In London, 1938, Ian Fleming is a dissolute playboy, eclipsed by his dead war hero father and successful brother. While propping up the bar at a jazz club, he meets Ann O'Neill, an alluring socialite. Unlike many of his conquests, Ann is more than a match for him. She already has a husband and a lover, Esmond Rothermere. Fleming finds solace in the arms of a beautiful dispatch rider named Muriel. Following a frosty morning-after encounter with Muriel, Fleming's domineering mother secures him a job assisting Naval Intelligence's Admiral John Godfrey. He quickly incurs Godfrey's wrath when he cooks up an unorthodox scheme to get information from two captured German submariners. However, Fleming's valuable findings make it apparent that an imaginative approach could be just what the war effort requires.
Did You Know?
The martini Fleming orders is a variation of the Vesper, a drink that was later invented by his character James Bond in the novel Casino Royale. The martini is only missing a "large thin slice of lemon peel." See more
Shortly after getting his naval uniform, Fleming is walking down a hallway, followed by an older man in a gray suit. Fleming slows down briefly and the man in gray walks past him. In the following shot, the gray-suited man is behind Fleming, once again. See more
This Bond fellow, I don't like him one bit. He's a sadistic brute.
I thought that was your type.
Say It Isn't So
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Connee Boswell See more