Is Benedict Cumberbatch In Talks To Play Ian Fleming?

Benedict Cumberbatch (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Benedict Cumberbatch (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

There is probably nothing in this story that cannot be blown away with a decent lungful of air and a good puff, but that’s what makes it all the more enticing.

The Hollywood insider blog The Tracking Board is reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch has “been offered” the lead role in an independent biopic of James Bond author, spy and general gadabout rogue Ian Fleming. The movie will be adapted from Andrew Lycett’s biography of Fleming, and concentrate primarily on his years of service in the Second World War.

The film has had something of a troubled time getting out of development, as it was originally a pet project for Moon director Duncan Jones. He’s committed to delivering the movie Warcraft and has pulled out, leaving production companies K5 and Animus Films on the lookout for a new director who can sift through the intensely complicated strands of Fleming’s life (you’ve seen Fleming, right?) and hone in on his naval intelligence work.

Although if this latest news turns out to be true, and Benedict says yes, clearly that isn’t going to be too much of a problem for long.

See more:
Cumberbatch: ‘I’m Never Gonna Play the Doctor’
‘Fleming’ Personality Quiz: Which James Bond Are You?
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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

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