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The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990)

Unrated | | Adventure, Biography, War | TV Movie 5 March 1990
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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Gen. Gerhard Hellstein
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Lady Evelyn
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Reuters Editor
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Lady Caroline
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Quincy
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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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The third stanza of one of the movie's taglines stated "Nobody does it better" which was the name of the Bond Song from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). See more »

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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 »

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Ian Fleming: Didn't you get my memo?
Admiral Godfrey: You send me a hundred memos a week!
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Follows James Bond: The First 21 Years (1983) See more »

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The life of Fleming is more exciting than the life of Bond. Apparently.
30 July 1998 | by See all my reviews

Fiction grounded in fact best describes this film. While they got the basics right, most of it is fantasy. The film focuses on young Ian Fleming's life, from his time as a Reuters' co-respondent in Moscow in the early 1930's to his genuine wartime position as the Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Admiral Sir John Godfrey.

There are plenty of Bondian references, some easy to spot, and some apparent only to the true fanatic. Jason Connery does a good job on an entertaining and amusing film, but the ending is too melodramatic for my liking.


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