director Duncan Jones will helm a biopic about “James Bond” creator Ian Fleming.

Variety has the news, saying that Jones is already busy casting the film, and it should begin shooting within the year. The project will be based on Andrew Lycett’s biography, “Ian Fleming, the Man Behind James Bond.”

For those of you who don’t know much about Fleming, his life was almost as exciting as that of the British Secret Service agent that he created. He worked as a writer for Reuters before being recruited into the Royal Navy during World War II. There he formed a group of specialized intelligence troops and blossomed in the position. Following the war, he worked as a journalist again before he started writing the “James Bond” novels in his Jamaican home, Goldeneye.

“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 the 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?” Jones wrote in a statement.

Ever since “Source Code” came out, we’ve been wondering what Jones’ next project would be. This Fleming biopic is definitely an interesting choice, since it is breaking Jones’ current run of great sci-fi films. The script is written by John Orloff and Damian Stevenson, but we’re inclined to hope that Jones take his own stab at it. After all, “Moon” (which he wrote) was a much stronger film than “Source Code” (which he didn’t write).

Despite this movie not having a sci-fi angle, it seems like a very Duncan Jones movie to make. And with the 23rd James Bond movie coming out this year, there seems like no better time to make it. Consider us intrigued.

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