She famously set pulses racing playing nude temptress Irene Adler alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the last series of BBC’s Sherlock. Now British actress Lara Pulver is set to take on the role of a real-life Bond girl when she stars as the wife of Ian Fleming in a new Sky Atlantic biopic.
The 32-year-old, who has also made appearances in Spooks and Robin Hood, will portray society girl Ann, who was married to the 007 creator until his death in 1964. The new four-part drama series starring Dominic Cooper as the Bond writer is titled Fleming and will be screened in the UK later this year.
It will also feature Anna Chancellor as Lieutenant Monday in Naval Intelligence and Samuel West as Admiral John Godfrey, both thought to be models for Moneypenny and Bond’s boss M. Rounding off the cast are Rupert Evans who will play Ian’s brother Peter, a well-known travel writer and war hero, Annabelle Wallis as Muriel, a young girl who catches Fleming’s eye, and Lesley Manville as his mother Eve.
Pulver’s character, Ann, was previously married to the second Viscount Rothermere, the proprietor of the Daily Mail, before she divorced and wed Fleming. “I am thrilled to be playing Ann, a real life high society siren worthy of Fleming’s finest fictional femme fatales,” she said.
“In extraordinary times Ann had the ear of politcians as powerful as Churchill and counted artists like Lucian Freud among her friends, yet was consumed by a torrid romance with the great Ian Fleming – a twisted and passionate love that would last the rest of their lives.”
Fleming will be shot on location in the UK and Bulgaria in early 2013 in time to hit our television screens later this year.
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