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Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990)

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The Secret Life of Ian Fleming follows the exciting life of a dashing young Ian Fleming, the mastermind behind the highly successful James Bond books and movies. As a womanizer and a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Connery ... Ian Fleming
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Leda St Gabriel
Joss Ackland ... Gen. Gerhard Hellstein
Patricia Hodge ... Lady Evelyn
David Warner ... Adm. Godfrey
Colin Welland ... Reuters Editor
Fiona Fullerton ... Lady Caroline
Richard Johnson ... Gen. Halmsden
Julian Firth ... Quincy
Marsha Fitzalan ... Miss Delaney
Arkie Whiteley Arkie Whiteley ... Gallina
Tara MacGowran ... Daphne (as Tara McGowran)
Ingrid Held Ingrid Held ... Countess De Turbinville
Geoffrey Chater ... Lawyer
Edita Brychta ... Maya
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The Secret Life of Ian Fleming follows the exciting life of a dashing young Ian Fleming, the mastermind behind the highly successful James Bond books and movies. As a womanizer and a hopeless romantic Fleming got himself expelled from Eton and other prestigious public schools before his mother, fed up, sent to work for Reuters,the news bureau. Whilst covering a show-trial of British engineers in Soviet Moscow, Fleming pulled his first Bond-like escapade, almost losing his life in the process. This caught the interest of Britain's dormant yet watchful military intelligence, later to become the highly acclaimed S.O.E. After Fleming's recruitment into His Majesty's Service, his exploits become increasingly fantastic. It is difficult to believe that this is not fiction! The Secret Life of Ian Fleming goes to prove, once again, the truth certainly is stranger than fiction. One Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred! Written by Ras Jarborg <ras@algonet.se>

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Bond is back . . . in the untold story of the original agent 007. See more »


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M | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Working on this film as a draughtsman was Neil Lamont who had also previously worked on the James Bond film 'Licence to Kill' (1989) and afterwards as a supervising art director on both the Bond movies 'Goldeneye' (1995) and 'The World Is Not Enough' (1999), as well as an uncredited art director on 'Die Another Day' (2002). His father, Peter Lamont, worked on several James Bond movies. See more »

Goofs

Some of the naval files are marked as TOP SECRET. Prior to 1942, the highest level of classification used by Britain was called MOST SECRET. See more »

Quotes

Ian Fleming: Didn't you get my memo?
Admiral Godfrey: You send me a hundred memos a week!
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Follows Goldeneye (1989) See more »

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More entertaining than a Bond film.
11 August 2002 | by dwblurbSee all my reviews

I found The Secret Life of Ian Fleming more entertaining than any James Bond film that I have ever seen, though I will readily admit that I am not a fan of the series or the genre. The obviously low-budget nature of the film contributed towards an emphasis on story (though obviously a somewhat exaggerated one), rather than on gimmickry and gadgetry. You felt that even though the story undoubtedly didn't happen as it appeared on screen, that it COULD have happened like that - the bounds of credibility weren't stretched too far. Jason Connery showed that although he doubtless got the part because of his name, he was quite capable of playing it well. Kristin Scott Thomas, in an early role, is as usual outstanding (not to mention breathtakingly lovely) - there is ample evidence of the skill that has made her the pre-eminent actress of her generation. Throw in a good supporting cast with the likes of Patricia Hodge, Joss Ackland (one again doing malevolence to a tee), David Warner and Colin Welland, and you have an entertaining hour and a half to pass the time with.


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