The Next James Bond is … James McAvoy — Sort Of

Actor attached to Ian Fleming pic

Last Updated: December 30, 2009 @ 8:22 AM

Palmstar Entertainment and Animus Films are developing a biopic based on the life of Ian Fleming. Currently working under the title "Ian Fleming," the movie will be about the man behind James Bond, specifically focused on the years that gave him inspiration for the Bond character.

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.

The movie itself will be based on the book, "Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond," by Andrew Lycett, who has also written books on Arthur Conan Doyle, Dylan Thomas and Rudyard Kipling.

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