Leonardo DiCaprio to Play James Bond’s Fleming?

Maybe, maybe not. But Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way will definitely be producing a movie called “Fleming”, which will be based on the life and times of Ian Fleming, the man who wrote the James Bond novels, and who was himself a spy during World War II. The biopic would open in 1952, and then flash back to Fleming’s early days during World War II, where he was a Commander of Naval Intelligence.

The LA Times has the plot:

His latest version of the screenplay begins on the eve of Fleming’s Jamaica wedding in 1952, just before his first Bond novel, “Casino Royale,” was published (a wedding present to his new wife).

It then flashes back to Fleming’s years as a Reuters journalist stationed in Moscow and then a Commander of Naval Intelligence (MI6 code name “17F”) during World War II who devised innovative spying plots.

Fleming later drew from his own playboy life and his espionage contemporaries’ to invent one of literature and film’s most enduring characters.

There was actually a 1990 TV movie about Ian Fleming’s life that starred Jason Connery, son of Sean Connery. And yes, I’m assuming casting Connery in the role of the guy who wrote the books that his father would one day be most famous for playing was on purpose.

But Leonardo DiCaprio as Ian Fleming? Why not. I don’t think there’s anyone out there DiCaprio can’t play. The guy really is that talented.

Below, the real Ian Fleming:

Ian Fleming